Bart Houlahan

In 2006, Bart Houlahan, along with partners Jay Coen Gilbert and Andrew Kassoy, co-founded B Lab, a non-profit organization dedicated to using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.

B Lab drives systemic change through three interrelated initiatives: Certified B Corporations, a corporate certification for sustainable businesses and social enterprises that meet higher standards of social and environmental performance and legal accountability; Global Impact Investing Rating System Ratings and Analytics, a ratings platform (analogous to Morningstar and Capital IQ) that drives capital to impact investments by assessing the social and environmental performance of companies and funds; and Benefit Corporations, a new, legally recognized corporate form that changes corporate fiduciary duty, permitting companies to create shareholder value and social value.

Prior to co-founding B Lab, Houlahan was the president of AND1, a $250 million basketball footwear and apparel company.

Houlahan is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and an Advisory Board member of the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.


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