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American Sustainable Business Council
Advancing a vibrant, just, and sustainable economy
Advancing a vibrant, just, and sustainable economy

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Is Donald Trump Right to Blame #NAFTA for US Job Losses? by David Brodwin

"Labor economist Brad DeLong...makes a strong case that while American workers have suffered grievously from the collapse in manufacturing jobs, trade deals have little to do with their pain. Job losses would be about the same with or without NAFTA and similar deals. So killing these deals, while politically popular, won't help the people who need it most." Click below to read more.

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Join a candid conversation with leaders of Badger Balm, King Arthur Flour, Let’s Grow Kids, Vision Financial and the American Sustainable Business Council on what it means to be a high-road employer, the rewards and challenges of offering family-friendly benefits, and how public policy can help create healthy, inspiring workplace cultures.

1:30 pm Registration Opens
2:00 pm Welcome – Katie Schwerin, Badger Balm
2:10 pm Policy Overview
2:30 pm Panel Discussion
3:10 pm Audience Q & A
3:45 pm Closing Remarks

Katie Schwerin, Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer - W.S. Badger Company

Suzanne McDowell, Co-CEO & Chief HR Officer – King Arthur Flour

Jay Pettapiece, President – Financial Vision Corporation

Rebecca Copans, Business Liaison – Let’s Grow Kids

Julia Watts, Associate Director of Policy - ASBC

Read more about the High Road Workplace Project and if it inspires you, sign your name to our Principles of High Road Employers. If you have questions or need more information, please contact Julia Watts, associate director of policy, at We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Kudos to our member, Patagonia, for withdrawing from Outdoor Retailer in protest of Utah governor Gary Herbert's attempt to undo Bears Ears National Monument.

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David Levine, our CEO and co-founder, commented in Conscious Company Media's piece on how to embrace 2017, "Change is what voters want and it’s what the country needs. But we cannot let it be change that turns back the clock on the progress we’ve made. With the excuse of making policy changes that are ‘business-friendly,’ policymakers are poised to move the country in the wrong direction. Responsible business leaders need to speak up, step up, and show up. There are many ways to do this, from leading their companies to engage in visible, public ways to lobbying their elected representatives and speaking out in the press. We cannot stand by with so much at stake. We need to be in public and with policymakers, saying clearly what we stand for — and even more clearly what we will not stand for.

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Join us to show support for a diverse workforce and our opposition to a ban that “demeans our American principles and values.”

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David Brodwin gives insight into how regulations help business.

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“Before gutting business regulations the administration should talk to the business leaders who support them....When Toledo’s restaurants and offices had to close because unrestricted agricultural runoff poisoned Lake Erie, that was hardly good for business.” David Levine, CEO and co-founder of American Sustainable Business Council

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Seventh Generation is working for legislation supporting people's right to know what is in products they buy. And, our policy director, Bryan McGannon, told Bloomberg BNA that we are working to reintroduce the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act in 2017 that requires companies to disclose the ingredients in cleaning products, including components of dyes, fragrances, and preservatives making up 1% or more of the product.

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Technology, globalization & corporate short-termism are changing work. Read this new report from The Aspen Institute.

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You know how important clean water is to your business and the economy. But some groups are trying to undermine the EPA’s Clean Water Rule in the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. That’s why it’s so important that businesses sign onto a legal amicus brief supporting strong, national clean water protections. Click below to find out more and SIGN!
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