About Us

Liberty & Justice is Africa’s leading Fair Trade Certified™ apparel manufacturing company. We specialize in value chain management for high-volume, time-sensitive, duty-free goods for leading American clothing brands, trading companies, and other importers who care about exceptional quality, on-time delivery, social and environmental impact, and geographic diversity.

Vision: Liberty & Justice is committed to a future in which producers and consumers are completely aligned in making economic choices that result in the eradication of poverty, the responsible stewardship of the environment, and the empowerment of workers through the fair exchange of quality goods and services.

Mission: Liberty & Justice was established to transform the apparel supply chain from worker exploitation and environmental degradation to partnership and sustainability.

  • 2011 SVN Social Innovation Award Winner
  • 90% Female Workforce
  • First GIIRS Five Star Rated Company
  • First Fair Trade Certified™ Factory in Africa

Governance

L&J is committed to conducting business with integrity and to embed measurable social and environmental impact considerations into the company’s corporate and risk management strategies. The company continues to implement proven best practices in corporate governance with an emphasis on transparency. Currently 25% of the company’s directors are women and 25% are independent. Fewer than 50% of L&J’s directors own or represent an organization that owns greater than 5% of the company.

The Board of Directors and management will continue to uphold its corporate governance culture and standards, with a focus on profitability while benefiting all stakeholders in a sustainable manner.

Current investors can contact us for a copy of our financial reports

Co-founders

  • Chid Liberty

    Chid Liberty

    CEO

    Chid co-founded Liberty & Justice after a short career in technology and finance. He was born in Liberia, West Africa, but left as an infant when his father became the nation’s ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, with residence in Bonn. His family was later exiled in the United States. In 2009, Chid returned to Africa after 28 years abroad. Inspired by the Nobel Peace Prize winning Liberian Women’s Peace Movement, Chid co-founded Africa’s first Fair Trade Certified economic opportunities for internally displaced women, who on balance, were vulnerable to rampant unemployment and economic exclusion. He is currently leading L&J’s rapid expansion in Liberia and throughout the region.

    In addition to his work at Liberty & Justice, Chid served as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Liberia’s Monrovia Business Startup Center. He also speaks internationally on social innovation and entrepreneurship – most recently at Harvard, Stanford, and Princeton Universities, as well as the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia and IE in Madrid, Spain.

    Chid was recognized by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in her 2011 State of the Nation Address for his leadership in shaping trade policy and indigenous African entrepreneurship. He is a recipient of the 2011 SVN Social Innovation Award, a 2010 Cordes Fellow, a 2009 BALLE Fellow, a Yoxi Portfolio SIR (Social Innovation Rockstar) and works as an advisor to leading organizations addressing global challenges including Fair Trade USA, GIIRS (the Global Impact Investment Rating System), More than Me, and the Opportunity Collaboration.

  • Adam Butlein

    Adam Butlein

    Co-Founder

    Adam is a serial entrepreneur, third-generation start-up founder, specializing in innovative start-ups and disruptive creativity, challenging conventional wisdom to deliver business benefits from otherwise undervalued assets. Founding Liberty and Justice was Adam’s first foray into social entrepreneurship – having demonstrated a longstanding commitment to philanthropy and social justice, this social venture was a perfect marriage of Adam’s entrepreneurial mind, philanthropic heart, and people-first value orientation. His tenacity and persistence are among the most critical assets he contributed to Liberty and Justice in the early years – not to mention his considerable network and impassioned vision which secured crucial venture-philanthropy to support the fledgling start-up and the Liberian women who so closely tied their fate to its success.

    Prior to founding Liberty & Justice, Adam pioneered new ventures and sales territory for numerous multi-million dollar companies. He has a demonstrated track record of success as a leading sales executive for smart home automation start-up Techteriors and forged new sales terrain, opening up new markets for Federal Building Services. Adam has a keen artistic eye and began his professional career as a fine-art photographer. A student of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Adam incorporates visual sensibilities into his growing portfolio that includes work for several highly visible retail brands including Victoria’s Secret, Parisians Catalog, Dupont Lycra, Coca-Cola, and Kodak.

    Most committed to his accomplishments on the home front, Adam is the proud father of daughter Presley Bijou and counts his blessings for his best friend, love of his life, and wife Katrina. In his increasingly scarce free time, Adam sits on the Board of Directors of Tikkun Olam, a private foundation where he oversees grants and investments in numerous projects and organizations addressing some of the globe’s most pressing social issues.



Board of Directors

  • Sean Ansett

    Sean Ansett

    Acting Chairman of the Board, Director/Social Audit Committee

    Sean Ansett is a senior sustainability professional with over 15 years experience. Sean currently provides strategic advice to corporations, social start-ups, UN agencies and Non-profit organizations on ethical trade, human rights and environmental sustainability globally through his advisory firm At Stake Advisors in London, UK. He is an Editorial Board member of Ethical Corporation Magazine, a Wisdom Council Member of Hub Madrid and advises social enterprises Fairphone, LaborVoices and UpstreamIs. Sean Ansett was the Director of Corporate Responsibility at Burberry in London and previously he was the Director of Global Partnerships at Gap Inc. where he led Gap Inc.’s corporate responsibility and stakeholder engagement strategy related to labor, environmental and human rights issues. Sean is a returned United States Peace Corps and World Food Program volunteer. Sean has a Masters degree in Sustainability Leadership, University of Cambridge, UK.

  • Jim Villanueva

    Jim Villanueva

    Director

    Jim Villanueva has a long track record of entrepreneurship and investment in growth companies, as well as working extensively with a number of philanthropic organizations. Over the course of his investment career, Jim was a partner in several private equity partnerships, investing in multiple industries across North and South America. His experience ranges from serving as Vice President of Bastion Capital Corporation focusing on middle market management buyouts to being a founding Partner in Crescent Ventures investing in technology, media and natural resource development. Previously, he co-founded and sold a Spanish-language media company and a national Hispanic marketing and public relations firm. Jim led the restructuring of a non-profit retreat and conference center in Santa Barbara, repositioning it as The Eleos Foundation. In 2010, he took a leave from Eleos’ board to join its social enterprise investment activities as Investment Director, and in 2013 expanded his role to serve as Executive Director. Jim holds an MBA degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated with honors from Harvard College.

  • Josh Mailman

    Josh Mailman

    Director/Executive, Finance, and Compensation Committee

    Josh is the founder of the Threshold Foundation, a national network of individuals with inherited wealth who have an interest in using that wealth as a positive force for advancing a more just and sustainable world. He also founded the Social Venture Network U.S., Europe, and Asia, which is an international network of socially driven businesspeople. He is a co- founder of Business for Social Responsibility, a co-founder of Grameen Phone, Bangladesh; a founding director and trustee of the Sigrid Rausing Trust, U.K.; and a board member of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, the Fund for Global Human Rights, Blacksmith Institute, and the Museum for African Art. Josh is also the managing director of Serious Change Investments; an impact venture capital fund focused on investing and growing visionary companies and helped create Jalia Ventures, a fund focused on putting early stage capital into the hands of inspired black entrepreneurs running impact ventures.

  • Heather Hiles

    Heather Hiles

    Director/Governance and Audit Committees

    Heather is the CEO and Founder of Pathbrite. Her leadership experience spans over 15 years, during which she has founded and led several private and public sector organizations. Her roster of leadership roles includes being the former Commissioner of San Francisco Unified School District, Executive Director of Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2), CEO of Hiles Group (a philanthropy consultancy firm), Co-Founder of EARN (Individual Development Accounts program), CEO – SFWorks (NGO to place women from welfare into careers) and COO – Break the Cycle (K-3rd grade tutorial program). Heather currently serves on the board of Leadership Public Schools; Social Venture Network; and three startup companies. Heather received her B.A. from UC Berkeley and her MBA from Yale University.

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    Michael Kleinmann

    Director/Governance and Audit Committees

    Michael Kleinmann is an entrepreneur with a proven track record of success. As the President and COO of Freshpair.com from 2001-2011, he navigated the business from his bedroom to the forefront of intimate apparel e-commerce as the face and brains behind the company. Widely recognized for bringing more attention to the men’s underwear industry, Michael helped expand the underwear e-commerce category and is one of the most sought after industry experts. As President, Michael oversaw all functional areas of Freshpair including building an award-winning marketing department and a world-class technology platform. A highly creative marketer, Michael co-created and was the spokesperson for National Underwear Day, an annual “holiday” dedicated to underwear, and overall underwear appreciation garnering significant global press.

    In 2012, Mr. Kleinmann founded The Underwear Expert, a site covering the men’s underwear industry. With hundreds of thousands of visitors per month, The Underwear Expert has become a premier and influential destination for everything underwear. From The New York Times to Men’s Health Magazine, everyone refers to Mr. Kleinmann as The Underwear Expert since he is considered one of the leaders in the category.

  • Sharon Chang

    Sharon Chang

    Director/Governance Committee

    Sharon Chang is a media executive, social entrepreneur, impact investor and philanthropist. For the last several years, Sharon has been developing various entities to support, invest in and promote bold entrepreneurs with transformational business ideas to drive societal impact. Her latest creation is Yoxi, a boutique talent investment firm that combines financial investment and talent management to develop Social Innovation Rockstars. Before founding Yoxi, Sharon was the Chief Creative Officer of 19 Entertainment, the company behind popular TV shows American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance. She has also worked as a brand strategist and creative director in a number of prestigious global agencies, with over 16 years of experience leading major branding and design initiatives for clients such as Pepsi, Ford, Sony, Motorola, Cadillac, Estee Lauder, P&G, TED, Starwood Hotels, Universal Music, CNN and Hulu. In addition, Sharon serves on the Board of Trustees of New York University, and is a board member of a number of non-profit organizations, technology startups, and social ventures.

  • Adam Butlein

    Adam Butlein

    Co-Founder/Compensation Committee

    Adam is a serial entrepreneur, third-generation start-up founder, specializing in innovative start-ups and disruptive creativity, challenging conventional wisdom to deliver business benefits from otherwise undervalued assets. Founding Liberty and Justice was Adam’s first foray into social entrepreneurship – having demonstrated a longstanding commitment to philanthropy and social justice, this social venture was a perfect marriage of Adam’s entrepreneurial mind, philanthropic heart, and people-first value orientation. His tenacity and persistence are among the most critical assets he contributed to Liberty and Justice in the early years – not to mention his considerable network and impassioned vision which secured crucial venture-philanthropy to support the fledgling start-up and the Liberian women who so closely tied their fate to its success.

    Prior to founding Liberty & Justice, Adam pioneered new ventures and sales territory for numerous multi-million dollar companies. He has a demonstrated track record of success as a leading sales executive for smart home automation start-up Techteriors and forged new sales terrain, opening up new markets for Federal Building Services. Adam has a keen artistic eye and began his professional career as a fine-art photographer. A student of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Adam incorporates visual sensibilities into his growing portfolio that includes work for several highly visible retail brands including Victoria’s Secret, Parisians Catalog, Dupont Lycra, Coca-Cola, and Kodak.

    Most committed to his accomplishments on the home front, Adam is the proud father of daughter Presley Bijou and counts his blessings for his best friend, love of his life, and wife Katrina. In his increasingly scarce free time, Adam sits on the Board of Directors of Tikkun Olam, a private foundation where he oversees grants and investments in numerous projects and organizations addressing some of the globe’s most pressing social issues.

  • Chid Liberty

    Chid Liberty

    CEO Secretary/Treasurer

    Chid co-founded Liberty & Justice after a short career in technology and finance. He was born in Liberia, West Africa, but left as an infant when his father became the nation’s ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, with residence in Bonn. His family was later exiled in the United States. In 2009, Chid returned to Africa after 28 years abroad. Inspired by the Nobel Peace Prize winning Liberian Women’s Peace Movement, Chid co-founded Africa’s first Fair Trade Certified economic opportunities for internally displaced women, who on balance, were vulnerable to rampant unemployment and economic exclusion. He is currently leading L&J’s rapid expansion in Liberia and throughout the region.

    In addition to his work at Liberty & Justice, Chid served as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Liberia’s Monrovia Business Startup Center. He also speaks internationally on social innovation and entrepreneurship – most recently at Harvard, Stanford, and Princeton Universities, as well as the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia and IE in Madrid, Spain.

    Chid was recognized by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in her 2011 State of the Nation Address for his leadership in shaping trade policy and indigenous African entrepreneurship. He is a recipient of the 2011 SVN Social Innovation Award, a 2010 Cordes Fellow, a 2009 BALLE Fellow, a Yoxi Portfolio SIR (Social Innovation Rockstar) and works as an advisor to leading organizations addressing global challenges including Fair Trade USA, GIIRS (the Global Impact Investment Rating System), More than Me, and the Opportunity Collaboration.