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.
13th Annual Terry Ehrich Award to Honor Mark Curran
Join us at the Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms on September 9
Mark Curran is founder and co-owner of Black River Produce. Since its inception in 1978, Black River’s main focus has been distributing locally grown product throughout New England. They now partner with 200 growers and producers with a team of 170 employees. Mark has served on numerous boards including the Vermont Fresh Network and currently serves on the Vermont Agriculture and Forest Products Development Board. This year Black River Produce completed renovations of an abandoned Ben & Jerry’s plant into a state of the art meat processing facility providing market opportunities for Vermont farmers.
We'll honor Mark with a celebration at the beautiful Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms. Network and celebrate good business while enjoying food by Farmhouse Group Catering using ingredients from Vermont producers, generously donated by Black River Produce. Cash bar by Shelburne Farms featuring VBSR members!
How Should Vermont Finance Health Care Reform?
The Vermont Legislature is expected to consider a financing package for universal health care in the 2015 session and VBSR needs member input on potential financing packages. Vermonters will spend an estimated $2.2 billion for health care in 2017, the equivalent of a combined 16.9% payroll tax for businesses and individuals. VBSR's on-line calculator, which launched at our 24th Annual Spring Conference, lists a range of possible funding sources and allows business leaders to find ways to replace the current spending in the system with a fair and sustainable financing package. The tool was designed by Green River, a Brattleboro software company, and the tax methodology was prepared by Steve Kappel, the founder of Policy Integrity in Montpelier.
Try the online calculator today - and don't forget to hit the "Suggest this plan to VBSR" button to submit your proposal to us!
Do you have questions about health care reform? We recommend watching this video, "Take two minutes to become an expert in single-payer health care."
Member Action Needed - Sign Our Petition in Support of Health Care Reform
In May 2011, Vermont passed Act 48, putting the state on the path to a universal health care system. Reform is still underway and the Vermont Legislature will face a number of major health care policy questions over the next several years.
Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility believes the state can no longer depend on employer-sponsored insurance as its backbone. Since 1992, VBSR has argued that health care is an economic development issue. The fact that our businesses have coped with double-digit increases in health care premiums almost annually is proof. We call for de-coupling health insurance from employment and for public financing based on ability to pay.
We urge our elected officials to recommit to Act 48, which states: “The purpose of Green Mountain Care is to provide, as a public good, comprehensive, affordable, high-quality, publicly financed health care coverage for all Vermont residents in a seamless and equitable manner regardless of income, assets, health status, or availability of other health coverage.” (33 V.S.A. § 1821)
Huge thank you to all of our guests who attended our Networking Get-Together Hosted by Green Mountain College on July 23. We began the evening by networking in the beautiful Gorge Lounge and enjoying an array of food and drink provided by our hosts. After hearing about some important VBSR policy initiatives, Dr. Karen Martinsen Fleming treated guests to a short presentation on how "sustainable social responsibility" before entering into a question and answer session with a very engaged crowd. At the end of the evening, over 3 dozen VBSR members and friends made connections with like-minded professionals and took away some great, implementable CSR tips.
Check out the photos from our evening of education and networking in Rutland County!