Policy

Feb
14

Legislative Reception Draws Nearly 200

VBSR Focuses Efforts on Supporting Independent Contractors, Affordable Accessible Child Care Burlington, VT – Approximately 175 legislators, state officials, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) members and guests packed Montpelier’s Capitol Plaza for VBSR’s Annual Legislative Reception on Wednesday, February 8th. The event, which was presented byLeonine Public Affairs, was a chance for policy makers […]

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Feb
01

Business Associations Join Together: Request President Trump to Rescind His Executive Order Regarding the Issuance of Visas

Vermont- Vermont business associations representing small, medium and large, businesses and their employees across Vermont find the recent Executive Order signed by President Trump to be contrary to the economic and humanitarian values that have defined our state and our country since its inception. The statement is issued jointly by the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber […]

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Dec
21

Executive Order Promoting Businesses that Fight Climate Change Finalized

Montpelier – An Executive Order signed by Gov. Peter Shumlin that gives businesses fighting climate change preference in the state contracting process has been finalized. The new policy applies to any contract over $25,000, which captures at least 97 percent of state contracting dollars. The state of Vermont spends hundreds of millions of dollars each […]

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Nov
29

House Chair to Receive VBSR Legislator of the Year Award

Business Group will Honor Rep. Helen Head for Work in 2016 Session Burlington, VT – Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) will honor the chair of a Vermont House committee at the organization’s annual Legislative Breakfast on December 15 for her work this year in passing key employment bills. Rep. Helen Head, (D)-South Burlington, the […]

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Jul
07

Public Service Board Chooses Utilities ; Stalls Climate Action and Renewable Energy Progress

Renewable Energy Vermont, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, Vermont Conservation Votes, Vermont Natural Resources Council, Vermont Public Interest Research Group MONTPELIER, VT – Environmental, climate, and sustainable business groups joined together this week to express grave concern over proposed changes to net metering, the program that allows Vermonters to choose renewable energy.  The diverse organizations are […]

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May
26

Advocates Call for Investigation Into Exxon for Misleading the Public on Climate Change

Montpelier, VT – A group of environmentalists and businesses delivered more than 1600 petition signatures to Attorney General Bill Sorrell today encouraging him to build on his work as part of a recently formed coalition of Attorneys General focused on climate issues by joining the nationwide effort to investigate Exxon. Representatives from 350Vermont and Vermont […]

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Vermont Business Group Praises Signing of Ban the Box Bill

New law gives Vermonters with criminal histories a “second chance” at getting a good job Montpelier, VT (May 3, 2016) – A new employment bill signed into law by Gov. Shumlin on Tuesday will help Vermonters with criminal histories rebuild their lives by eliminating a common barrier to employment, according to Vermont Businesses for Social […]

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May
04

“A Bill Defining Independent Contractors Meets A Contentious Demise”

Stowe Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, shown above in 2015, says it was upsetting to see a bill that would have broadened the definition of an independent contractor fold under pressure from labor groups. But members of the business community also voiced concerns. This Article originally appeared on VPR. Find original article can be found here. An […]

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Apr
22

Vermont Business Leaders and Citizens Converge on Montpelier to Call for Action on Climate Change

Montpelier, VT (April 22, 2016) – Executives from some of Vermont’s most iconic brands and companies converged in Montpelier on Earth Day to call on legislators to support a speedy transition to the low carbon economy of the future. New science suggests that the impacts from climate change may come sooner and be more destructive […]

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Mar
09

VBSR Celebrates Signing of Paid Leave Law

Business organization supported bill at the Vermont State House. A new Vermont law extending paid time off benefits to tens of thousands of workers is good for the state’s economy and will result in a healthier and more stable workforce, according to Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR), a statewide business association with more than […]

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