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.
Join us March 26, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
VBSR members and friends are invited to an evening of networking and education in Middlebury. Engage with forward-thinking business professionals, catch up with old business partners, check out the pewter making process, and learn more about employee well-being and management from founding VBSR member Danforth Pewter. Hors d'oeuvres generously provided by our host. Preregister today for a chance to win a $50 gift card from Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op!
For complete agenda, details and registration, click here.
Special thanks go out to our sponsors: Bristol Financial Services, Middlebury College, High Meadows Fund, Merritt & Merritt & Moulton, SunCommon, Trinitas Advisors, Vermont Community Loan Fund, and Vermont Health Connect.
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.
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.
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.
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.