After more than a decade at Unilever, Amita Chaudhury joined Asian insurance giant AIA as Head of Sustainability.
In a LinkedIn post on Tuesday (May 4), Ms. Chaudhury wrote that she was delighted to support AIA’s “ambition to build healthier, longer and better lives for millions of people in Asia”.
She is joining AIA to further integrate the company’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) commitment into AIA’s operations, and to lead sustainability efforts across the organization, a spokesperson told Eco-Business.
Chaudhury had been on secondment to the United Nations Global Compact, as senior advisor on sustainable development, for a year and a half. At Unilever, she was responsible for Sustainable Business, South East Asia and Australasia, and prior to that, Global Director of Diversity and Inclusion, based in London and Singapore.
She joined AIA a month after the Hong Kong-based company, which is Asia’s largest life insurer, released a new version of its sustainable development report in which he unveiled new measures to curb coal funding following sustained pressure from environmental groups.
Chaudhury oriented her career towards sustainability at Unilever in 2010. Previously, she worked in marketing, at Colgate Palmolive and also at Unilever in India.
Within the United Nations Global Compact, she led the strategy development for the United Nations Global Compact Academy, which trains businesses to support their sustainability ambitions.
At Unilever, she has made efforts to build a circular economy for flexible plastic packaging, build collection and recycling infrastructure, advocacy and partnerships. During her time in the consumer goods business, she won the World Business Council of Sustainable Development’s Leading Women in Asia award.
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