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.
VBSR Announces Spring Conference Keynote
Join us in Burlington on 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!
This year, we are thrilled to welcome Ben & Jerry's Chief Executive Officer Jostein Sholheim as our Keynote Speaker. Now in his fourth year as CEO, he is not your average CEO. Solheim continues to champion the iconic ice cream maker as it navigates its next chapter in business history. The vision, according to Solheim, is that Ben & Jerry's must continue to aspire to be a social justice company that just happens to make ice cream.
Through out the day, attendees will attend several workshops designed to help CSR minded business professionals be more efficient, educated and in-tune with their organizations. Rounding out the day, guests will have the chance to learn from a great panel of successful small business owners; moderated by Kristin Carlson (Green Mountain Power) "Creating a Thriving Vermont Businesses" will provide insights and an opportunity to learn from Jennifer Chiodo (Cx Associates, LLC), Jen Kimmich, (Alchemist Brewery), and Carina Driscoll (Vermont Woodworking School).
Attendees will also enjoy a localvore menu (Underwritten by Black River Produce), 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! Registration opens April 1! Learn more here!
Making A Difference and Making A Living
April 10, Green Mountain College - Free and Open to the Public!
Brought to you by Green Mountain College, VBSR and Rodgers Consulting, this inspiring conference will explore the challenges and opportunities of doing both. Join us for an inspiring series of TED-style talks from mission-driven entrepreneurs and leaders of change in business, government, and education.
Engage with these and other leaders in stimulating discussions and meet with them informally. Come make new personal and professional connections and discover how you can make a difference AND make a living.
Founding Member Danforth Pewter Hosts Get-Together
"What goes around comes around... THAT was our business plan," said Judi Danforth to nearly 80 VBSR members and friends. "From the start, we said we wanted to treat our employees like we would want to be treated."
On March 26th, VBSR founding members Danforth Pewter graciously hosted VBSR's March Networking Get-Together. In addition to connecting with like-minded business professionals, attendees enjoyed great food, a cash bar, and the chance to learn from and understand the history of the pewter purveyors.
Founders Fred and Judi Danforth discussed the history of VBSR, CSR in Vermont, and their businesses. Current CEO Bram Kleppner shared Danforth's efforts to keep employee wellbeing and environmental stewardship at top of mind in day to day operations.
At the end of the evening, business cards having been exchanged and meaningful discussions hashed-out, guests left the event happy to have Danforth Pewter working hard to forge a path for others in the CSR realm.
Women's Meet-up Draws Large Crowd
We had a fantastic time at the Women's Meet-Up in Burlington on March 11!
The event, co-hosted by VBSR, the Vermont Intern Program, Vermont Works for Women, and Greater Burlington Women's Forum brought together over 125 women of diverse ages and backgrounds and introduced new audiences to local organizations and programs.
The audience spent time in both structured and open networking sessions, learned about the benefits of woman to woman mentoring, and heard from Beth Sachs, Tiffany Bluemle, and Jan Blomstrann.
During the event, we overheard folks sharing their excitement: "I'm surprised we didn't blow the roof off," one person said. Another voiced what we were all thinking: "Can you imagine what we could accomplish with all of the women in this room?"
Thank you to our wonderful partners and speakers, and to all who came out to make a successful event! Thanks too to Sara Munro, Carina Driscoll, and Megan Humphrey for contributing photos, which you can see here.
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.