Sustainable Economic Development

Apr
02

Testimony: Workforce Development, Senate Economic Development Committee

Workforce Development Senate Economic Development, Housing, General Affairs Committee April 2, 2019 Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) is a non-profit, statewide business trade organization with a mission to advance business ethics that value multiple bottom lines- economic, social, and environmental. We strive to help members set a high standard for protecting the natural, human […]

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Mar
26

Paid Family Medical Leave is Good for Business

The creation of a universal Paid Family Medical Leave system in Vermont would give security to workers who require time off to recover from an illness or welcome a new child, and to businesses who rely on qualified and experienced employees. This is a common-sense business-friendly solution that will strengthen our local labor force. Universal […]

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Feb
24

VBSR Testimony: Economic Growth through Climate Action

Testimony to the House Appropriations Committee Thursday, February 21, 2019 Daniel Barlow, VBSR Public Policy Manager Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) is a non-profit, statewide business trade organization with a mission to advance business ethics that value multiple bottom lines- economic, social, and environmental. We strive to help members set a high standard for […]

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Feb
21

Vermont CEOs call for Urgent Climate Action

VT can grow the economy by tackling climate change, business leaders say  Business leaders from some of Vermont’s most iconic companies on Wednesday called on the Governor and the Legislature to pass a comprehensive climate action package this session that moves the state off of fossil fuels and to local, renewable energy. The CEOs and […]

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Jan
24

Coalition of 25 Diverse Groups Unveils Shared Priorities and Recommendations for Climate Action in 2019

Today a coalition of 25 organizations – representing youth, low-income, business, public health, environment and others – outlined a platform of policy priorities for Vermont legislators to advance in 2019 on climate change. View the platform here: http://vnrc.org/actonclimatevt/.   In a press event at the Vermont State House today, the coalition urged action on several of Gov. Scott’s Climate Action Commission’s recommendations and […]

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VBSR’s 2019 Legislative Agenda

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility is proud to represent our members at the Vermont State House during the 2019 legislative session. Our goal is to pass laws and regulations that support triple-bottom line businesses in Vermont and foster an economy that supports our businesses, environment, and communities. Among the issues that VBSR will lobby on […]

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Sep
27

Raising the Wage is Good for Business

By Daniel Barlow, Public Policy Manager of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility Want to hear something obvious? Raising the minimum wage increases the take-home pay for low-income workers without hurting job growth. That’s not just a sound bite from Sen. Bernie Sanders – it’s now a proven economic fact. A study released this month from […]

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Aug
01

Vermont Needs a Clean Water Commitment

By Mark Curran Vermont faces numerous environmental challenges but there are two that need our immediate attention.  Greenhouse emissions and resulting climate changes are something all Vermont businesses need to address. Unfortunately, Vermont cannot go it alone and it requires an International effort to slow global warming. Clean water should be our next priority and […]

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Apr
09

State House Report April, 9th

VBSR Asks VT Senate Leaders to Fund Climate Change Studies VBSR sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee last week requesting that legislators maintain funding for an important economic analysis of decarbonization policies in Vermont. Read the testimony to the Senate Committee. Climate change is a complex problem and the Vermont Legislature needs good […]

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Mar
29

Minimum Wage should be a Living Wage

Eighteen states began 2018 by raising the minimum wage. The majority of states – now totaling 29 – have increased the state minimum wage above the federal minimum wage ($7.25 an hour) which hasn’t been raised in almost a decade. Vermont has always been a leader in taking care of our workers. Every two years, […]

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