Sales: $225 million.
Key Personnel: John Replogle, chief executive officer.
Major Products: Household and personal care products.
Comments: This marks Seventh Generation’s final appearance in Happi’s Top 50 Report, as it became part of Unilever in the final quarter of 2016. Unilever liked 7thGen’s business principles and practices, its position in the natural home and personal care marketplace, and surely its financial performance. After all, this Burlington, VT-based B Corp has enjoyed double digit compounded annual growth over the last 10 years.
It should come as no surprise that Seventh Generation was unhappy about President Trump’s decision to pull out the Paris Climate Accord. A company blog post from June 1 read:
“As a company that is committed to considering our impact on the health of the next seven generations, we are incredibly disturbed by the current administration’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement. There are several scary, negative consequences of this decision, but perhaps the most disturbing consequence will be on human health. From respiratory allergies and asthma, to poor water quality, and mosquito borne illnesses like Zika – climate change is having an impact on our health, today.
Even more alarming, is that the negative health impacts from climate are affecting the world’s most vulnerable populations. Children and pregnant women. Low-income communities and front-line populations living near oil extraction sites. 88% of the existing global burden of disease due to climate change falls on children; mainly children living in developing countries and populations of low socioeconomic status, worldwide (2). A decision by the most powerful in our country puts the health of vulnerable people at risk.
We at Seventh Generation are committed to reversing negative health impacts from climate change by supporting a low-carbon economy. As a business, we work each day to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels: from bottling our products in recycled material, creating products using plant-based materials over petroleum based ones, where possible – we are working to find solutions to do our part. But we know that systemic change is the only way to have a real impact on the climate. This is why we are calling on you, as an individual, to join in and do your part…”