VBSR Launches Intensive Workshop Series for Local Businesses – Measure What Matters helps businesses have a positive impact and build employee first workplaces-

This March, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) is to launch the new Measure What Matters workshop series, modeled after the B-Corp Impact Assessment, to help their members better support their communities, reduce the impact of their operations on the environment and to create the best workplace for their employees. This series provides business leaders the opportunity to learn from some of the best companies in New England, see how they measure up against industry leaders, and find new ways to improve their business operations. Workshop attendees will leave with ready to use tools for change and an expanded network of professionals who believe in business as a power for good.

VBSR members are already ‘doing good’, for example, most offer benefits like flexible schedules or paid family medical leave, or donate to local non-profits,” said Samantha Sheehan, Communications Manager for VBSR, “However, there is so much more we can do as leaders, businesses and as a professional network to generate meaningful change.”

The Measure What Matters program will include two series of 5 all day workshops, registration is now open for the first series. The first workshop, “Being Irresistible, Building Employee First Workplaces” will be held on March 27th at VSECU in Montpelier, and will be presented by leading employees of King Arthur Flour and Rhino Foods. Each workshop in the series will be held at a different VBSR member business around the state and be presented by some of the state’s most successful business leaders. Attendees will leave with practical strategies, ready-to-use tools, sample policies and tips based on the first-had experiences of each presenter.

Upcoming workshops will cover topics such as tools for healthy communities, how-to include key stakeholders such as vendors and consumers, leading with accountability and transparency, and next steps toward a positive environmental impact.

Socially responsible icons like Ben & Jerry’s aren’t the only ones who know that improving practices that are good for workers, communities and the environment helps grow a business profits. Small and mid-sized enterprises from across the state are scaling innovative triple-bottom-line practices to fit their enterprises,” said Liz Dohrman, Education and Events Manager at VBSR, “These workshops will help any business pursuing B-Corp certification, growing organizations, and new start-ups.”

Interested professionals may register for a single workshop or the entire series, and registration is transferrable within an organization. Only members of VBSR and New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility. VBSR Membership Manager Toby Aronson (tobya@vbsr.org) can answer questions for businesses interested in joining the business association.

For detailed descriptions of each workshop and to register, visit www.vbsr.org.