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.
SunCommon to Host VBSR Get-Together in New Net-Positive Building
Please join us for an evening of networking and education at SunCommon's newly built Waterbury headquarters, Vermont's newest net-positive building. Designed by long-time VBSR members Bill Maclay of Maclay Architects and The Cushman Design Group, Inc., it's a showpiece of cost-saving renewable and efficient energy solutions.
Members and friends will "Get-Together" to talk about CSR, B-Corps, the importance of employee well-being, and the opportunity to run your business in a way that leaves the earth better off than when you started!
Share your Purchasing Practices
In our recent survey, you said VBSR is a great hub for sharing business practices. For instance, recently someone asked about purchasing. Do you have a purchasing policy aligned with your company's mission? Does it encourage employees to buy local or organic food for meetings? Use building materials sourced from Vermont wood? Ask subcontractors if their wages meet Vermont's Basic Needs Budget?
If you have a policy or idea to contribute, please put it in your sharing folder (e.g., Dropbox), then post the link in the LinkedIn group for VBSR members, to help others align their purchases with their values. To start the conversation, Seventh Generation has kindly shared their policy (thanks Seventh Gen!). Click here to read their policy (we've also posted the link in the VBSR LinkedIn group). This is a great reminder to all of us ... our choices make a difference!
VBSR to Participate in City Market's Rally for Change Program
With City Market's Rally for Change program, any time you check out, you can choose to "round up" your total to the nearest dollar. Each month, that spare change is donated to three great non-profits that align with the Co-op's mission.
VBSR is pleased to announce that in July, our Research and Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, will receive 10% of those donations! If you're shopping in Burlington this July, please support both a fellow VBSR member and VBSR at the same time! Happy grilling season!
Visit the Rally For Change webpage to learn more!
Red Wagon Hosts 100+ for Networking Get-Together
On June 23rd, more than 100 business leaders flocked to Red Wagon Plants for an evening of networking and education.
Nestled in Hinesburg (with an amazing view of Camel's Hump!), Red Wagon Plants is a seasonal greenhouse and nursery; in two and a half weeks, they make 85% of their yearly revenue! The trick to being successful, owner Julie Rubaud explained from the podium, is to offer a great working environment that encourages seasonal employees to come back year after year. Rubaud also explained that the business is both for-profit and mission driven, working to change our local food systems and encourage people to grow more of what they eat. As such, Red Wagon Plants partners with as many as 13 different non-profit organizations each year.
325+ Attend VBSR Spring Conference
On Thursday, May 12th more than 325 business and nonprofit leaders, legislators, students, state employees, and activists came together for a day of education around socially responsible practices in the workplace. Gathering the LEED certified Davis Center at the University of Vermont in downtown Burlington, attendees of VBSR's 26th Annual Spring Conference experienced a robust and varied agenda.
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Several attendees chimed in on social media about the experience. Click here to read what people were saying about #vbsrspring!
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