Making An Impact newsletter

Overview

Stay Informed!

This monthly newsletter includes legislative updates, events calendar, media mentions and announcements of new ASBC members and member news.

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July Making an Impact

Do you know a Black or Brown-owned business that could grow their work with Philadelphia regional institutions if it weren’t for a specific hurdle?

The Hurdle Fund is a $125,000 philanthropic grant pool, funded by local Investors Circle members that understand a comprehensive approach and full spectrum of capital is needed to increase racial equity in our local business landscape.

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June Making an Impact

Addressing the plastic pollution crisis and circular solutions:

the ASBN’s Director of Circular Economy Policy, Stephanie Erwin, has been invited to DC to testify at a hearing on recycling and innovative circular business solutions for the House Energy & Climate Change subcommittee this Thursday, where our collective voice will be heard by policymakers. The hearing will be reviewing the following recycling legislation:

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May Making an Impact

ASBN is still holding our SEC sign-on letter

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Director Renee Jones was a guest speaker at an ASBN webinar to discuss their proposed SEC Climate Disclosure rules. ASBN urges all stakeholders to sign on to support these rules by using our sign on link here before June 17th (read our recent release on climate-related disclosures here). Read more and watch a recording here.

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April Making an Impact

ASBN voiced our support for the Bush-Crow-Sanders Energy Security and Independence Act

On April 27, 2022, ASBN’s Co-Founder and President, David Levine, had the opportunity to speak at The Hill’s CEO roundtable to discuss the importance of regenerative agriculture for our goal to reach net zero. Levine was on the panel with many other great business CEOs in this discussion of how to implement regenerative agriculture into businesses.

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March Making an Impact

Annual Report 

ASBN had a busy and dynamic 2021, including campaign organizing in support of the largest infrastructure legislation in recent history, engaging policymakers at ASBN events, and recommencing our in-person annual conferences. We are excited to share our accomplishments and shed some light on the work of the ASBN team and supporters that might have gone unnoticed. Our annual report documents the year in detail and gives a better understanding of everything we were working on throughout the year.

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February Making an Impact

ASBN and OSC2 Move to Pass Break Free from Plastic Act     

ASBN has partnered with One Step Closer to Zero Waste (OSC2) in order to collect signatures in support of the Break Free from Plastic Act. We are focusing on the Senate and the House, and the states of Washington, California, New York. Our sign-on letter will be sent to the legislators in each state, and to members of the Senate and House.
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January Making an Impact

We will not give up on the Freedom to Vote  

ASBN has been very outspoken about the need to pass the Freedom to Vote Act in order to protect our democracy.Protecting our democracy is the foundation for economic prosperity. In January we took our support efforts to the next level. We implemented a publicity campaign and ads, focused heavily in Arizona and in West Virginia, urging business owners to speak to their law makers to make the business case for protecting voting rights.

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December Making an Impact

ASBN’s First In-person Conference  

This month ASBN held its first conference since the merger of ASBC and SVC. What made this conference particularly special is the renewed sense of community achieved by more than 250 attendees and that it was in-person. With many precautions in place to protect our participants from Covid, we were able to safely create the best experience for all of our community-minded participants and speakers as well as our staff.

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November Policy Update

We applaud the passage of IIJA and were ecstatic
to see our CEO at the signing     

Since the announcement of the Build Back Better agenda, ASBN has been at the forefront of fighting to get the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) passed. After multiple sign-ons, webinars, and anything we could do to advocate for this act, we are excited to finally see it signed into law. 

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October Policy Update

The disappointing outcome – for now – of the Freedom to Vote Act 

On October 20, the Freedom to Vote Act was put to a vote by the Senate. Disappointingly not a single Republican voted for the act. Due to this, the Senate could not even begin to debate it. The Freedom to Vote Act will help defend our democracy, and help improve the economy and American businesses. We, along with many businesses and organizations, support the Freedom to Vote Act and find it hard to believe that the vote came out in this manner. 

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September Policy Update

Build Back Better campaign, voting rights, and more

ASBC has stood tall in our support of the Build Back Better Act since the very beginning. To demonstrate why it is so significant to our members and to a just, sustainable, and healthy economy, we developed a sign on letter for businesses to show their support and more than 370 businesses signed on within the first few days. And more companies continue to sign on. 

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August Policy Update

BIF, Mandatory COVID vaccination, and more.

Following early and consistent advocacy by ASBC, the House last week confirmed a major step toward significant investments in American physical and human infrastructure by agreeing to the $3.5 trillion budget resolution passed earlier in the month by the Senate and setting a firm date to consider another Senate passed bill, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (HR 3684) based on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework (BIF).

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July Policy Update

Fair Elections vs. Filibuster

July 20-22, ASBC staff and business members again came together for virtual fly-in meetings with federal lawmakers in D.C. As with our earlier fly-ins and other outreach, we made the business case for policies that would facilitate a just, sustainable, stakeholder economy. With our fly-ins, we create unique opportunities for open communication between policymakers and responsible business leaders who offer a smart, sustainable view of “what business wants.”  

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June Policy Update

Push for Voting, Opportunity

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H-1, For the People, in March, but as of late June, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and all the other Republican Senators have refused to even allow the bill to be discussed on the Senate floor. ASBC joins all Americans concerned about this escalating threat to our democratic republic in decrying this blatantly evasive maneuver. 

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May 2021 Policy Update

More Clean Energy, Fewer Tax Havens

Giving voice to the responsible business community, ASBC has recently endorsed several game-changing bills on climate and energy, including the bi-partisan; Partnerships for Energy Security and Innovation Act, led by Sen. Coons, Graham and Lujan, to establish a Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation. 

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April 2021 Policy Update

ASBC’s Justice & Climate Actions Take the Spotlight

On April 15, ASBC-SVC announced they were terminating Barclays membership and refunding its dues, based on the bank’s involvement in an Alabama prison financing deal. Business leaders and investors rallied in our support, urging Barclays, which led the financing, to drop the deal.

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March 2021 Policy Update

Pandemic Relief, Clean Water, Less Plastic

American Sustainable Business Council applauds passage of President Biden’s $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package on March 11, strongly addressing Covid-19’s devastating harm to Americans’ health and economic survival. 

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February 2021 Policy Update

Black History Month Means Business—and Democracy for All 

MaryAnne Howland, ASBC board member, chair of its Race & Equity Working Group, and founder/CEO of Ibis Communications, considers the work in progress that is black history in American society and the business world. 

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January 2021 Policy Update

Real Progress vs. Big Problems

ASBC was very encouraged to see many of the policies and decisions we’ve been fighting for become executive orders and initial agency actions announced by the Biden-Harris White House on Inauguration Day, January 20, and in the days immediately following.

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December Policy Update

Hope for Workers, Wins for Transparency  

As the incoming Biden-Harris administration conducts reviews of the various departments it will oversee as of January 20, 2021, ASBC has been actively involved with several of the agency review teams, providing recommendations in vital areas of interest to our stakeholders.