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"Jeffrey is one of the most passionate, incisive, provocative, and thought-provoking business leaders I’ve come across in my years as a business journalist. When he speaks to a crowd—particularly about sustainability and capitalism—you can feel the room being refreshed by someone willing to be so candid and politically incorrect in the most productive way possible.”

- Danielle Sacks, Senior Writer, Fast Company and organizer of the Fast Company, Fast Forward Conference.

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Jeffrey Hollender

Jeffrey Hollender

  • Chair of the Business Leadership Council
  • Co-Founder of the American Sustainable Business Council
  • Co-Founder and former President and CEO of Seventh Generation

"There is never a business for which sustainability isn't relevant," stated Jeffrey Hollender, one of America's leading advocates for environmental change and corporate responsibility, as well as the founder of Seventh Generation, America’s leading brand of environmental household products, which he built on the premise that a sustainable business is a responsible business.  Jeffrey frequently addresses businesses and associations on social and environmental responsibility and has consulted for multi-national corporations including Wal-Mart, Nike, Microsoft and Kimberly Clark. As a perpetual entrepreneur, he understands business goals and investors’ expectations and makes a compelling case for how a responsible business can create more value for its stakeholders faster and more sustainably than businesses that don’t have an ethos of responsibility. Jeffrey has developed nuts-and-bolts transformation plans for some of the world’s leading companies across industries and he shares these plans in his speeches and workshops.

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The Business Case for Sustainability

In today's world, a company's value is measured not only in tangible assets, but also in intangible assets, such as reputation, customer good will, ethical behavior, etc... Therefore, it is important for a company to find ways to grow and sustain their intangible assets in this "social" culture. Jeffrey is the founder of Seventh Generation, America’s leading brand of environmental household products, which he built on the premise that a sustainable business is a responsible business. In this presentation, Hollender outlines fresh ideas and actionable strategies to commit your company to a genuine socially and environmentally responsible mission. He outlines how doing so creates more value for investors and employees, mitigates risk, opens access to capital, leads to higher employee retention and – believe it or not –reduces operating costs.

Philanthropy & the Larger Concept of Corporate Social Responsibility

In the corporate world, philanthropy is not just about an individual CEO giving back, but about the larger concept of Corporate Social Responsibility and steering companies to respond to society’s larger needs. In this speech, Jeffrey Hollender, a leading voice on Corporate Responsibility 2.0 and author of The Responsibility Revolution: How the Next Generation of Businesses Will Win, addresses the need for companies to create value for shareholders as well as society through their activities. He also inspires companies to go further by creating shared value. A company should consciously identify areas of focus, where shareholders’ interests and society’s interests strongly intersect, and where value creation can be optimized for both. As a result, the company invests resources, both in terms of talent and capital, in those areas where the potential for joint value creation is the greatest.

Jeffrey Hollender Biography, Background, and Speaker Profile

In 1989, Jeffrey Hollender helped to start Seventh Generation. His first book, How to Make the World a Better Place: A Guide for Doing Good, was published in January of 1990 and revised in 1995. To date, 110,000 copies have helped people help one another and the environment. In addition to this best-seller, Hollender’s other books include What Matters Most—How a Visionary Group Of Pioneers Are Teaching Social Responsibility To Big Business And Why Big Business Is Listening; Naturally Clean, which was written with his daughter, Meika Hollender; In Our Every Deliberation, Seventh Generation: the Journey toward Corporate Consciousness; and The Responsibility Revolution, How the Next Generation of Business Will Win. In January 2011, Random House published his latest book, Planet Home.

Hollender has worked with some of the nation’s largest business in their efforts to become more sustainable and responsible companies including: Wal-Mart, Nike, Microsoft and Kimberly Clark.

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