Jay Coen Gilbert
Co-Founder, B Lab
B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. Its vision is to change the operating system, culture, and practice of business so that all companies compete to be the best FOR the world, and as a result society will enjoy a shared and durable prosperity for all. B Lab drives this systemic change by: 1) building a global community of Certified B Corporations who meet the highest standards of verified, overall social and environmental performance, public transparency, and stakeholder governance; 2) promoting Benefit Corporation Governance to align the purpose of business with the interests of society and to help high impact businesses be built to last; 3) supporting Impact Management using the B Impact Assessment and SDG Action Manager to help businesses manage their impact with as much rigor as their profits. As of October 2019, there are more than 3,000 Certified B Corporations from over 150 industries and 60 countries; more than 8,000 businesses have registered as benefit corporations in the 37 states and three countries that have enacted benefit corporation laws; more than 50,000 businesses manage their impact using the B Impact Assessment; and more than 200 universities and 1,200 educators around the world are teaching about the B Corp movement. B Lab has been recognized in almost every major business publication (including Forbes, Fortune, The New York Times, The Economist, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal), and its work was named by Fast Company as one of “20 Moments That Mattered Over the Last 20 Years.”
Prior to B Lab, despite having no game, Jay cofounded and sold AND 1, a $250M basketball footwear and apparel company based outside Philadelphia. Jay led AND 1’s product and marketing and was AND 1’s CEO during its period of most rapid growth and decline. As cofounder of B Lab, Jay is a recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and the McNulty Prize. Jay is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and former Board member of KIPP Philadelphia Schools, Investors’ Circle and Social Venture Network. For more than a decade, Jay has co-taught an applied religion class about the role of business in society at Westtown School, a 200 year old Quaker school. Jay grew up in New York City and graduated from Stanford University with a degree in East Asian Studies in 1989. Prior to AND 1, Jay worked for McKinsey & Co and several organizations in NYC’s public and nonprofit sectors. Between AND 1 and B Lab, Jay enjoyed a sabbatical Down Under and in Monteverde, Costa Rica with his yogini wife Randi and two children, Dex and Ria, now 21 and 19. Jay and Randi live in Berwyn, PA.