ASBN’s Working Groups and Task Forces provide members with an ongoing opportunity to shape and engage in our policy work.
Working Groups are organized around major, policy or issue areas, (e.g. energy/environment, tax reform, safer chemicals, responsible workplace, etc.) and they meet on an on-going basis. The working groups are designed to: act as a body of advisors to ASBN staff; help us think long-term; define principles that guide the on-going work within a policy area; identify new opportunities; provide spokespersons; and mobilize members to support specific campaigns. They meet every two or three months; are supported by ASBN staff and guided by ASBNmembers who serve as co-chairs.
American Sustainable Business Network has convened the Regenerative Agriculture and Justice working group to advance public policies for a more regenerative, just, and equitable food and agricultural system. This broad group of stakeholders brings together business leaders from industries throughout the agricultural value chain, advocacy organizations, and groups representing farmers, workers, and frontline communities.
The objective of ASBN’s Climate & Energy working group is to discuss and identify key problems, solutions and strategies to address the climate and energy crisis our planet is facing. Global temperature has been on the rise, with the first decade of the 21st century the warmest on record. Overwhelmingly, scientists agree that man-made climate change is occurring. Climate events are indisputably more frequent, more severe and more destructive.
The Circular Economy Working Group brings together a wide variety of key stakeholders as ASBN works to tackle the waste crisis, especially plastic waste, in the United States. Environmentally-focused organizations and business leaders from across the nation collaborate to help guide our Packaging Waste Reduction campaign, with a focus on both federal and state level policies.
“The American Sustainable Network (ASBN) is working to address the growing concerns about business activities which are unaccounted for, or currently escape disclosure as negative externalities, activities which at this point also do not affect the P&L or balance sheet of corporations.
ASBN’s Race and Equity Working Group was created to address the inequities prevalent and pervasive in the economic and social construct of the United States and to hold our legislators accountable to social and economic justice. We ensure that the dignity and respect of diverse perspectives, voices and values of a multicultural America are heard and reflected in ASBN’s policy work toward creating an equitable and compassionate economy for all.
This working group will focus on public policy initiatives at the state and federal level. The ASBN-BizNGO Safer Chemicals Public Policy Work Group features in-depth analyses by policy experts, monitors federal and state chemical policy initiatives, and engages in and comments on initiatives where we have expertise.
The Restorative Investing Task Force is a group committed to overcome systemic racism through restorative access to capital. It seeks to share knowledge and learning to try to fill the gap between traditional philanthropy and market return seeking impact investing. It is fundamentally a way of deploying capital with and to marginalized communities to address justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI), particularly to address the racial wealth gap (i.e. not just capital to BIPOC but that and more).
At ASBN, we are committed to elevating opportunities for individual investors to deploy capital for impact that aligns with the JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) focus of ASBN and other impact investors. We are now excited to share this ground-breaking research on Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Loan Funds and highlight opportunities for individuals to invest capital in these mission-focused community lenders.
There is no going back! The Covid-19 crisis has revealed what many of us have always known, our current system of capitalism does not work for most Americans. As Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steven Pearlstein recently wrote, “our economic system has run off the moral rails, offending our sense of fairness, eroding our sense of community, poisoning our politics and rewarding values that easily degenerate into greed and indifference.”
Community Capital operates outside of the boundaries of conventional finance to bring marginalized communities into the economic mainstream. Through responsive, adaptive, and innovative lending, education, business support, and technical assistance, Community Capital remakes and revitalizes economies, enabling traditionally excluded peoples to become stakeholders in the economy.
The Livable Planet Working Group is dedicated to identifying systems and solutions that enable all life to thrive. We will work together to enhance these living-systems, tending to personal, team, community and global wellbeing.
OWNERSHIP CONVERSION: A GAME CHANGER
Study after study documents the powerful benefits achieved by employee-owned enterprises for workers in terms of additional income and retirement savings as well as improved workplace conditions.
ASBN’s Working Group for Women is a ‘think-do tank’ for forward-thinking women business owners, managers and employees that helps to ensure that gender concerns are reflected in our policy and advocacy work. The Working Group for Women is on hiatus until after the New Year 2021.