VBSR Recognizes Corporate Social Responsibility – Nominations Now Being Accepted for Annual VBSR Awards

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) is now accepting nominations for three awards designed to encourage and showcase the growth of socially responsible business activity in Vermont. Awardees of the VBSR Inspiration and Innovation Award, the VBSR Young Changemaker Award and the Terry Ehrich Award for Lifetime Achievement will be recognized among their peers at the 18th Annual VBSR Award Ceremony & Dinner on this September at Basin Harbor Club.

Previous awardees of the Terry Ehrich Award for Lifetime Achievement include socially responsible business icons Jen Kimmich of The Alchemist, Beth Sachs of VEIC, Duane Peterson of Suncommon, Paul Millman of Chroma Technology, and Ted Castle of Rhino Foods – among other notable leaders. Last year, the Innovation & Inspiration award recognized founders of WheelPad L3C Julie Lineberger and Joseph Cincotta; and the Young Changemaker award brought attention to the work of social justice pioneer Theresa Snow, founder of Salvation Farms.

“These awards amplify the incredible work of Vermont business leaders by amplifying their achievements in building successful organizations that push new ideas and initiatives forward. Our members raise the bar on what it means to be a triple-bottom-line business,” said Jane Campbell, Executive Director of VBSR.

The VBSR Innovation and Inspiration Award recognizes VBSR member organizations who have accomplished innovative and/or inspirational achievement within the past three years in two or more of the areas of Planet (Environmental Impact), People (Social Impact), and Prosperity (Economic Impact).

The VBSR Young Changemaker Award recognizes an individual under age 40 who has led the formation of a socially responsible enterprise that has been in operation for three or more years. The awardee will be selected based on their ability to use the power of business to advance innovative solutions to society’s challenges for the good of the planet, their employees, and their community.

The VBSR Terry Ehrich Award for Lifetime Achievement (formerly the Terry Ehrich Award for Excellence in Socially Responsible Business) has been given annually since 2002. The award is given to a person exemplifying Terry Ehrich’s sustained commitment to the environment, workplace, progressive public policy, and community.

VBSR members and friends are encouraged to nominate qualifying business founders for each of three awards through www.vbsr.org through March 29, 2019.