John Replogle is a partner at One Better Ventures and the former CEO of both Burt’s Bees and Seventh Generation and has an impressive track record in Corporate Advocacy – October’s Conscious Company content theme. His current work at One Better Ventures nurtures and develops consumer brands that have a positive impact on the world by advising, investing in, and incubating mission-driven ventures with breakthrough sustainable business models. John’s commitment to long-term thinking and using business for policy change makes his entire industry better and has given him a wealth of knowledge to share with our members on the topic of Corporate Advocacy.
We caught up with Seventh Generation’s CEO John Replogle to get the scoop on how things have changed inside his company since the acquisition. We talked about the role of business in society and how Seventh Generation is using new forms of governance to preserve its mission, and more.
Company leaders like you can tell policymakers about the needs of green, responsible, and innovative companies. When you tell your company’s story to media and lawmakers, you challenge the narrative that the struggle is “polar bears vs. jobs” or some other false choice. We hope you’ll take this opportunity to strengthen your business voice, and be heard.
For responsible business leaders today, taking principled positions is no longer an option. It’s part of the job description. Customers expect it. Employees demand it. And it’s why they are responsible business leaders in the first place.
The Trump administration and its allies in Congress seem to see business as extractive and focused on short-term profit at all costs. This version of “running government like a business” actually threatens, rather than strengthens, much of what responsible businesspeople hold dear — and is a step backward on the journey to a triple-bottom-line economy
What do a pizza restaurant and a leadership development center have in common? Besides the fact that they’re both Colorado businesses, these companies are also active advocates for local policy change in Colorado.
Whether they call it sustainable business, socially responsible business, conscious capitalism, or social entrepreneurship, today all kinds of companies know business can be not just a way to make money, but a powerful, positive force in society. Yet while this shift is inspiring, to achieve true large-scale change, businesses must also push for changes in public policy.