Jeffrey Hollender is co-founder and former CEO of Seventh Generation, which he built into a leading natural product brand of household and personal care products from 1988 to 2010. Seventh Generation’s line of over 100 products is distributed in most leading retailers including: Target, Whole Foods, Kroger, Safeway and Amazon.
Hollender is currently the founder and CEO of Hollender Sustainable Brands, a consumer products company that develops and markets Sustain reproductive healthcare products. He is also Adjunct Professor of sustainability and social entrepreneurship at New York University and serves on the Kimberly-Clark and the Morgan Stanley Sustainability Advisory Boards.
As an author, speaker and consultant Hollender is a leading authority on corporate responsibility, sustainability, social equity, global health care, and population issues. Hollender is the author of seven books focused on corporate responsibility and sustainability including, The Responsibility Revolution: How the Next Generation of Businesses Will Win. His most recent book, Planet Home: Conscious Choices for Cleaning & Greening the World You Care About Most, guides consumers through the dizzying array of environmental decisions they make each day, helping them understand which choices matter most.
Hollender’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. In 1985, after selling Network for Learning to Warner Publishing, a division of Warner Communications (now Time Warner), he was appointed president of the renamed firm, Warner Audio Publishing. In 1988, he acquired Renew America, a mail order catalog of green products, which eventually became Seventh Generation.
Hollender is the co-founder and co-chair of the American Sustainable Business Council, a coalition of 200,000 business leaders committed to corporate responsibility. He also serves on the board of Greenpeace US and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. He divides his time between Charlotte, VT, and New York City.
“Jeffrey is that all to rare visionary in possession of both the relentless will and profound intellect needed to truly realize large-scale social change. His tremendous success in combining a profitable bottom line with his deep belief in the positive role business can play in building a better world speaks for itself. His relentless passion, transparency, dedication, and constantly evolving thinking serve as great exemplars of what a true social entrepreneur is, and what he or she can accomplish. The world needs more people who think and act as he does.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”