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American Sustainable Business Network Applauds Historic House Passage of the Build Back Better Act

Washington, DC – The American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN) announced its strong  support for the successful advancement by the House of Representatives of the Build Back Better Act (BBB) towards becoming law. ASBN thanks the Speaker in particular for her efforts, and especially for her decision to ask Rules to add back in the paid leave program for which ASBN has been advocating a long time, beginning with the FAMILY Act. 

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American Sustainable Business Council Statement on the Closing of COP26

Washington, D.C. — The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and Social Venture Circle (SVC) have been reporting from Glasgow on the proceedings of COP26 for the past two weeks and reporting regularly at https://www.asbcouncil.org/blog, where yesterday’s final post was shared in a post titled “Glasgow Moves the Needle on Climate Crisis and Creates Pathways for Ambition and Optimism.” 

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American Sustainable Business Council Joins Signing of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act at Invitation of the White House

Washington, DC – The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and Social Venture Circle (SVC) were well represented by CEO Jeffrey Hollender at the White House today for the signing into law of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).  

The $1.2 trillion IIJA, for which ASBC and SVC aggressively advocated, is designed to deliver significant infrastructure improvements for Americans and American businesses, including: 

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American Sustainable Business Council Applauds Historic Passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

Washington, DC – The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and Social Venture Circle (SVC) announced their strong support for the House passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Acts, (IIJA) sending it to President Biden to be signed into law. This also sets up the House for a vote on the remaining Build Back Better Act during the week of November 15. 

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Filibuster Reform Needed More Than Ever to Avert Politics As Usual

Washington, DC – The disappointing misuse of the filibuster in the Senate again today underscores the urgent need to reform the rules by which government operates. The fact that the filibuster was used to sidestep voting on an issue as central to democracy as voting rights underscores its importance to the survival of our country, upon which citizen involvement in voting was a founding premise.

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EPA Is Doing More to Protect Americans from Existing Sources of Fossil Fuel Derived Pollution

Washington, DC – The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and Social Venture Circle (SVC) announced support of the EPA’s step to take action on climate change and protect people’s health by proposing comprehensive new protections to sharply reduce pollution from the oil and natural gas industry – including, for the first time, reductions from existing sources nationwide.

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Leading Small Business Organizations Call for Filibuster Carveout to Start Debate on the Freedom to Vote Act

Washington, D.C.— The Senate’s failure to agree to even start the debate on the Freedom to Vote Act is another alarming indication of further anti-democracy efforts underway in states across the country. In addition to the grave risks this presents to the integrity and stability of our democracy, denying the freedom to vote threatens the economic interests of American businesses.  

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BankThink Direct loans from SBA are no threat to private lenders
by Frank Knapp, Jr. , President & CEO, South Carolina Small Business Chamber Of Commerce, ASBC Board Member

Frank Knapp, Jr. wrote an op-ed in American Banker in support of SBA direct lending.  “Private lenders do not want to make small startup and microloans, especially in rural and underserved communities, and particularly to entrepreneurs of color and women. ”

ASBN in the News Catherine Boudreau

ASBC in Politco’s The Long Game

Following a press call on Oct 4 co-hosted by ASBC, Politico concluded that Business Roundtable [and Chamber of Commerce] are not “the only game in town,” noting the strong support by American businesses for investments to mitigate and avert climate change.

ASBN in the News Danielle Moran and Amanda Albright

Treasury Urged to Ban Use of Stimulus Aid to Build New Prisons

An article in Bloomberg noted, Dozens of signatories, including the American Sustainable Business Council and Justice Capital, sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and other administration officials asking them to “explicitly prohibit any state, including Alabama, from using CARES Act, American Rescue Plan (ARP), infrastructure funds or any other federal dollars for prison construction projects.” 

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OVER 300 BUSINESSES ENDORSE PRESIDENT BIDEN’S BUILD BACK BETTER AGENDA, CALL ON CONGRESS TO IMMEDIATELY ACT TO ADDRESS THE CLIMATE CRISIS

Washington, DC — Today, more than 300 American business leaders signed a letter calling on Congress to immediately address the climate crisis by passing President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda into law via reconciliation. These business leaders noted that the climate crisis is here, that it is already impacting the livelihoods and wellbeing of hundreds of millions of Americans, and that everyone in the nation is at risk, regardless of where they live. Importantly, these business leaders not only endorsed the climate provisions within the President’s Build Back Better Agenda, bu

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American Sustainable Business Council Voices Support of the Freedom to Vote Act

Following today’s introduction of the Freedom to Vote Act, the American Sustainable Business Council voices its support of this significant reform measure that is expected to strengthen the voting rights of all Americans and significantly reduce the influence of money in politics. Under the leadership of Senat Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), the bill’s co-sponsors include Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Angus King (I-ME), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Raphael Warnock (D-GA).

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American Sustainable Business Council and Social Venture Circle Launch Campaign for Business Support of Build Back Better

Washington, D.C. — With markup by the Ways & Means Committee scheduled to begin on September 14 of the proposed $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill before it, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and Social Venture Circle (SVC) initiated a campaign to demonstrate support from American businesses. Within the first hours of the campaign more than 100 businesses had signed on signaling strong endorsement of the necessary investments in America’s infrastructure.

ASBN in the News ALAN MURRAY AND DAVID MEYER

What Seventh Generation Co-founder Jeffrey Hollender Wants to See Under Stakeholder Capitalism

Fortune interviewed ASBC CEO and Co-founder Jeffrey Hollender about his three biggest policy changes that would make the kind of stakeholder capitalism he favors a reality.

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Businesses Applaud EPA’s Decision to Pursue Economically Beneficial Science-based Protections for Bristol Bay, Alaska

Washington, D.C.— The American Sustainable Business Council and its collaboration partner Businesses for Conservation & Climate Action commend the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its announcement on September 9th that it will resume work to establish protections for the Bristol Bay watershed from large-scale mining, including the proposed Pebble Mine which has threatened Bristol Bay’s salmon, commercial fishery, and Tribes for nearly two decades.

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Leading Small Business Organizations Join Rep. James E. Clyburn in a Call to Protect Voting Rights

American Sustainable Business Council, Main Street Alliance, and Small Business Majority host a special event to highlight the importance of democracy in entrepreneurship

Washington, D.C. — Small business owners and community organizations participated in a special event with House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn on September 8, 2021, to push back against the laws suppressing Americans’ voting rights across the country.

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American Sustainable Business Council Applauds House Passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

Washington, DC — The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) applauds the House passage of federal voting rights legislation, which will further protect our democracy. The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA) defends the most basic right in a democracy, the right to choose who will serve us in government, which has been under attack in dozens of states. The John Lewis VRAA restores protections first provided in the 1965 Voting Rights Act, but which have been gutted by two recent Supreme Court decisions.

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American Sustainable Business Council Applauds House Passage of the Budget Resolution Package

Washington, D.C. — The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) applauds the passage of $3.5 trillion top-line budget resolution, which now establishes a timeframe for committees to submit their full packages for the anticipated reconciliation measure by September 15. Today’s vote of 220-212 also sets a deadline for consideration no later than September 27 of the Senate-passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (HR 3684), also known as the bipartisan infrastructure bill.

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ASBC Applauds Passage of $3.5 Trillion Budget Resolution.

The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) congratulates the Senate and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on moving forward with both elements of an historic package based on President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda to improve both physical and human infrastructure and address climate change.

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ASBC Honors the Legacy of Richard Trumka

The American Sustainable Business Council stands in solidarity with workers as we grieve the loss of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, and our thoughts are with the Trumka family.

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American Sustainable Business Council & Social Venture Circle Call for Mandatory Vaccination for the Recovery and Success of American Businesses

Washington, D.C. — Since the introduction of vaccination options to limit the spread and risk of the pandemic, American businesses have had a global advantage to keep their most valuable assets, their people, healthy. This has been a major contributor to the strong recovery of our economy, keeping business enterprises open and running.  As business operators know, if they don’t have the people needed to serve customers, or produce or distribute products, they will shut down or scale back.

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Advancing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework Is a Win for American Businesses Committed to a Just and Equitable Economy

Washington, D.C.— Passage of the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework (BIF) and, as a vital next step, a much larger reconciliation package is an opportunity to begin to turn an antiquated, carbon-based, inefficient foundation for American businesses into a new foundation that prioritizes a just and equitable economy. With today’s agreement and likely Senate vote to proceed, American businesses can accelerate planning toward a future of innovation that includes a significant part of the US population who could be the inspiration for or the source of much of that innovation.

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Standing Up for an Equitable, Sustainable Economy on Capitol Hill as American Sustainable Business Council Staff and Members Again Conducted Virtual Fly-In Meetings with Congress in July

Washington, D.C. — The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and business members from around the country came together virtually last week for a D.C. fly-in with several members of Congress and their staff to advocate for solutions and policies that support an equitable, sustainable, stakeholder economy. The visits were timed to take place in the middle of Senate negotiations, including a procedural floor vote, on the bipartisan infrastructure agreement, considered an important first step toward President Biden’s Build Back Better platform.

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Natural Gas Is to Clean Energy What Vaping Is to Clean Lungs. Business Needs a Renewable Path Forward, Not Half-steps.

Washington, D.C.—  As Congress continues to negotiate the bipartisan package, it is critical that we put the country back on track to meeting our emission reduction goals in a way that doesn’t protect dangerous fossil fuels like natural gas, which has a host of issues associated with it. American businesses have an amazing track record of progress and improvement that has led to lasting change when resisting the temptation to take half-steps in favor of true innovation, such as the goal of 100 percent renewable energy.

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Businesses Applaud: USDA Announcement to Restore and Expand Protection of the Tongass National Forest

Washington, D.C.— The American Sustainable Business Council and its collaboration partners Businesses for Conservation & Climate Action announced today its support of the USDA’s announced plan to restore and expand protections for Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. Their plan will help to reverse the Trump-era action that exempted 9.3 million acres of the Tongass from the 2001 Roadless Rule.

ASBN in the News Saul Elbein

Business Group Backs Filibuster Exception for Voting Rights

On the occasion of a speech by President Biden about voting, the American Sustainable Business Council announced it was the first business organization to call for the Senate to amend its filibuster rules to allow passage of federal voting rights legislation. This article by The Hill highlights the move and ASBC’s support for the urgent passage of the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

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National Business Group Calls for Senate Filibuster Reform

Washington, D.C.— The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) today became the first major business organization to call for the Senate to amend its filibuster rules to allow passage of federal voting rights legislation. In support of President Biden’s speech today on voting rights and the fight to protect our democracy, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) also reaffirms its support for the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

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ASBC Comments on Troubling SCOTUS Decisions

Washington, D.C. — The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and the 250,000 responsible businesses, business coalitions, and investors we represent are deeply disappointed with the decisions today of the U.S. Supreme Court that erode voting rights and transparency. These rulings are an important reminder of why ASBC has supported the For the People Act to protect and expand voting rights and impose additional transparency in campaign finance.

ASBN in the News Where Small Business MattersCo-hosts Tom Nixon and Marc Trail

Listen to Podcast: Business Sustainability, with Jeffrey Hollender
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Is the “New Normal” really new? Co-hosts Tom Nixon and Marc Trail are joined by Jeffrey Hollender and Certified Volunteer Mentor Richard Gibbs to discuss business sustainability concepts that are impacting businesses globally—both small and large, private and public. Discussion points: Jeffrey’s career path and areas of focus Business realities as to sustainability Business sustainability has been around for a while Impact on the small business owner Benefits of sustainability on the small business owner Question of the day: Why do mentors mentor?

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American Sustainable Business Council and Social Venture Circle Welcome New Members

Washington, D.C.— As American businesses increasingly focus on how they must contribute to a more just and sustainable economy and environment, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and Social Venture Circle (SVC) are pleased to announce their newest members since the two organizations entered a strategic union in September 2020. Recognizing the urgency to apply their focus on the pervasive issues of climate and energy, infrastructure, business for democracy, race and equity, circular economy, and the High Road workplace, these businesses are leaders in their sectors.

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Michael Peck former Delegate for Mondragon discusses Projects, Events & 1worker1vote Initiatives
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ASBC was recently mentioned by Michael Peck, an ASBC board member, on the podcast Everything Co-Op. In this podcast Peck was able to explain how ASBC is making an impact on sustainable policies as well as changing the sustainable business mindset to one that is achievable and in our control.

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ASBC Comments on Agreement on Partial Infrastructure Agreement

The bipartisan deal to arrive at a infrastructure deal is very much a partial deal on behalf of Americans who have been most neglected by America’s policies. While it signals that our government is willing work together towards economic competitiveness on physical infrastructure, it neglects the key tenets of the Administration’s original proposal that prioritize people, such as paid leave, universal pre-K, and credits for poorer families.

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Standing Up for a Just, Sustainable Economy on Capitol Hill as the American Sustainable Business Council Conducted Virtual Fly-In Meetings with Congress and the White House June 16-17

Washington, D.C. — The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and business members from around the country came together virtually last week for a D.C. fly-in with members of Congress and their staff and the White House to advocate for solutions and policies that support a just sustainable, stakeholder economy. As a multi-issue, business organization advocating on behalf of all sectors, sizes, and geographies of business, ASBC and its association members collectively represent over 250,000 businesses across its networks.

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ASBC Statement about Senate Vote on the For the People Act S1

While the decision by every Republican Senator to block even beginning debate is disappointing, as of this writing the For the People Act S1 remains an open question, however, one we must answer with a resounding yea. This is the beginning of a long journey ahead to transform our democracy into one that represents, reflects, and serves all of us. 

ASBN in the News Jerome Knyszewski

David Levine of the American Sustainable Business Council: How To Take Your Company From Good To Great

An article in Authority Magazine, a publication of Medium, features a profile of David Levine, President & Co-Founder of the American Sustainable Business Council, discussing the path of his career, including the formation of ASBC and the unique role and work of the organization.

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ASBC & Affiliates See True Conservation & Sustainable Economic Potential in Dept. of Interior Report

Washington, DC — Today the Department of the Interior (DOI) issued its highly anticipated report called for by President Biden’s executive order on combating the climate crisis at home and abroad. The report outlines the stakeholder engagement approaches and principles that are to be used by the administration in achieving its broad conservation goals in the coming years.

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ASBC Applauds House Ways and Means Chair Neal’s “Building an Economy for Families Act”

Washington, D.C. — After years of advocacy on behalf of a permanent, national paid family and medical leave benefit that would put the U.S. on par with nearly every other developed country in the world, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) applauds steps being proposed by President Biden and the House Ways and Means Committee to move us closer to that goal.

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Social Economy Europe and the American Sustainable Business Council welcome the achievements of the Leader’s Summit on Climate

The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and Social Economy Europe (SEE), representing over 3.1 Million social economy enterprises and organizations and Triple Bottom-line (People, Planet, Profit) Businesses and Business Organizations, welcome the vision and determination shown at the Leader’s Summit on Climate convened by the President of the United States.

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Business Campaign for Better Access to Capital for Black Entrepreneurs
By Frank Knapp Jr. and Derek Peebles

ASBC Board members Frank Knapp, Jr., Campaign Coordinator for Reform the SBA, and Derek Peebles, Executive Director, American Independent Business Alliance, wrote an op-ed in the Jacksonville Free Press urging Congress to support the Enhancing Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century Act. The Act calls for federal research into the reasons why the nation was at a 40-year low in new business startups.

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A Time for Justice
ASBC Statement on Chauvin Verdict

Washington, D.C. — The American Sustainable Business Council is relieved that Derek Chauvin has been held accountable for the murder of George Floyd. Our prayer is that this will bring some small measure of peace and comfort for Mr. Floyd’s family, as we wish the best for them and the friends of Mr. Floyd. 

But this should be a beginning, not an end. Holding police accountable should not be a singular event. Achieving justice must not be a special occasion. We must take the next step to assuring, as Mr.

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Barclays Withdraws from Prison Financing to Honor Commitment

Washington, D.C.—On Thursday, April 15 the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and Social Venture Circle (SVC) announced the termination of the membership and refunding of dues to Barclays based on its involvement in a prison financing deal in Alabama.  Business leaders and investors rallied in their support encouraging Barclays to pull out of the deal.  A group of impact investors, business leaders, and social justice advocates called on global investors to

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American Sustainable Business Council and Social Venture Circle Refund Barclays Dues Over Prison Underwriting

Washinton, D.C. — The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and Social Venture Circle (SVC) refuse to perpetuate mass incarceration, systemic racism, and human rights abuses through the offering and purchase of taxable municipal bonds offered today for sale by the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) through the Wisconsin Public Finance Authority in a deal underwritten by Barclays.

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ASBC CALLS FOR CONGRESSIONAL PASSAGE OF POLICE REFORM BILLS FOLLOWING MURDER OF DAUNTE WRIGHT

Washington, D.C. — The April 11 killing of 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Brooklyn City, Minnesota shows once again our current policing systems are rooted in systemic racism. The murders of Black and Brown Americans including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others are intolerable. As leaders in the business community, ASBC recognizes its role in contributing to policy reform at the state and federal levels. Dismantling systemic racism is crucial to protecting Black and Brown communities from police violence.

ASBN in the News David Levine, American Sustainable Business CouncilDr. Andrew Smith, Rodale Institute

Agriculture runoff is a major problem. The Rodale Institute & American Sustainable Business Council shares one simple way to protect our water.

An article in Green Philly, by ASBC President & Co-founder David Levine and Dr. Andrew Smith of the Rodale Institute, calls for policymakers to expand support for soil health and organic practices in the Delaware Watershed which will be a win-win-win for the farmers, communities, and businesses. 

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American Sustainable Business Council Applauds President Biden’s American Jobs Plan

Washington, DC – President Joe Biden officially announced today his American Jobs Plan, a massive $2 trillion investment strategy to jumpstart the economy by upgrading our decaying infrastructure while tackling vital aspects of the climate crisis. Through this plan the administration seeks a much needed and overdue transition towards a more equitable and sustainable economic model, while unifying the country to face the challenges ahead.

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American Sustainable Business Council Applauds President Biden’s American Jobs Plan

Washington, DC – President Joe Biden officially announced today his American Jobs Plan, a massive $2 trillion investment strategy to jumpstart the economy by upgrading our decaying infrastructure while tackling vital aspects of the climate crisis. Through this plan the administration seeks a much needed and overdue transition towards a more equitable and sustainable economic model, while unifying the country to face the challenges ahead.

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ASBC Endorses the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act as Vital for Stimulating the Economy and Protecting Businesses

Washington, D.C. – The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) released the following statement endorsing the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2021, which was introduced in Congress on Tuesday, March 16 by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The proposed legislation would help close the investment gap in U.S. water infrastructure by significantly increasing annual authorized funding for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund program. The legislation also increases funding for several other important federal water quality programs.

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American Sustainable Business Council Applauds Appointment of the first Native American Cabinet Member in U.S. History

 Washington, D.C. — The American Sustainable Business Council applauds Secretary Deb Haaland as the first Native American Cabinet member in U.S. history, leading the Interior Department. We are dedicated to co-creating an equitable, sustainable and thriving stakeholder economy for all. Our coalition-focused approach to solving the pervasive and systemic issues of climate and energy, infrastructure, circular economy, and co-creating a high-road economy, are all seen through the collaborative lens of racial equity and justice.

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ASBC, BUSINESS LEADERS, AND INVESTORS APPLAUD ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ON ESG INVESTING

WASHINGTON, DC — American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) applauds the announcement that the US Department of Labor will not be enforcing an ERISA-regulated fund final rule which restrained fund managers from considering environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors when considering investments. This is a meaningful first step in eventually rolling back the fund rule, which prevents the use of ESG criteria as a method of material investor consideration.

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American Sustainable Business Council Appoints Michael Neuwirth Chief Communications Officer

Washington, DC — Today, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) announced the appointment of Michael Neuwirth as its first-ever Chief Communications Officer. Reporting to ASBC CEO and Co-Founder Jeffrey Hollender, Neuwirth brings more than 25 years of growth-focused business communications to ASBC, the leading business advocate for governance reform and stakeholder capitalism.

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ASBC Congratulates Secretary Vilsack on His Confirmation to Lead the United States Department of Agriculture.

Washington, D.C. — Today the American Sustainable Business Council congratulated Secretary Vilsack on his confirmation to lead the United States Department of Agriculture. ASBC’s Regenerative Agriculture and Justice Working Group brings together business leaders from industries throughout the agricultural value chain, advocacy organizations, and groups representing farmers, workers, and frontline communities to advance policy.

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Leading Green Economy Advocate Juan Verde Recognized As A Top Latino In The Global Fight Against Climate Change

ASBC Board member, Juan Verde, was named one of the 100 Latinos Most Committed to Climate Action for the second consecutive year by Sachamama. This renowned environmental nonprofit (NPO) is celebrated for its work on the climate crisis, and it helps drive a clean energy economy, sustainable attitudes, behaviors and lifestyles.

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ASBC Welcomes President Joe Biden’s Bold Action at the Start of His Presidency

The Biden-Harris White House has announced sweeping executive and agency action today, on the day of his inauguration; the start of fulfilling campaign commitments and signaling a transformative and inclusive government.  Many of these sweeping policy actions are decisions and policies for which American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) has long been fighting. We celebrate with countless businesses, partner organizations and coalitions that helped to achi

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ASBI Names New Board Leadership and Announces Board Members
Board Appointments Signal Continued Commitment to Justice, Equity and Inclusion

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Sustainable Business Institute (ASBI) has selected a new board chair and announced new board members who will each help support the organization’s mission to educate and inform the public and policy makers about the benefits of a more sustainable economy, and about policies and practices that can foster an American economy that works for all.

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New Covid-19 relief includes $285 billion in Paycheck Protection business loans

Washington, D.C. – American Sustainable Business Council applauds Congress’s successful bipartisan effort to mitigate the current economic crisis by passing a new stimulus package. Signed into law at the end of December, it includes the renewal of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) originally created in the CARES ACT of March 2020.Under this new regulation, $285 billion will be allocated for loans to first- and second-time small business borrowers.&n

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BUSINESS DEMANDS TRUMP REMOVAL, TRANSPARENCY FOR DONATIONS & RESTORING RULE OF LAW

The ability to conduct business depends on the rule of law and equal justice, which came under attack yesterday when domestic terrorists assaulted and ransacked the U.S. Capitol building and disrupted and threatened members of Congress while executing the business of the American people.

For that reason, the American Sustainable Business Council, representing more than 250,000 businesses believes several critical steps must be taken immediately to restore the rule of law and hold accountable those terrorists and those who encouraged, enabled and/or incited them.

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In the January 6, 2020 Events, the American Sustainable Business Council Released the Following Statement from CEO Jeffrey Hollender And President David Levine

“The assault on our nation’s Capitol is sad and horrifying, but unfortunately is the culmination of serious and repeated attacks on our democracy., and too many who now condemn the mob either enabled the lies and lawless behavior or at best averted their eyes. This behavior is not only unacceptable, but those responsible, as well as those who encouraged and incited it, must be held accountable.  

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ASBC members Seventh Generation, Ben & Jerrys, Patagonia and More Strongly Urge All Members of Congress to Defend Democracy and Certify Election Results

WASHINGTON, DC, January 5, 2021 — On behalf of the 250,000 businesses ASBC represents, we call on all members of Congress to defend our democracy and certify November’s election results when they meet Wednesday, January 6. ASBC endorses the bipartisan effort from across the country supporting a swift and transparent transfer of power to the Biden-Harris administration, upholding the electoral norms that have been a cornerstone of American constitutional democracy for 224 years.  

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American Sustainable Business Council urges Congress to override veto of bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act and the Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act

Washington, DC — The bipartisan Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act of 2019, led by Sen. Chris Coon, D-Delaware, and co-sponsored by Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine; Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota; and Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, is now at risk with President Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act. 

ASBN in the News Larissa Faw

Advocacy Group Seeks To Shame Ad Agencies, PR Shops Hyping Fossil Fuel Industry

An article in Media Post quoted Thomas Oppel, executive vice president of the ASBC, about ASBC’s sign on letter - call-to-action to pressure advertising agencies and PR firms to stop working with the fossil fuel industry. Said Oppel, “It’s past time for not just truth in advertising, but truth in the advertising and PR business.”

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ASBC Outlines Tenets of Sustainability

Business leaders name four major principles of sustainable packaging.

Happi.com wrote an article about how ASBC believes that a systems-level overhaul of how we design, use and dispose of packaging is necessary, with circularity and sustainability prioritized at its center and the ultimate goal of a zero-waste economy. 

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ASBC/SVC CONGRATULATES PRESIDENT-ELECT

WASHINGTON, D.C — The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and Social Venture Circle (SVC), as well as the 250,000 responsible businesses we represent, congratulate President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their electoral victory. 

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ASBC and BCL: Business Leaders Step Up on Climate Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C — No matter the outcome of the November Elections, now is the critical time for business leaders to urge legislators to pass a comprehensive national climate policy. The Step Up, Speak Out: A Business Advocacy Guide for Climate Action created by the American Sustainable Business Council and Business Climate Leaders can help business leaders contribute. 

ASBN in the News Rhett Buttle

When Businesses Support Their Employees In Voting, It Makes A Huge Difference

An article in Forbes praises ASBC resources for businesses to get out the vote (GOTV)  as well as a pledge for businesses to promote election participation. ASBC Co-founder & President David Levine was quoted, “Businesses must support participation in our democracy.  We call on businesses to engage their employees and their public to increase both registration and turnout for the 2020 elections.”

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ASBC Releases Proposal For An Equitable Economic System

Public Policy Initiatives Forge Path To “New Normal” For A Nation In Crisis

WASHINGTON, DC, October 7, 2020—The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), the nation’s foremost business advocate for an environmentally safe and equitable economy, today announces the release of its public policy proposal, Creating An Economic System That Works For All.

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The American Sustainable Business Council Businesses Calls for an End to Preventable Childhood Cancers
“Childhood Cancer” Report Builds The Business Case For Systemic Change

WASHINGTON, DC,  September 23, 2020 – The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) joined the rally cry to end preventable childhood cancers, encouraging business leaders to take action to support The Childhood Cancer Prevention Initiative, a collaborative effort to improve children’s health by widely sharing the evidence about the impacts of toxic chemicals on children, as well as opportunities for preventing childhood cancer by removing toxic chemicals from products and environments where children live, learn and play.

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ASBC Honors the Legacy of Justice Ginsburg

WASHINGTON, DC, September 21, 2020 - The American Sustainable Business Council is saddened by the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, September 18, and honors her enduring legacy of fighting for gender equality throughout American society. 

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American Sustainable Business Council And Social Venture Circle Unite
Contact: Chrystie Heimert
802.338.2556
cheimert@asbcouncil.org

New Strategic Alliance Will Significantly Boost Efforts to
Remake & Revitalize the American Economy

WASHINGTON, DC,  September 16, 2020—The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), the nation’s foremost business advocate for an environmentally safe and equitable economy announced today a strategic alliance with Social Venture Circle (SVC), the country’s foremost social impact networking organization.

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ASBC Publishes Complete Voter + Poll-worker Employer Resource Page

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In part of their ongoing voter and election advocacy campaign, the American Sustainable Business Council today unveiled a new interactive voter + poll-worker resource hub. Among the many tools available for its network will be a page for business people and citizens alike to find full voter and poll-worker information by state, including important deadlines for mail-in voting and absentee voting.

ASBN in the News Tina Casey

More U.S. Business Leaders Finally Speak Up for the USPS

An article in Triple Pundit praises ASBC’s  an open letter to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that notes the potential impact of DeJoy’s actions on mail delivery on the November 3 elections, and also points out that the USPS provides a level playing ground for countless small businesses. The article urges businesses to to sign a petition calling for DeJoy’s actions to be rolled back, and for the USPS to receive full funding.

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ASBC CALLS ON SENATE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE TO HOLD POSTMASTER GENERAL ACCOUNTABLE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Sustainable Business Council is calling on members of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Oversight Committee to hold Postmaster General DeJoy accountable for the recent troubling reports of his dismantling of the United States Postal Service since his appointment in June of this year.   

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Biden vs. Corporate America
Catherine Boudreau

An article in POLITICO interviewed Jeffrey Hollender, co-founder and CEO of the American Sustainable Business Council, who said corporations need a new framework to fully account for the environmental and social costs of their operations. That is unlikely to happen voluntarily, he said, and would require legislation.

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Tech Antitrust Groups Have a New Target: Food Delivery Apps
Sam Sabin

An article in Morning Consult discusses the new campaign called “Protect Our Restaurants,” the American Sustainable Business Council, the American Economic Liberties Project and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance are calling on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the four most dominant food delivery apps and their treatment of restaurants, which have become highly dependent on these services during the pandemic. 

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Senate Passes Sustainable Chemistry Act as Part of Military Spending Bill

Green Car Congress mentions ASBC as a key endorser of the Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act of 2019.

The act directs the Office of Science and Technology Policy to convene an interagency entity under the National Science and Technology Council with the responsibility of coordinating federal programs and activities in support of sustainable chemistry. 

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Responsible Business Leaders Support Holding Fossil Fuel Companies Accountable
Richard Lawton

executive Director Richard Lawton of the N.J. Sustainable Business Council (an ASBC member) wrote an op-ed in ROI-NJ argues that making “…New Jersey more sustainable, resilient and equitable in the face of climate change will require significant funds. It’s only fair that the fossil fuel companies who created this crisis pay their fair share of the cumulative costs that have been imposed on New Jerseyans.”

ASBN in the News Katie Kienbaum

American Sustainable Business Council Calls for Local Broadband Authority

An article in Community Networks highlighted ASBC’s report to help state and local governments responding to the coronavirus, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) released a set of policy recommendations, “From Crisis to Opportunity: Recommendations for State & Local Governments,” in late May. ASBC’s policy suggestions touch on various issues, including Internet access. The guide directs government officials to promote cooperative and municipal networks and remove barriers to community broadband in order to expand Internet access.

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ASBC APPLAUDS BIDEN’S CLIMATE AND INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN, CALLS ON TRUMP TO REVERSE COURSE AND MATCH IT

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and the 250,000+ members in our business community today applauded Vice President Joe Biden’s newly released Climate & Infrastructure Plan, while urging President Donald Trump to reverse his course by taking equally bold steps to protect our planet and reinvigorate our economy with a 21st Century energy system.

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ASBC HAILS LANDMARK SUPREME COURT DECISION UPHOLDING CIVIL RIGHTS OF LGBTQ WORKERS

“Coming in the middle of Pride Month, this decision is a welcome blow against intolerance that makes America and our economy fairer and more inclusive, which will ultimately make us more successful,” said David Levine, ASBC President. “That is the central mission of ASBC and the nearly 250,000 businesses we represent. We were proud to join the arguments on behalf of this case and we are thrilled at the outcome.”

(Washington, DC) – June 15, 2020

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ADD YOUR VOICE TO CONFRONT RACISM!

The primary goal of the American Sustainable Business Council is to build a more just, diverse equitable, and inclusive economy. Achieving that depends on the rule of law, under which equal protection is key.

It is long past time to finally and fully confront the vicious, destructive role race has played throughout American history, mocking and subverting the fundamental principles we proclaimed in the foundational documents: our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution.

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American Sustainable Business Council Releases Business Blueprint for A Post-Covid Ecomony
State And Local Business Organizations Rally Around Innovative Policy Recommendations At Virtual Event

Washington, DC – At a webinar this week, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) announced a comprehensive series of innovative policy recommendations for states and localities to address the present impacts of COVID-19 while building more resilient economies. More than 400 business leaders from across the nation registered for the virtual event to vet the organization’s blueprint of policies designed for immediate implementation and intended to provide meaningful economic stimulus and positive social, environmental, and public impacts for both the immediate and longer terms

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ASBC Strongly Endorses the Clean Water for All Act as Good for Business and the Economy

Washington, DC – The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) today strongly endorsed the Clean Water for All Act as good for business and the economy.

The legislation, introduced by U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio and (D-OR) and U.S. Representative Grace Napolitano (D-CA), is aimed at repealing the Navigable Waters Protection Rule finalized by the EPA in April that severely limited the scope of the Clean Water Act.

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ASBC Says EPA Exploits COVID-19 Crisis

Washington, DC – A sweeping suspension of environmental rules by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exploits the COVID-19 crisis, according to the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC).

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ASBC Member W.S. Badger CEO to Testify for FAMILY Act

WASHINGTON – Rebecca Hamilton, co-CEO of Gilsum, N.H.-based W.S. Badger Company, a member of the American Sustainable Business Council, will testify Tuesday in support of the FAMILY Act (H.R. 1185) before the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee.

Family owned and run, W.S. Badger was founded in 1995 in rural southwestern New Hampshire and employs 100 people in the manufacture and sale of organic balms and personal care products.  The company prides itself on “creating a supportive and family-friendly workplace,” epitomizing what ASBC calls the “high road workplace.”

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ASBC Says Trump Administration Finalization of the New Waters of the US Rule is Not Pro-business

Washington, DC – Today, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) released a statement critical of the expected announcement of the finalization of a new Waters of the US rule. The new rule will limit the scope of waterways covered under the Clean Water Act to its lowest number since the 1980s.  In attempt to convey that the business community is behind the new rule, the EPA’s Administrator, Andrew Wheeler, will make this announcement today at a meeting of the National Association of Home Builders. ASBC President David Levine asserted that the opposite is true. 

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ASBC Announces Principles for Packaging Waste System Changes in the US

Washington, DC – The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) today released principles to guide systemic changes needed to reduce packaging waste in the United States. Developed by a working group of business and association leaders, the principles are designed to guide improved business practices, regulations and legislation. The 20-member working group participants included Clif Bar, Green America, Lego, Method and Seventh Generation among others.

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American Sustainable Business Council Says White House Rollback of Environmental Regulations Will Hasten Climate Crisis and Harm Business

Washington, DC – The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) today condemned the Trump Administration’s proposal to roll back environmental protections in the National Environmental Policy Act, saying it will harm business by hastening the climate crisis.

The proposed changes to National Environmental Policy Act will weaken the bedrock environmental law’s ability to ensure that federally permitted infrastructure projects consider impacts on air, water and wildlife.

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Panorama and American Sustainable Business Council New Study Shows Positive Return to Companies Offering Paid Leave

Washington, DC – New research shows paid leave programs have a positive return on investment (ROI) for companies that offer the benefit. In the first known quantitative study to consider the impact of paid leave on productivity, Panorama and the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) found that companies with paid leave programs averaged increases of 4.6 percent in revenue and 6.8 percent in profit on a full-time equivalent (FTE) basis. 

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The American Sustainable Business Council Says Court Decision Against Net Neutrality Points to Need for Congress to Act

WASHINGTON DC — The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), representing the public policy interests of more than 250,000 responsible businesses, today expressed disappointment at the decision by the U.S. District Court of Appeals to uphold much of the FCC’s 2017 repeal of Net Neutrality rules for regulation of the Internet. 

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The American Sustainable Business Council Announces Support for the Climate Strike

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), representing the public policy interests of more than 250,000 responsible businesses, today announced its support for the student-organized climate strikes scheduled for September 20 and 27, 2019. 

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The American Sustainable Business Council Announces Support for U.S. Farmers and Ranchers for a Green New Deal

WASHINGTON DC — The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), representing the public policy interests of more than 250,000 responsible businesses, today announced its support for a coalition of farmers and ranchers that has endorsed the Green New Deal. Thomas Oppel, Executive Vice President of ASBC, spoke at a press event held today by the coalition of nearly 10,000 farmers and ranchers. 

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The American Sustainable Business Council Criticizes Gutting of Federal Clean Water Protections

Protections 

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), representing the public policy interests of more than 250,000 responsible businesses, today criticized the Trump Administration’s repeal of federal clean water protections. Despite objections from the American Sustainable Business Council’s membership and other industry voices, the Environmental Protection Agency today finalized the rollback of  the Clean Water Rule. 

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The American Sustainable Business Council Endorses Safe Cosmetics Legislation Introduced in Congress

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), representing the public policy interests of more than 250,000 responsible businesses, today endorsed the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2019, which was introduced by Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill. The bill addresses the serious problem of toxic chemicals in products linked to cancer and other illnesses.

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ASBC calls Council of Institutional Investors “dangerously myopic”

Washington, DC – The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), representing the public policy interests of more than 250,000 responsible businesses, today denounced as “dangerously myopic” the response by the Council of Institutional Investors (CII) to calls for companies to consider all stakeholders, not just shareholders, in their drive for more profits.

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Business Praise for Business Roundtable “Statement of Purpose of a Corporation”

Washington, DC – The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), representing the public policy interests of more than 250,000 responsible businesses, praised the “Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation” announced today by the Business Roundtable (BRT). ASBC is focusing on steps to turn principles like those in the BRT statement into substantive reforms to capitalism at its summit in December. 

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Business Praise for Clean Energy Victory Bonds Bills

Washington, DC – Today, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) praised the introduction of Clean Energy Victory Bonds bills in Congress. The legislation calls for government bonds that would support clean energy and energy efficiency.  

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Business Leaders Applaud House Vote to Increase $7.25 Federal Minimum Wage,
Call for Senate and White House to Pass and Sign into Law

Washington, DC – Today, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) released a statement applauding the passage of a bill raising the $7.25 federal minimum wage. It was passed today by the U.S. House of Representatives. The statement also calls on the Senate and the White House to pass the bill and sign it into law. The following may be attributed to Jeffery Hollender, CEO of ASBC