Keynote Speaker Jeffrey Hollender

Jeffrey Hollender

Sustainable Business Expert, Environmental Advocate, Activist and Former CEO of Seventh Generation

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $7,500 - $10,000 i
  • Languages Spoken
    English
  • Travels From
    Vermont, USA

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JEFFREY HOLLENDER is a leading authority on corporate responsibility, sustainability and social equity.  More than twenty-three years ago, he co-founded Seventh Generation and went on to build the fledgling company into a leading natural product brand known for its authenticity, transparency, and progressive business practices.  Today, as a CEO, author, speaker, consultant, and activist, Jeffrey’s mission is to inspire and provoke business leaders to think differently about the role they and their companies play in society.  Along the way, he’s working to drive systemic change that makes it easier for businesses to become radically more sustainable, transparent and responsible.

In 1988, Hollender co-founded and was for over two decades the CEO of Seventh Generation, the leading brand of sustainable, non-toxic household and personal care products. Currently Hollender is the Founder and Chief Inspired Protagonist of Hollender Sustainable Brands, makers of Sustain, non-toxic, fair trade, and sustainable personal care and sexual wellness products for women. Sustain products are sold in over 4,000 stores including Whole Foods, Target, CVS and Kroger. Hollender is also an Adjunct Professor for sustainability and social entrepreneurship at New York University.

Hollender’s passion for changing the negative impact that industry has on the environment and society is evident in each of his seven books, including 2010’s The Responsibility Revolution: How the Next Generation of Businesses Will Win.   Hollender has also helped millions of Americans make green and ethical product choices, beginning with his bestselling title, How to Make the World a Better Place, a Beginner’s Guide, in 1990.  His most recent book, Planet Home: Conscious Choices for Cleaning & Greening the World You Care About Most (Clarkson Potter/Publishers; December 28, 2010) guides consumers through the dizzying array of decisions they make each day, helping them understand which choices matter most and which have hidden repercussions.

A born entrepreneur, Jeffrey’s first business ventures were in the field of education and publishing: the Skills Exchange in Toronto and Network for Learning in New York City. He sold Network for Learning to Warner Publishing, a division of Warner Communications in 1985 and after tenure as president of the renamed firm, Warner Audio Publishing, he acquired Renew America, a mail order catalog of green products, which eventually became Seventh Generation. His record of sustainable achievements and thought leadership is unparalleled in the business world.

Hollender was the Co-Chair of the Greenpeace US Board of Directors until 2013 and now continues to serve on the Board of Directors. He is also the co-founder and Board Chair of the American Sustainable Business Council, a coalition of over 200,000 business leaders committed to progressive public policy, and serves on the Board of Verité, a leading workers’ rights organization. He divides his time between Charlotte, VT, and New York City.

Testimonials 4

  • 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, Fast Forward Conference

  • Students in my MBA classes at Columbia Business School and at Oxford University’s Said School of Business found Jeffrey to be one of the most compelling speakers among the host of “star entrepreneurs” we had during the courses. In particular, they appreciated his willingness to talk honestly about the challenges – and the rewards – of starting and growing a business. They also fully welcomed that Jeffrey engaged with them as future business leaders who will be grappling with some of the practices and systems in the financial world that compromise companies’ ability to incorporate fully environmental and social obligations that any company must fulfill in today’s world.

    Dr. Pamela Hartigan

    Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Said Business School, The University of Oxford

  • Jeffrey Hollender has been one of the true visionaries in American business overt the past quarter century. More importantly he has walked the talk and built a business that has had wide-spread influence throughout the consumer goods industry. Jeffrey is extremely engaging and sincere as a speaker, and most importantly has a message that truly matters.”

    Peter Senge

    Director for the Center for Organizational Learning, MIT Sloan School

  • Jeffrey definitely stands out as one of the memorable speakers who I have seen over the last few years. He is both effective at get his point across and thoroughly entertaining. He has the ability to make complex ideas simple and accessible by using everyday examples which you can connect with both intellectually and emotionally. Jeffrey’s energetic personality along with his honest, approachable and humorous style warms up the audience and maintains their interest and attention throughout his talks. His ability to engage people’s thoughts while entertaining them is the reason that he is a meaningfully memorable speaker. However, as important as his ability to speak is what he is saying – his point of view on sustainability is pivotal, visionary, inspirational and essential in today’s corporate environment. I first saw him speak at a Fast Company event last spring and immediately after the talk I asked him to come speak at Smart Design because I knew his point of view is essential in shaping the way designers should be thinking as they create new consumer experiences.

    Anthony Do Bitonto

    Vice President, Industrial Design

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