What the Unilever Seventh Generation Acquisition Means for Social Ventures

In impact investing circles, we have long talked about the scarcity of large, financially-rewarding, investor exits. While there have been some financially profitable exits and many enterprises with valuations now well above what investors paid for their stakes, there have been very few exits with deal prices at which pure financial investors take notice.

Two weeks ago that may have changed. In what is arguably the largest acquisition to date of a social enterprise, Unilever announced that it was acquiring Seventh Generation, a B Corp and maker of eco-friendly household products, for what Fortune, citing a “source familiar with the deal,” said was between $600-700 million.

Continue reading the full blog post, authored by CASE Executive-in-Residence and Sproxil Co-Founder Alden Zecha here.