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Business Leaders Applaud Pause on Dangerous Liquefied Natural Gas Projects

The American Sustainable Business Network, an organization representing thousands of business owners and investors, today celebrated the Biden-Harris administration’s pause on exports from new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) projects. In its decision, the administration cited the impact of greenhouse gas emissions as well as the health risks that new export facilities pose to frontline communities.

Media Release Michael Green

Business leaders celebrate tough new EPA standards on methane emissions

Today, business leaders across the U.S. are celebrating the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement that it is adopting stronger rules against methane emissions. These rules include strengthening standards for leak detection and repair, expanding regulations for inspection of closed wells, and creating programs for third-party monitoring of super emitters.

Op Ed

BLM should strengthen its methane waste prevention rule

ASBN members Sandra McCardell, founder of CurrentC Energy Systems, and Angela Merkert, director of Alliance for Local Prosperity, call on the Bureau of Land Management to require oil/gas companies to capture gas rather than burning it in flares. More than half of people in New Mexico living within 1,000 feet of oil/gas wells are people of color, and are especially susceptible to dangerous air pollution caused by venting and flaring. 

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Political obstruction is climate destruction.

ASBN member John Imes warns that as lawmakers in Congress and state legislatures obstruct even the most basic environmental protections, “job-killing climate catastrophe looms larger every day.”

You can read the entire article HERE.

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168 American Businesses Urge EPA to Move Forward on Carbon Cutting Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received a significant boost in its efforts to cut carbon from our energy supply with a statement of strong support from over 150 businesses convened by the American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN). Signatories included brands like ECOS, MegaFood, Avocado Green Brands, and New Leaf Paper, and groups like Natural Investments LLC and the US Hemp Building Association.

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ASBN denounces the Supreme Court’s decision on Sackett vs EPA

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) The American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN), a membership organization that to informs, connects, and mobilizes the business and investor community toward a sustainable economy, along with partner organization Businesses for Conservation and Climate Action (BCCA), a coalition of Indigenous and non-Indigenous businesses in the natural resource economy, denounce the Supreme Court’s decision on Sackett vs EPA today. 

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The Ampersand Group unites the American Sustainable Business Network with the National Supplier Diversity Institute to Advance Local Diverse Business Initiatives and Collaborative Multi-Stakeholder Engagement in Clean Energy Industry

New York – The Ampersand Group, facilitator of multi-stakeholder economic ecosystems, connects the American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN), a movement builder organization committed to mobilizing business and investor communities toward a sustainable economy, alongside the National Supplier Diversity Institute (NSDI), a supplier diversity B2B/B2G marketplace that advances economic development pathways and local content compliance for su

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Business Leaders Say Willow Project Undermines Clean Energy Economy

The Biden administration has approved a controversial $8bn drilling project on Alaska’s North Slope. The ConocoPhillips Willow project will be one of the largest of its kind on US soil, involving drilling for oil and gas at three sites for multiple decades on the 23m-acre National Petroleum Reserve which is owned by the federal government and is the largest tract of undisturbed public land in the US. The project will emit the same amount of carbon as 76 coal fired power plants.

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American Sustainable Business Network Joins Farmers and Farm Organizations to Push for Climate Action, Racial Justice and Community Support in the Next Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN), a movement builder organization committed to inform, connect, and mobilize the business and investor community toward a sustainable economy, partners with farmers and farm organizations from across the country to call on Congress to prioritize climate action, racial justice and community support in the 2023 Farm Bill.

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The American Sustainable Business Network Welcomes the Re-Introduction of PACTPA as Smart Solution to Rebuild US Food System

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN), a movement builder organization committed to inform, connect, and mobilize the business and investor community toward a sustainable economy, applauds U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) for the re-introduction of a package of bills designed to reform the nation’s agriculture sector – including the Protect America’s Children from Toxic Pesticides Act (PACTPA), which ASBN has identified as essential to protect the safety of children, farmworkers, America’s food system and the environment.

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Statement from the American Sustainable Business Network on the 2023 State of the Union Address

“Let’s finish the job.”

A phrase President Joe Biden repeated throughout his State of the Union address last night. Bold and impassioned, his message to the nation was clear – let’s finish the job.

On the topic of climate resilience – let’s finish the job, rebuilding America’s infrastructure – let’s finish the job, economic recovery and stability for workers and families – let’s finish the job.

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American Sustainable Business Network celebrates EPA’s Final Determination Report which prohibits and restricts large-scale mining at Bristol Bay
The Clean Water Act protections will safeguard the people, waters, wildlife and lands of Bristol Bay ensuring future health and a regenerative economy for generations to come.

On January 31st, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized 404© Clean water Act protections that will stop the proposed Pebble Mine from being built at the Headwaters of Bristol Bay (approximately 200 miles southwest of Anchorage, AK). The act bans the disposal of mine waste in part of the bay’s watershed. The streams in the watershed are crucial breeding grounds for salmon, a source for the economy of the surrounding communities.

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ASBN and the Department of the Interior Enter into Public-Private Partnership to Support Tribally-led Economic Development

At the 2022 White House Tribal Nations Summit, the Department of the Interior announced a series of actions to support Tribally led conservation, education and economic development — including signing an MOU with the American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN) to support Tribally-led community based economic development entrepreneurship.

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American Sustainable Business Network and Partners Awarded $35 Million in Historic Climate Investment Package from USDA

American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN), a movement builder organization committed to inform, connect, and mobilize the business and investor community toward a just, regenerative and sustainable economy, was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) of $35 million as part of the Department’s Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities initiative.

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American Sustainable Business Network and Power the Polls Partner to Recruit More Poll Workers Before Midterm Elections

American Sustainable Business Network will work alongside Power the Polls to engage businesses and promote poll working as a way for employees to become civically engaged.

With the midterm elections fast approaching in November, American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN) is partnering with Power the Polls to provide business leaders and investors with the tools to support democracy by encouraging their workforces to become potential poll workers. 

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American Sustainable Business Network and Business Leaders Call on the Supreme Court to Protect the Clean Water Act

American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN), a movement builder organization committed to inform, connect, and mobilize the business and investor community toward a sustainable economy, calls on the United States Supreme Court to protect vital clean water protections and support the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the upcoming Sackett v. EPA case. 

Monday, the Court will hear arguments in the case which will determine which waters can and cannot be protected by the Clean Water Act. 

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American Sustainable Business Network Secures Kauffman Foundation Grant to Advance Inclusive Economies Research

More than $200K will go toward identifying opportunities, resources, and support for underserved communities

American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN), a movement builder organization committed to inform, connect, and mobilize the business and investor community toward a just and sustainable economy, is the recipient of a $216,000 grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for its participatory community-based research project on public policy solutions, alternative ownership models and community-supported entrepreneurship.

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American Sustainable Business Network and Over 200 Businesses Call on Congress to Advance Regenerative and Just Agriculture in the 2023 Farm Bill

Today, American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN), a movement builder organization committed to inform, connect, and mobilize the business and investor community toward a more sustainable economy, and over 200 businesses and organizations across industries and sectors called on Congress to pursue priorities for the 2023 Farm Bill that incentivize, support, and invest in regenerative and just agriculture.

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Statement from the American Sustainable Business Network on the Proposed EPA Rule to Designate PFOS and PFOA as Hazardous Substances

The American Sustainable Business Network applauds the Environmental Protection Agency for today proposing to designate the two most commonly detected toxic PFAS “forever chemicals” as hazardous substances under the Superfund law. 

PFAS is a diverse class of chemicals used in a wide range of consumer, commerical, and industrial products. There are currently more than 3,000 individual PFASs in the global marketplace.

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Statement from the American Sustainable Business Network on the anticipated passage of the Inflation Reduction Act in the House

Tomorrow, the U.S. House of Representatives has the opportunity to move forward the largest climate package in our nation’s history. The American Sustainable Business Network, its members and partner organizations urge House leadership to keep their promise to get America back on track and pass the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

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Senate Reached Historic Climate Deal: Business leaders encouraged

The recent announcement from Senator Schumer’s office indicates that a climate package will be a part of the upcoming budget reconciliation vote. The agreement will direct $369 billion towards climate investments – an important boost for our economy. If this bill passes, it will be the largest investment in climate in our nation’s history. 

Op Ed

Senate Needs Freedom From Minority Oppression

July 4, 1776, the 13 “united States of America” declared their independence, throwing off oppression from Great Britain. The government in the new country would derive its “just powers from the consent of the governed.”

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American Sustainable Business Network Launches National and Multi-State Campaign to Address the Role of Business in Repairing Democracy

Washington, DC — Today, American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN), a movement builder organization committed to inform, connect, and mobilize the business and investor community toward a sustainable economy, launched Business for Democracy, a national campaign to raise the trusted voice of small business on the need to strengthen and protect American democracy. 

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Statement from the American Sustainable Business Network on the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade

Washington, DC — Today marks a dark day in American history.

The Supreme Courts decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in the recent decision made in Dobbs v. Jackson Womens Health Organization is an end to the common-sense human right to abortion and will deprive millions of Americans of the fundamental, constitutional right to oversee their own reproductive health — ending nearly 50 years of federal abortion rights.

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ASBN kicks off Small Business and SBA Office of Advocacy Bipartisan Congressional Tour ahead of SBA’s National Small Business Week

Small businesses are the backbone, heart, and leaders of our economy. The Small Business Administration (SBA), created in 1953, is the only federal agency dedicated to small business. “In honor of Small Business Month, ASBN is excited to kick off its bipartisan Small Business and SBA Advocacy tour ahead of the Small Business Administration (SBA)’s National Small Business Week 2022 to carve a seat at the table for ASBN’s 250,000 member businesses as policies and positions are being crafted at the White House, SBA, and on Capitol Hill,” said Maritza T.

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The American Sustainable Business Network and the Department of Labor Tackle the Need for Improved Job Quality Through the Good Jobs Initiative

(WASHINGTON) May 12, 2022 – The American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN), a movement builder organization committed to inform, connect, and mobilize the business and investor community toward a sustainable economy, will join the US Department of Labor for a discussion on improving job access and quality through the Department’s Good Jobs Initiative.

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ASBN will be joined by Aleta Edwards as Senior Manager, Communications and Storytelling

ASBN is excited to announce the organization will welcome Aleta Edwards onto the team as the Sr. Manager, Communications and Storytelling. 

Edwards has more than ten years experience managing public relations assets for higher education, government, nonprofit and broadcast organizations. During this time, she leveraged meaningful storytelling to communicate organizational goals, developed branded content for various channels, led crisis communications efforts, and produced speeches and talking points for executive leadership.

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ASBN Voices Support for the Bush-Crow-Sanders Energy Security and Independence Act to Bolster Energy Independence and Investment in Renewables

Washington, DC – The American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN) and the business organizations it represents announced support of the Energy Security and Independence Act (ESIA) introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Representatives Cori Bush (D-MO-01) and Jason Crow (D-CO-6). The ESIA is introduced following President Biden’s Section 303 Memorandum invoking the Defense Production Act (DPA) of 1950 to produce minerals used in electric vehicle batteries and promote clean energy development. ESIA will shift the U.S.

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ASBN Voices Support for the Bush-Crow-Sanders Energy Security and Independence Act to Bolster Energy Independence and Investment in Renewables

Washington, DC – The American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN) and the business organizations it represents announced support of the Energy Security and Independence Act (ESIA) introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Representatives Cori Bush (D-MO-01) and Jason Crow (D-CO-6). The ESIA is introduced following President Biden’s Section 303 Memorandum invoking the Defense Production Act (DPA) of 1950 to produce minerals used in electric vehicle batteries and promote clean energy development. ESIA will shift the U.S.

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ASBN Announces Investors Circle Pitch Day Focused on Wind Energy Alternatives

Washington, DC – The American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN) today announced that Investors Circle will host a pitch day focused on wind energy alternatives for accredited investors on March 17, 2022. Investors Circle is a program of ASBN that brings together angel investors to invest in innovative and impactful early-stage startups that focus on sustainability and the inclusive economy.  Investors Circle pitch events are typically reserved only for ASBN members who are accredited investors, but this event is open to all accredited investors.

ASBN in the News MashableRachel Kraus

How ‘empathy’ convinced a suicide hotline to hand over its data

Long-time ASBN member Mac McCabe is quoted in this article saying, ”One should never compromise the mission and the original purpose of the business to make an extra buck,” in this article about how ‘empathy’ convinced a suicide hotline to hand over its data.

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ASBN Commends USDA’s Launch of the Climate Smart Commodities Partnership

Washington, DC - The American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN) today announced its support of the USDA’S Partnership for Climate Smart Commodities, whereby the department will use $1 billion from its Commodity Credit Corporation to enact pilot programs across the country that are focused on reducing the impact of climate change across the country. The agricultural sector is reported to contribute approximately 10 percent of the country’s overall emissions.

ASBN in the News Impact EntrepreneurBy Gayle Shanks & Valerie Red-Horse Mohl

Businesses Need the Freedom to Vote Act

In this opinion article, ASBN co-chair Valerie Red-Horse Mohl and Arizona bookstore owner Gayle Shanks share their perspective why businesses benefit from and need voter protection legislation.

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ASBN Demonstrates Why Businesses Need the Freedom to Vote Act

The American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN) today announced details of its business-led campaign to demonstrate the need for passage of the Freedom to Vote Act and protection of voting rights. “Our country was founded on the premise of the freedom of its citizens from a distant monarch,” said Thomas Oppel, Executive Vice President, ASBN. “And thanks to the will of our people and our strong and resilient economy, we have enjoyed the independence we celebrate every July 4.

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WV Businesses Need Voting Rights Act

In this opinion article published on January 17 in the Charleston (WV) Gazette-Mail, ASBN board co-chair Seungah Jeong and WV business owner Jeni Burns Riser explain why voting rights protection is good for American businesses.

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ASBN Applauds POTUS on Call for Senate to Get Voting Rights Legislation Passed

Washington, DC – The American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN) supports President Biden’s call on the Senate to change its rules in whatever way is necessary to pass voting rights legislation to protect the fundamentals of American democracy. Democracy is the cornerstone of our economy. While the Senate continues to debate voting rights legislation, it is critical to note that business owners’ voices in many states are being suppressed, particularly those in communities of color.

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Leading Small Business Organizations Call on Lawmakers to Consider Rule Change to Make Senate Work Better and to Pass Voting Rights Legislation
Representing more than 500,000 businesses and entrepreneurs, American Sustainable Business Network & other groups hold event to spotlight the role of voting rights in American democracy

The country’s leading small business organizations united today to express their opposition to the attack on voting rights and support the United States Senate passing voting rights legislation using filibuster reform to protect the fundamentals of American democracy. 

While the Senate continues to debate voting rights legislation, it is critical to note that business owners’ voices in many states are being suppressed, particularly those in communities of color.

Op Ed

Rep. Clyburn Joins Business Community to Push for Voting Rights Legislation
By Rep. James E. Clyburn and Frank Knapp

Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-SC), U.S. House Majority Whip, and Frank Knapp, President/CEO/co-founder, South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce (an ASBN board member) wrote an op-ed urging the Senate to support the filibuster carveout rule and to pass voting rights legislation.

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Statement about January 6: Our Prized and Priceless Democracy

Washington, DC – The American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN) released the following statement on the first anniversary on the January 6, 2021 attacks on the U.S. Capitol. 

Last year’s assault on our nation’s Capitol was a violent and horrifying representation of the ongoing and serious attacks on our democracy. Without a healthy and functioning democracy, business as we know it cannot survive, because democracy and U.S. businesses are existentially linked. 

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Businesses for Conservation and Climate Action, Community-based Business Leaders See True Conservation & Sustainable Economic Potential in New Alaska Marine Sanctuary Nomination, Co-management Mode

Washington, DC – Businesses for Conservation and Climate Action (BCCA) today hails our founding member the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island Tribal Government’s nomination of a new National Marine Sanctuary surrounding the Pribilof Islands. If designated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, this Marine Sanctuary would be the first in Alaska and the first established on the basis of government-to-government co-management between the United States and a federally recognized tribe. 

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ASBN Congratulates Chris Lu on Senate Confirmation to UN Ambassador Role

The American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN) is pleased to congratulate board member Chris Lu on his confirmation by the Senate to be Representative of the USA to the United Nations for U.N. Management and Reform, with the rank of Ambassador. Lu announced to ASBN that he would resign from the ASBN board effective immediately.

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American Sustainable Business Network Celebrates Executive Order to Cut Emissions and Expand Electrification 

Washington, DC – The American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN) announced its enthusiastic support for today’s executive order (EO) that seeks to reestablish the federal government as a leader in sustainability and transform Federal procurement and operations and secure a transition to clean, zero-emission technologies. This is expected to result in a carbon pollution-free electricity sector by 2035 and net-zero emissions economy-wide by no later than 2050. 

ASBN in the News Worth Magazine

The Worthy 100

Introducing the Worthy 100—a list showcasing over 100 entrepreneurs working to make a serious impact both personally and through their businesses.

This list of entrepreneurs working to change the world includes ASBN’s CEO Jeffrey Hollender and describes that, “In 2009, he founded the American Sustainable Business [Network], which represents over 250,000 companies and advocates for policy changes that support sustainability, equity and justice.”

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ASBN Applauds Attorney General Suit of Texas Over Voting Rights

The American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN) applauds Attorney General Merrick Garland’s announcement today to sue the state of Texas over a gerrymandered redistricting plan it says violates the Voting Rights Act and underscores Garland’s statement that the suit spotlights the need for the Senate to act on voting rights legislation. ASBN has been an early and strong supporter of the voting rights legislation, including the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

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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.  

Op Ed

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. ”

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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.

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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. 

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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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