Summit Main Sessions Unveil How to
Make Capitalism Work for All

What will it take to reverse America’s falling standard of living? Curtail climate change? Update our decrepit infrastructure? Culling the best ideas from a wide range of thought leaders, Summit plenary sessions offer focused, rich discussions on crucial issues. 

Following a welcome by Jeffrey Hollender, ASBC’s co-founder, board chair and CEO, we get right to Our Economic Future – Can Capitalism Be Saved? Panelists discuss the root causes of today’s inequitable, destructive shareholder economy and the systemic reforms that can rebuild America’s once-broad prosperity and restore the free market’s promise of real business competition. 

Next, we’ll lay out steps in Moving from a Shareholder to a Stakeholder Economy: Building A Progressive Business Agenda For 2020. We’ll hear from thought leaders on how we can tackle the stratifying, economically limiting aspects of our current, next-quarter’s-profits-centric approach and incentivize triple-bottom-line values for sustainable success. 

In Making Capitalism Work in States, Cities & Rural Communities, we’ll learn how, despite D.C., state and local governments are pursuing visionary public investments in jobs training, higher wages, Main Street projects, green infrastructure and more. We’ll also see how the SBA and capital markets can support business that yields positive social impact, and how rural America can thrive in the midst of urbanization and globalization. 

Because we’re deadly serious about creating a livable future, Dec. 10’s sessions round out with Capitalism and Activism: Thoughts from Gen Z and Millennial Leaders. Upcoming generations have the most to win or lose in our capitalist system, and we’ll hear how these purpose-driven, media-savvy leaders are already changing how we view climate change, economic justice, diversity and inclusion, and more. On hearing them, you’ll be glad we’re going to Capitol Hill on Dec. 11 to advocate for their future! 


These are just some of the valuable learning and networking events you’ll experience at the Summit. We’ve retooled registration fees to encourage the widest possible attendance, so bring your team and join us Dec. 10-11 at this formidable business meeting, and let’s start making capitalism work for all. There’s no time to lose! 

Click to Tweet: The escalating climate crisis, baked-in economic injustice, and other threats to life and democracy can be stopped if business helps make capitalism work for all. Register now:


Campaign Update: Climate Strikes Win Major Media Coverage
Our campaign to support the youth-led climate strikes was a great success. In total, over 200 businesses and business organizations signed on to show their support. Business journalists were certainly interested: Fast Company, CBS Moneywatch, CBNC, and CNN Business all covered it. We even made it into the Today Show’s online edition 

Special thanks to Seventh Generation’s Kate Ogden and Lush Cosmetic s’s Carleen Pickard,  who helped coordinate the working group that assisted in mobilizing business support. 

We’ll keep building this campaign to mobilize companies and press lawmakers for serious action on the climate crisis. Government does listen to business, so be sure yours signs on.

Click to Tweet: The #ClimateStrike in Sept. was just the start. Responsible business leaders are stepping up to press for serious action on the #ClimateCrisis. Be ready as the campaign builds-- sign your business on today:


Help Save the Clean Water Act before Oct. 27
Clean water is critical for public health and vital to the operations of many American companies, but the EPA has proposed changes to the Clean Water Act that would make it harder for States and Tribes to block oil pipelines and other infrastructure projects that pose threats to their waterways. Your business voice is needed! Send a comment to the EPA before October 27 to tell them you support clean water and oppose this change:

Click to Tweet: Clean water is a life-and-death issue to all people and many good businesses. Before Oct. 27, send your comment to tell the Administration’s EPA not to weaken the Clean Water Act:


Support the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act
In case you missed it, Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) introduced her Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act – H.R. 4296 last month. This is the only federal bill that would protect people and help level the playing field for responsible, clean cosmetic companies by requiring supply chain transparency and industry sharing of safety data. Check out a breakdown of the bill and sign on to support this legislation!

Click to Tweet: Responsible businesses know that full ingredient disclosure builds trust among consumers, employees, communities and investors. Join these businesses and demand #SafeCosmetics by supporting Rep. Jan Schakowsky’s Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2019!


Is Climate Your Top Concern? Join the Climate Working Group

Climate has always been a top ASBC priority, and now we’re ramping up our efforts. We’re rebooting the Climate Working Group to help direct and inform our climate-related policy initiatives in collaboration with Climate XChange. The Climate Working Group, open to ASBC members, involves regular conference calls to strategize moving the needle on the climate crisis.  

For more information, please reach out to the chairman of the group, Michael Green of Climate XChange, or ASBC Executive Vice President Thomas Oppel, 

Media Coverage, Blogs, and More New Listing

ASBC Member & Staff News

The LEGO Group has announced the exciting launch of Replay, a U.S. pilot program where previously-used LEGO bricks can be donated to Teach for America and the Boys & Girls Club of Boston. The project is a collaboration with Give Back Box, an organization dedicated to “recycling” consumer products to those in need. 

The Replay process is simple: collect any loose LEGO bricks, sets or elements, place them into a cardboard box, and visit to print out a free UPS shipping label. The package will be sent to the Give Back Box facility, where each brick will be sorted, inspected and given a rigorous cleaning. 

 LEGO bricks are durably designed to be used for generations, and Replay is the answer to a question LEGO fans have asked us for a long time: “What to do with bricks no longer in use?” As LEGO VP of Environmental Responsibility Tim Brooks said, “most people hand them down to their children or grandchildren. But others have asked for a safe way to dispose of or donate their bricks. Replay is an easy option that's both sustainable and socially impactful.” 

 While this program is a pilot for now, early results in 2020 will allow us to explore expansion opportunities. Replay is an important part of the LEGO Planet Promise and integral to our mission to help children around the world have access to quality learning through play. LEGO Replay joins several recent sustainable and philanthropic efforts, including Plants from Plants, LEGO Braille Bricks and LEGO Audio & Braille Instructions.

ASBC participated at Ethical Corp’s (a Reuters Company) Responsible Business Summit West in San Diego on October 9th and 10th. Ali-Reza Vahabzadeh, Vice President, Membership & Chief of Staff moderated a panel discussion on “Transitioning from a Linear to a Circular Economy” with Maureen Kline (VP, Public Affairs & Sustainability, Pirelli Tire North America) and James George (Business Engagement, Ellen MacArthur Foundation).

ASBC participated at Brooklyn College’s Koppelman School of Business “Business Matter”s event on October 16th.  Ali-Reza Vahabzadeh, Vice President, Membership & Chief of Staff led a discussion on “Transitioning from a Linear to a Circular Economy.”

Upcoming Events

A History of Capitalism: The Role of Business in Shaping the American Economy 
Webinar | October 17, 1 p.m. ET
This timely discussion with Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse, author and professor of American History at the University of North Carolina explores the origins of today’s debates about the extent of government involvement in capitalism. He explains how the interests of capital and the interests of the state, long allied priorities, were modified with the advent of social reform movements that urged a more equitable distribution of the growing economic bounty created by industrialization. 
3BL Forum: Brands Taking Stands – What’s Next

Washington, DC | October 29 – 30 
A ticket to 3BL Forum: Brands Taking Stands™-- What’s Next doesn’t just admit you to this year’s event. It puts you at the epicenter of transformational change going on throughout today’s business world.  

3BL Forum aims to create a better understanding of corporate thinking and spark new ideas by seeking answers to some of the simplest, yet most impactful questions, such as “why,” “how,” “what’s next” and “where are we headed.”

Regenerative Earth Summit
Boulder, CO | October 29 – 30

Join At The Epicenter for the third annual Regenerative Earth Summit (RES19) that convenes global leaders from business, agriculture, academia and civic sectors who recognize we can accelerate systemic change in land to market systems to benefit people and planet. Recognizing earth as the source, not a resource, it is crucial that businesses become stakeholders in climate action through their purchasing power and supply source decisions. 

SVC 2019: Welcome to the NEXT Economy Conference
Berkeley, CA / November 13-15

November 13-15, Social Venture Circle will hold their annual conference at the Claremont Hotel in  Berkeley, CA. SVC’s conference experience creates an environment where the real challenges, insights, and best practices of leading mission-driven businesses and engaging in impact investing can be discussed and put into action. SVC conferences facilitate peer-to-peer relationship building, and creates a community where attendees can enhance their leadership, improve their businesses, build their portfolios, and expand their impact. Join speakers like Anand Giridharadas, Nathalie Molina Niño, Ben Cohen, Valarie Kaur, and Jeffrey Hollender in building the NEXT Economy! Registration, speaker list and information here:

2019 Mindful Leadership Summit
Washington, DC | November 14 – 17 
Over the last 6 years, this annual event has brought together 3,540 leaders from over 34 countries. The Mindful Leadership Summit features keynote talks, panel discussions, interactive workshops, practices, mindful movement, and plenty of opportunities to share and connect.  

You will learn from the experts about how to be a better leader, transform your workplace, improve your team’s health & performance, and create a thriving people-centric organization.

Register Now:Sustainable Business & Advocacy Summit: “Making Capitalism Work for All”
Washington, DC | December 10 – 11

Join ASBC members and other mission-based businesses from around the country for two intensive, inspiring days of learning, networking and advocacy. Hear from over a dozen provocative, high-profile speakers from across the political spectrum, share best practices in panels and roundtables, applaud our Sustainability Award winners and carry ASBC’s sustainable business views on policy to Capitol Hill, as we meet with members of Congress from both parties. 

Welcome New Members 

Blue Planet Energy Systems (Silver Member) 
Blue Planet Energy offers high-performance energy storage system products that are safe and powerful, and also provide the lowest lifetime cost of ownership. Its Blue Ion battery systems are design for fast, efficient installation and are available through the firm’s certified dealer network. 

Commons Engine (Bronze Member)
Commons Engine offers learning it has gathered, while nurturing the commons-based-crypo-launch of Holo, to more people and projects working on commoning. Commons Engine’s small core team and co-creators are specifically suited to the projects they nurture.     

DiBianca Associates (Bronze Member)
DiBianca Associates is a global executive coaching and advisory firm partnering with CEOs, senior executives and boards of directors to build breakthrough competencies. It also works with strategic partners on complex projects like transforming a company or re-inventing an industry.

Know Yourself (Bronze Member)
Know Yourself is a public benefit corporation that combines vetted scientific material with art and storytelling in captivating workbooks, comics, and activity kits to help children make healthy choices and achieve happiness.The series has earned a Parents’ Choice Award, Tillywig Brain Child Award, Nautilus Award and National Parents Products Award.

Serendipitea  (Bronze Member)
Serendipitea offers high-quality loose leaf tea, including fine certified organics, and is environmentally responsible, utilizing organic farm and all-natural products. The firm also uses Earth-friendly packaging and employs people for its handcrafted, not machine-milled, product. 


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