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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.

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The Search is On! Seeking VBSR Executive Director

Application Deadline June 15, 2015

VBSR is seeking a dynamic, self-motivated, inspired and experienced manager to join our team as Executive Director. Candidates should be actively interested in creating positive social change and be a motivating representative of VBSR to members and the public. We are looking for demonstrated leadership and exceptional organizational, financial management and communication skills. VBSR is celebrating our 25th Anniversary this year, do you want to be part of shaping the next 25 years? More information here.


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June Networking Get-Together Hosted by the VBSR Board of Directors

As we continue our celebration of 25 Years of Changemaking, the VBSR Board wishes to invite you to a very special Networking Get-Together. Join VBSR members and friends for an amazing evening at American Flatbread and Lareau Farm in Waitsfield. This month, we'll run the event a bit differently than in the past. Instead of a program focused on our hosts, we'll enjoy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar, spend 5 minutes sharing VBSR's successes over the past 25 years, and invite the group to participate in toast to the next 25 years! You will not want to miss this celebratory Get-Together... join us! Click here to learn more or Register Today!


Southern Vermont VBSR Chapter Meeting June 2

VBSR members and friends are invited to join us for a free Southern Vermont Chapter Meeting. This month, our chapter discussion will focus on Resilient Design, lead by Julie Lineberger and Joseph Cincotta of LineSync Architecture. Bring your friends and colleagues and prepare for a great evening of networking, education, and engagement. Refreshments will be provided by our gracious hosts! Don't forget to bring your business cards!

Click here to see the evening's agenda, or RSVP today.


Duane Peterson to Receive VBSR’s Terry Ehrich Award

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) is pleased to announce Duane Peterson, Founder and Co-President of SunCommon, as the 2015 recipient of the Terry Ehrich Award for Excellence in Socially Responsible Business. Named for the late owner of Hemmings Motor News and a founding member of VBSR, the award 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. The official announcement was made to a crowd of 325 members and friends at VBSR’s 25th Annual Spring Conference on May 13. Peterson will be honored at the 2015 Terry Ehrich Award Ceremony and Dinner in September.

For more information, Click here to read more about Peterson and SunCommon, find a complete list of awardees here, or read up on the history of the Terry Ehrich Award here.


25 Years of Changemaking in Action

Holy cow what an amazing day! Thank you to the more than 325 folks who attended our 25th Annual Spring Conference! We laughed, cried, networked, and learned how to better implement CSR strategies into our operations during the day-long event. Attendees loved hearing Ben & Jerry's CEO Jostein Solheim's Keynote, enjoyed locally sourced menu thanks to Black River Produce, visited with more than 40 exhibitors, and chose from 15 different workshops ranging from solar financing to accessing leadership strengths (which could be heard all the way down the hall!). We spent time networking with like-minded businesses and saying goodbye to Andrea Cohen, our executive director who is about to embark on the next stage of her professional journey.

Thank you again for helping us help you advance corporate social responsibility in Vermont... and beyond!!! Click here to check out the photos of the day... feel free to share, like, and tag your friends. See you next year!



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.

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Sponsor: All Earth Renewables Sponsor: Ben and Jerrys Sponsor: Dinse/Knapp/McAndrews Sponsor: Gardeners Supply Sponsor: Green Mountain Power Sponsor: Keurig Green Mountain Sponsor: Main Street Landing Sponsor: Marketing Partners Sponsor: New Chapter Sponsor: NRG Systems Sponsor: Seventh Generation Sponsor: SunCommon Sponsor: Villanti & Sons, Printers, Inc. Sponsor: Vermont State Employees Credit Union