"American Flatbread gains from our VBSR membership far above the traditional peer to peer business networking so valuable in membership organizations. It further offers the social responsibility tools of businesses within Vermont, and access to nationally recognized socially responsible business leaders such as Patagonia, Organic Valley, and Newman's Own. Because of VBSR's focus these successful national brands and others come to Vermont for VBSR events. That focus also helps bring national events like Business Alliance for Local Living Economies to Vermont. This higher level of functioning helps all of the members raise the bar on social responsibility commitments as well as business success."
The Brattleboro Savings and Loan’s mantra is ‘community banking…community people…for all the right reasons’. The Brattleboro Savings and Loan, its employees and directors believe in and have a commitment to the bank’s philosophy of doing things for all the right reasons. While not always the most economically advantageous, this philosophy has always been the bank’s number one priority. That’s why we belong to VBSR. The organization and its member believe in the same values.
Our membership with VBSR is driven by their mission to provide Vermont businesses with the tools we need to implement socially responsible best practices – as well as improve upon ones that already in place. Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs works towards social responsibility every day, striving to reflect the Vermont brand since our inception more than 20 years ago. Our efforts have included the installation of solar panels which keep 16 tons of carbon from entering the atmosphere every year. In 2011 we became Vermont’s first Accounting firm to earn the Vermont Business Environmental Partnership designation. Davis & Hodgdon Associates is committed to protecting the environment, the health and safety of our employees and the community in which we conduct our business. Over the years we have innovatively found ways to conserve energy, reduce waste and exceed environmental regulatory requirements. We are now embarking on a program to help our clients realize the same socially responsible goals that are the cornerstone of our corporate culture.
"Being socially responsible is a constant process of learning and improving. Our firm has long seen itself as a socially responsible business but until a few years ago we didn’t know how to describe or measure our CSR. We led a VBSR circle group for businesses with products or services that aren’t inherently socially responsible, to learn from the experiences of other VBSR members. The circle group created the SR Journey, a self-assessment and educational tool to evaluate social responsibility, identify areas for improvement and track progress. We completed the SR Journey in 2009, which helped us identify areas for improvement and provided tools to track our progress. Since then we’ve made significant improvements in reducing our energy use, increasing our composting and recycling, making socially responsible choices for sourcing and transportation, and supporting volunteerism. Our active membership in VBSR will continue to inform and energize our SR efforts.”
Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, PC is a Sustaining Member of VBSR
"What's so wonderful and different about VBSR is that they are both a business organization that helps its members be more successful today and equally they understand and advance the central win-win and proactive role business must play in improving our society and environment long term."
Gardener's Supply is a Sustaining Member of VBSR
"High Mowing Organic Seeds is honored to be a new member of such an innovative organization. VBSR is a tremendous resource for local businesses."
"VBSR provides an excellent network for King Arthur Flour to gain and share best practices with other forward-thinking businesses around the state. We're proud to be long-time members and supporters of such an important organization."
Main Street Landing has been a member of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility almost from its inception. The collaboration of these remarkable businesses that are dedicated to the health and welfare of the Earth, their employees, and those they serve provides us with the perfect opportunity to learn and grow. Our mission focuses on sustainability and a bottom line that not only has a profit, but also measures our worth to the environment and the social fabric of our community. VBSR is home to over 600 businesses that are trying to do the right thing beyond just making money. Main Street Landing has always been and will continue to be honored and proud to be part of this extraordinary business organization.
Main Street Landing is a Sustaining Member of VBSR
"If you believe that businesses can be a force for positive social change, then you belong in VBSR. You'll meet hundreds of like-minded Vermont business leaders, gain countless new ideas and resources, and know you're supporting our voice in the VT legislature. It's the hub of leading-edge business thought and action in Vermont."
Small Dog Electronics considers social responsibility to be an integral part of our company. As a business with multiple bottom lines, we know that our effect on the community, environment, customers and employees is just as important as our profitability. VBSR clearly shares and supports this vision. VBSR facilitates partnerships between like-minded businesses–both on a local and national scale–which has a positive effect on our community as a whole. VBSR serves as a reminder that social responsibility and profitability are not mutually exclusive, but rather mutually beneficial. Small Dog Electronics is proud to be a member!
Small Dog Electronics is a Sustaining Member of VBSR