CEO of eco-friendly home products company to speak Sept. 19

CEO of eco-friendly home products company to speak Sept. 19

Jeffrey Hollender, CEO and founder of Burlington, Vt.-based Seventh Generation, an eco-friendly home products company, will meet with full-time MBA students, give a public presentation and sign his new book on Monday, Sept. 19.

Hollender will address MBA students from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Student Commons, lower level, Terrence Murphy Hall. His public presentation is from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 448, Terrence Murphy Hall. A reception and book-signing follows from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the atrium of Terrence Murphy Hall.

Hollender is former director of the Social Venture Network, a group of socially conscious business executives, and co-founder of community Capital Bank, a New York financial institution that invests in affordable housing and community development. He also served as president of the Rainforest Foundation and has spoken at a wide variety of forums and conferences on sustainable growth, corporate responsibility and environmental affairs.

Hollender's latest book, What Matters Most: How a Small Group of Pioneers are Teaching Social Responsibility to Big Business and Why They're Listening (Basic Books, December 2003), is an in-depth, real-life look at what corporations and their leadership are doing to contribute to a sustainable, ethical business community. His previous book, How to Make the World a Better Place: a Guide for Doing Good (William Morrow, 1989), offered 120 responses to problems in area such as the environment; food, hunger, and agriculture; responsible banking and investing; responsible consumerism; and peace, nonviolence and human rights.

Hollender's Twin Cities' visit coincides with the introduction of Seventh Generation products, including a new line of more eco-friendly disposable diapers, at Target stores. His appearance at St. Thomas is sponsored by the university's College of Business.

To attend Hollender's talks, R.S.V.P. today, Sept. 16, by calling (651) 962-4281.