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Christopher Gavigan

Founder and Chief Purpose Officer, The Honest Company
  • With Jessica Alba co-founded The Honest Company, a $1.7 billion venture that only began selling product in 2012
  • Former non-profit CEO and best-selling author of Healthy Child, Healthy World
  • Discusses building a trusted brand and a purpose-driven corporate culture
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BrandingCorporate Social Responsibility RetailDisruptionConsumer BehaviorCorporate CultureBusiness Leaders From Major Brands

Designer, eco-friendly diapers. Non-toxic laundry detergent. Plant-based lotion and shampoo. A host of clean, sustainable personal care & home products. And, a commitment to a happy, healthy life with family products that are “effective, safe, beautiful, accessible, and responsible.” Christopher Gavigan is a best-selling author and the Founder + Chief Purpose Officer of iconic lifestyle brand The Honest Company. With actress Jessica Alba, he founded the company to empower and educate the next generation of consumers to challenge the marketplace to think about the people they serve. This idea and his passion for it have been integral in growing the Honest Company from concept to a $1.7 billion organization—experiencing what Forbes called “an absurd level of growth.” Named a Men’s Fitness “Game Changer,” and EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015, Gavigan shares the keys to The Honest Company’s success: fostering authentic consumer relationships paired with a relentless entrepreneurial spirit.

Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities, Inc. speakers bureau, he describes how to humanize a brand and give it personality in order to create an emotional tie with consumers, and shares how developing a mutual respect between the organization and its market (through transparency, emotion, and purpose) is the most important factor driving the bottom line. He offers up insights on innovative marketing tactics, brand creation and architecture, pipeline development and sustainable product innovations, intentional culture creation, values-based social enterprise, managing and prioritizing brand growth, and maintaining a deep consumer loyalty and relationship.

In Honest’s first year selling products in 2012, it hit $12 million in revenue. In 2014, it was $150+ million, and predictions for 2016 set expectations at more than $300+ million. And since its inception, as a mission-driven company, Honest has donated nearly 13,000,000 products and over 14,000 employee volunteer hours, and heavily invests in environmental health research with Mt. Sinai Hospital. Gavigan’s commitment and consciousness have been instrumental in spreading awareness about children’s environmental health and providing actionable information to millions of homes worldwide. The best-selling author of Healthy Child, Healthy World, Gavigan was also the CEO/Executive of a national nonprofit of the same name for 6+ years. In that role, he has advocated for state and national legislative reforms of domestic chemical regulatory system, championing new standards and safe options for families in the consumer marketplace. He has also launched public awareness campaigns and educational programming that educated millions about daily choices and actions that affect our children’s health and our planet’s future. Gavigan grew Healthy Child Healthy World's annual budget by four times in six years and built strategic partnerships with Google, WebMD, Target, Seventh Generation, Microsoft, Babycenter, Universal Studios, Stonyfield Farms, Whole Foods, and many other market leaders.

Gavigan lives in Santa Monica with his wife and 4 children. He sits on the board of directors of Mount Sinai Hospital’s Children Environmental Health Center (CEHC), is a chief advisor to the Green Product Innovation Institute, and is on the advisory boards of Healthy Child Healthy World, SAIL Venture Partners, and UCLA’s Environmental Health Sciences Department. 

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