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Published on Aug 25, 2014
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. After watching the new owner of his sports apparel company strip away long standing commitments to employees, community and the environment, Bart Houlahan knew there had to be a better way to use business as a force for good. He co-founded B Corporation, a growing movement of more than 1000 corporations in 80 industries and 30 countries creating a new sector of the economy with the ability to alleviate poverty, rebuild communities and restore the environment.
Bart Houlahan along with his partners, Jay Coen Gilbert and Andrew Kassoy, co-founded B Lab in 2006. B Lab is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving entrepreneurs using business as a force for good.
Prior to B Lab, Bart was President of AND 1, a $250 MM basketball footwear and apparel company. Bart is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, a recipient of the 2014 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, and a board member of the Fuqua Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE), the Wharton Impact Investing Initiative, and the G8 Impact Measurement Working Group.
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