During the 2016 public evening of the "Enterprise, Innovation & Sustainable Development Circle", Bart Houlahan, co-founder of B Lab presented a keynote address "Are B Corps redefining business for the 21st century?".
His talk was followed by a discussion panel with
Nicolas Bearelle, CEO of Re-Vive, a certified B Corp
Pierre Gillet, Coordinator of Village Finance
Pierre Mottet, Chairman of the board IBA
Marcello Palazzi, Co-founder, B Lab Europe
Virginie Smans, Laureate of the HERA Master's Thesis Award in Sustainable Finance
Dirk Vansintjan, Co-founder of Ecopower and President of REScoop.eu
Moderated by Virginie Xhauflair, Assistant Professor, HEC-ULg.
Photos of the evening held with some 150 attendees from classical business and social and cooperative economy at the BEL (Tour & Taxis, Brussels) on 30th November 2016 are already available here.
B Corp is a corporate certification for sustainable businesses and social enterprises that meet higher standards of social and environmental performance and accountability towards all stakeholders.
B Corps aim to 'redefine success in business by competing not to be the best in the world, but to be the best for the world'.
B Corp is also a diverse community with nearly 2,000 certified companies worldwide, including Patagonia, Ben & Jerry's, Etsy.com or in Europe Ecover, La Camif, Nature & Découverte.
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 an advisory board member of the Wharton Impact Investing Initiative, and the G8 Impact Measurement Working Group.
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