Employee Ownership was a key topic for ASBC on Capitol Hill in February. The House Small Business Committee held a public hearing Feb. 12 on the issue that included among its witnesses John Abrams, founder of ASBC-member South Mountain Company, which is an integrated architecture, engineering, building and solar company and a worker cooperative for 33 years. At the committee’s request, ASBC provided written testimony supporting enhanced and expanded employee ownership opportunities. 

That same week, Bill Parks, president of NRS and an ASBC member, accompanied by ASBC staff, visited with more than two dozen Senate offices. Parks and ASBC asked for support passing
S. 177, the Promotion and Expansion of Private Employee Ownership Act of 2019, while suggesting two amendments to increase incentives for creating Employee Stock Ownership Programs (ESOP).



ASBC Supporting the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act

ASBC gave its support to the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act, which was introduced into Congress by U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), U.S. Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), and U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.). The proposed legislation would phase out unnecessary single-use plastic products, hold corporations accountable for wasteful products, reduce wasteful packaging, and reform our broken waste and recycling collection system. Learn more about ASBC’s Sustainable Packaging Campaign and learn how to get involved!

Click to Tweet: Innovation to reduce plastic waste will be a key economic driver in the 21st Century. That’s why @ASBCouncil is supporting the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act led by @RepLowenthal and @SenTomUdall #BreakFreeFromPlastic:


Children are Important to Business Too

ASBC attended House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearings titled “A Threat to America’s Children” to show that weakening safety nets, especially for children, hurts businesses and the economy. The hearings were broken into four parts; poverty, housing, hunger, and healthcare. ASBC attended these hearings to voice its concern for changes proposed by the current administration that would weaken the safety net, especially for children. 

Click To Tweet: Impacts of hunger, homelessness, and poor healthcare last a lifetime, and put children, our economy, our future at risk. Support #HIghRoadEconomy:


ASBC Opposes Trump's
Replacement Water Rule

In a conclusion to the process started over a year ago, Trump’s EPA has finalized the replacement of the Clean Water Rule. The changes implemented under the new Navigable Waters Protection Rule leave clean water protections in the country the weakest they have been in 50 years. To fight back, ASBC is supporting legislative responses such as the Clean Water Resolution introduced by Representatives Pappas and Dingell. Stay up-to-date with opportunities for action!

Click To Tweet: Last month, the EPA finalized the new WOTUS rule, leaving the Clean Water Act weaker than it has ever been. This is a bad move for business. @ASBCouncil is fighting back:

Safer Chemicals Policies to Get Boost From New Partnership

After years of working together, the American Sustainable Business Council and Clean Production Action have formed a new partnership: the ASBC-BizNGO Safer Chemicals Public Policy Work Group. The goal is to tackle an ambitious agenda of safer chemicals policies, building on the combined strengths of the two partner organizations. 

Founded in 2006, Clean Production Action’s BizNGO is a collaboration of forward-leading business people and the NGO community, with a mission to inform and influence federal and state chemicals legislation and regulation.

ASBC has made educating and engaging business leaders on state and federal chemical public policy a priority. Its “Companies for Safer Chemicals” initiatives have engaged some of the top business leaders to successfully support the passage of chemical policies across the country.

David Levine, ASBC Co-founder and President, and Mark Rossi, Clean Production Action Executive Director and Founder of BizNGO, will begin as co-chairs. Members of ASBC or BizNGO who want to support this new partnership should contact David Levine,, or Mark Rossi,

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Upcoming Events

SOAR International Women's Day Breakfast
New York, NY | March 5, 9 - 11 AM
ASBC and its strategic partner, the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY), invite you to celebrate the accomplishments of women and minority owned firms in the waste industry in conjunction with International Women's Day.

Sustainability in Packaging Conference 
Chicago, IL | March 11 - 13
Sustainability in Packaging US 2020: Making Sustainable Packaging A Commercial Reality will provide expert content and key insights from some of the top brand owners, CPG’s, retailers, packaging manufacturers, government  regulators, and NGOs who are making moves in the sustainable packaging space. Join ASBC staff and members!  

The Responsible Business Summit New York 2020
New York, NY | March 17 – 18 
The Responsible Business Summit New York 2020 will convene 750+ leaders from across the globe to share their latest strategies, and more importantly, tangible insights into how they are helping deliver the required transformation of businessto achieve a sustainable economy. ASBC CEO & Board Chair Jeffrey Hollender will moderate the session "Case study: Restoration of the Natural Capital." 

NEMOA 2020 Spring Summit
Boston, MA | March 18-20
Jeffrey Hollender will be a keynote speaker at the NEMOA Spring Summit in Boston this March. The summit promises to help harness the power of print and digital marketing, offering real-world case studies and actionable takeaways. The Summit presents the industry’s top experts speaking about marketing, creative, data, ecommerce and more. 

Jeffrey will be joined by John McDonnell, the CMO of Tito’s Handcrafted Vodka along with Jackie Ardrey, President of Grandin Road, Dan Hetzer, Creative Director of Lands End and many others. 

Companies for Zero Waste
Newark, NJ | March 24 - 26
Connect and explore emerging trends to move towards zero waste goals, pressing challenges and promising opportunities shaping business amid a world of climate change, resource constraints and unprecedented stakeholder pressures. ASBC President David Levine and ASBC Executive VP Thomas Oppel are keynote speakers. 

Local Economies for the 21st Century
Madison, WI | April 22 – 24
This 2.5-day AMIBA National conference will provide an interactive format for idea-sharing, skill-sharpening, and movement building. AMIBA is harnessing its decades of expertise, and gathering movement leaders in one place, as it embarks in a fresh direction to strengthen its collective impact and individual communities. David Levine is a keynote speaker.    

EarthX Conference 2020 
Dallas, TX | April 23 – 26
EarthX Conference is a series of conferences that convene for the purpose of cultivating relationships and forming partnerships between mission-driven advocates, investors, accelerators, researchers and other concerned world citizens. The conference goals are to educate, promote and instigate activities that sustain environmental initiatives with a substantial, positive impact on all living things and on our planet. 


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