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.
As VBSR continues to celebrate 25 years of changemaking, our friends at VSECU have plenty to celebrate too! The statewide credit union for every one who works or lives in Vermont recently opened a new branch in Bennington! Join us as we "get-together" with VBSR members and friends to welcome VSECU to the area on July 30th from 5:30-7:30 PM.
Guests will check out the new space, network with forward-thinking business leaders, and enjoy local food and drink provided by our host (including VBSR member Gringo Jack's!). Attendees will also learn about socially responsible initiatives VSECU is engaged in, including hosting "The Lightning Jar". This Networking Get-Together is free to attend and open to anyone interested in the triple-bottom-line approach to business... bring a friend! Learn more here.
14th Annual Terry Ehrich Award Ceremony and Dinner -
Call for Sponsors
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 on September 16, slated to happen on the mountain top property of previous recipient Ben Cohen.
VBSR Summer Study Committees
VBSR's Public Policy Committee is looking for members to join two Study Committees this summer and fall that will shape the organization's advocacy and lobbying at the Vermont State House. Both committees are open to all current VBSR members and each will hold three meetings in Washington and Chittenden counties starting early next month and running through September. These committees will meet with State officials and policy experts, review reports and documents, solicit input from other business members, and draft policy papers that form the basis for VBSR's lobbying efforts. Meeting space is limited, so if you are interested in serving on a committee please let VBSR Public Policy Manager Daniel Barlow know as soon as possible and include what meetings you can attend.
Quality Public Education and a Strong Economy
David Epstein, TruexCullins
Drew Kervick, Dunkiel Saunders
Meeting dates: Thursday, August 6, 9-11 AM; Thursday, August 13, 9-11 AM; Thursday, September 3, 9-11 AM
Location: TruexCullins, 209 Battery Street, Burlington
Clean Water Economy
Jen Kimmich, The Alchemist
James Ehlers, Lake Champlain International
Meeting dates: Thursday, August 20, 3-5 PM; Thursday, September 10, 3-5 PM; Thursday, September 17, 3-5 PM
Location: The Alchemist Brewery, 35 Crossroad Road, Waterbury
If you have any questions about these committees or are interested in attending a meeting, contact VBSR Public Policy Manager Daniel Barlow today. Thank you for your help on these important issues!
And it case you missed it, Click here to read a few of VBSR’s successful policy efforts from the last session!
125+ Gather in Waitsfield for Celebratory Get-Together
Continuing the celebration of 25 years of changemaking in action, the VBSR Board of Directors hosted a special networking Get-Together at Lareau Farm in Waitsfield on June 25th. New members mingled with founding members, dignitaries talked policy with forward-thinking business owners, and new partnerships were made on a beautiful evening in the valley. Guests also were given a chance to recognize past and present board members, weigh in on their thoughts for the direction of the organization and toast to the future of VBSR. Thank you to the 125+ like-minded individuals who joined us for networking, celebration and, of course, flatbread!!!
The Vermont Conversation with David Goodman:
VBSR: A Quarter Century of Socially Responsible Business in Vermont
This week on The Vermont Conversation, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. From early efforts by business people who dubbed themselves “socialists for capitalism,” Vermont has been at the forefront of the socially responsible business movement. VBSR is now the largest statewide socially business association in the country. As home to iconic socially responsible brands such as Ben & Jerry’s, Gardener’s Supply and Seventh Generation, Vermont businesses have pioneered the idea of businesses with a “triple bottom line:” measuring success in terms of people, profits and the environment. We speak with Vermont business leaders who have nurtured this movement since its inception:
Dave Barash, co-founder of VBSR, longtime social entrepreneur who worked for Ben & Jerry’s, currently Director of New Ventures for Vermont Energy Investment Corp.
Allison Hooper, co-founder of Vermont Creamery, early VBSR board member and on the original board of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
Bruce Seifer, VBSR founding member, appointed by Burlington Mayor Bernie Sanders to lead the City of Burlington’s economic development efforts, which he did for three decades
Julie Lineberger, former VBSR board chair, co-owner with her husband of LineSync, an architectural firm
Will Patten, former VBSR executive director, co-owner of Hinesburgh Public House, a socially responsible restaurant
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.
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.
Go ahead, click play.