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.
Why VBSR? 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 750 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.
VBSR Releases Health Care Cost Shift Position Paper
Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility continues to believe that the state cannot depend on employer-sponsored insurance as the foundation for our health care system. The fact that our business members have coped with double-digit increases in health care premiums almost annually is proof that the current system is not sustainable. Businesses that provide health insurance for their employees incur significant overhead, but they often compete against companies that provide no insurance benefits, making the system inequitable. In order to address these issues, we call for de-coupling health insurance from employment and for public financing based on ability to pay. Click here to read our entire position paper on this issue.
Spring Conference - Call for Proposals and Sponsors (by Feb 28)
VBSR's 25th Annual Spring Conference Set for May 13
VBSR's 25th Annual Spring Conference is right around the corner and we want to see YOU there!
Join us on May 13th in Burlington as we come together to celebrate 25 years of moving the CSR dial forward!
Plans are being finalized, but our largest event of the year should include two keynote presentations, a networking breakfast and lunch, 15 interactive workshops, 40+ exhibitors, a Vermont-themed cocktail reception, and approximately 300 local thought leaders, professionals, and CSR minded individuals. You won't want to miss this great day of networking and education! Learn more here!
Have a great idea for a workshop or topic to be covered at the conference? Click here to submit your proposal. Interested in supporting VBSR and gaining visibility? Click here to explore the many ways you can sponsor the conference.
Nominations Now Being Accepted for Terry Ehrich Award in Socially Responsible Business
Nomination Deadline: March 15, 2015
Named for the late owner of Hemmings Motor News and founder of the First Day Foundation,
the Terry Ehrich Award is given annually to a Vermont business person who exemplifies Terry's commitment
to the environment, workplace and community. Think you know a someone who fits the bill? Do YOU fit the bill yourself? Click here to submit a nomination before March 15.
*Any VBSR member at a for-profit business is eligible to be nominated. Employees of not-for-profits or public sector agencies as well as past award winners and sitting Nominating Committee members are not eligible. Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged. The award will be presented at the VBSR Annual Awards event held in mid-September 2015.