Our mission is to foster a business ethic in Vermont that recognizes the opportunity and responsibility of the business community to set a high standard for protecting the natural, human, and economic environments of our citizens.
14th Annual Terry Ehrich Award Ceremony and Dinner
Join us as we honor Duane Peterson, Co-Founder and Co-President of SunCommon, on September 16 at the 2015 Terry Ehrich Award Ceremony and Dinner, slated to happen on the mountain top property of previous recipient and VBSR friend Ben Cohen.
Named for the late owner of Hemmings Motor News and a founding member of VBSR, the "Terry Ehrich Award for Excellence in Socially Responsible Business" is given to a VBSR member who best exemplifies Terry Ehrich’s commitment to the environment, workplace, progressive public policy, and community. Fellow VBSR members proposed Peterson for the award through an open nomination process and VBSR’s Nominating Committee suggested the board of directors honor Peterson with the award. Click here to learn more about the event.
14 Schools Choose Buy Local Book for Fundraiser
The start of another school year means the start of sports, clubs, field trips, and, of course, fundraising efforts to support all those extra-curricular activities. This year, 14 local schools have opted for a fundraiser that will help strengthen their communities while raising money. The Buy Local Resource Guide and Coupon Book Fundraiser is being offered through Local First Vermont (a program of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility) and Red Barn Fundraising, a locally-owned company specializing in supporting philanthropic causes with Vermont products. Last year, participating schools raised more than $20,000 through Buy Local Book fundraisers!
Click here to see where you can get this year's book early! Books will also be available at select retail locations September 26!
VBSR: A Quarter Century of Socially Responsible Business in Vermont
Recently on The Vermont Conversation, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. From early efforts by business people who dubbed themselves “socialists for capitalism,” Vermont has been at the forefront of the socially responsible business movement. VBSR is now the largest statewide socially business association in the country. As home to iconic socially responsible brands such as Ben & Jerry’s, Gardener’s Supply and Seventh Generation, Vermont businesses have pioneered the idea of businesses with a “triple bottom line:” measuring success in terms of people, profits and the environment. We speak with Vermont business leaders who have nurtured this movement since its inception:
Dave Barash, co-founder of VBSR, longtime social entrepreneur who worked for Ben & Jerry’s, currently Director of New Ventures for Vermont Energy Investment Corp.
Allison Hooper, co-founder of Vermont Creamery, early VBSR board member and on the original board of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
Bruce Seifer, VBSR founding member, appointed by Burlington Mayor Bernie Sanders to lead the City of Burlington’s economic development efforts, which he did for three decades
Julie Lineberger, former VBSR board chair, co-owner with her husband of LineSync, an architectural firm
Will Patten, former VBSR executive director, co-owner of Hinesburgh Public House, a socially responsible restaurant
Every season is beautiful at Shelburne Farms, but fall foliage season brings out the best! Join us as we "Get-Together" with VBSR members and friends in Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms from 5:30 to 7:30 on October 15th. Enjoy the picturesque beauty of Shelburne Farms while networking and collaborating with each other around the triple-bottom-line approach to business; cash bar and hors d'oeuvres provided by our generous hosts!
This Networking Get-Together is free for members and state officials, $10 for non-members. The event is open to anyone interested in the triple-bottom-line approach to business... bring a friend!
Click here to learn more or reserve your spot!
What an amazing night! Thank you the more than 50 folks who came out for an evening of networking and education at VSECU's newest branch in Bennington! Attendees enjoyed meeting new people, sampling local food (VBSR member Gringo Jack's!), and learning about some important initiatives VSECU is engaged in, including student loan forgiveness, cutting edge renewable energy loans, and even hosting The Lightning Jar in an effort to support the burgeoning entrepreneurial economy in SOVT!
In a unique and inspiring twist, several of the event's sponsors used their podium time not to promote their businesses, but to thank VSECU for their continued good work in our communities. "I've been doing this for 3 years now, and I have never seen our sponsors use their time, the time that they paid for, to focus to promote the good work of another business," noted VBSR Communication and Membership Manager Russ Elek. "It was a special thing to witness."
Thank you to our hosts, sponsors and guests for a great evening!
25 years ago, a group of business leaders got together to form a business association which better reflected their values. Today Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility has over 760 members.
Why is VBSR still relevant today?
Why are business leaders still excited about VBSR?
Why is being a member of VBSR valuable?
Six leaders in sustainable business answer "Why VBSR?" in less than 90 seconds.
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