American Sustainable Business Council* Network (ASBN) MAKING AN IMPACT: December 2021 Update

Upcoming Events

Join us January 12, at 3PM EST, as we host a webinar with Engine No. 1. This webinar titled, “Revolutionizing ESG from the Board Down” will cover important topics on how to incorporate ESG in the work force from all different angles. Register here

On January 13th, ASBN’s Regenerative Agriculture and Justice Working Group will be putting on part 2 of its special speaker series on the farm bill and other policy opportunities for 2022. Featured speakers will be from the Intertribal Agriculture Council, the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, the National Family Farm Coalition, and Earthjustice. Mark your calendars.  

ASBN’s First In-person Conference     

This month ASBN held its first conference since the merger of ASBC and SVC. What made this conference particularly special is the renewed sense of community achieved by more than 250 attendees and that it was in-person. With many precautions in place to protect our participants from Covid, we were able to safely create the best experience for all of our community-minded participants and speakers as well as our staff. Isaac Graves, COO of ASBN said, “The moment we realized we could safely produce an in-person conference we organized what our members and stakeholders ask for most – actionable way to restore, regenerate, and re-imagine themselves, their business and the systems that shape our economy.” 

The aim of this conference was to accelerate ASBN’s work towards creating an economy that works for all: one that is regenerative, equitable, and creates shared prosperity throughout businesses, investments, and activities. We would like to thank our amazing sponsors for helping us put together this conference. A huge thank you to Hanson Bridgett, Trillium Asset Management, Amalgamated Bank, Avocado Green Mattress, Ben & Jerry’s, GoodCarts, Green Mountain Power, ImpactMakers, King Arthur Baking Company, Patagonia, and Seventh Generation.

If you would like to become a member join here.  

New Board Leadership  

On the eve of the start of the December conference, two new board chairs were announced. “We are thrilled to welcome Seungah Jeong, CEO of MPOWERD andValerie Red-Horse Mohl, CEO and founder of Red-Horse Financial Group, as the new Co-Chairs, and we will deeply miss our retiring Board Chair, MaryAnne Howland. MaryAnne has been an inspiration to all of us at ASBN. Her deeply dedicated pursuit of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion has helped all of us to be better human beings. MaryAnne has been a tireless educator, leader, and unique contributor to us individually, and for our organization. Fortunately, she has recently been reelected to the new ASBN Board, so she will be staying close to all of us in her new role,” said Jeffrey Hollender, ASBN CEO and David Levine, ASBN President. 

Small, Disadvantaged Businesses to Get a Better Chance in This Economy  

The White House announced an executive order on December 2, stating that the federal government will increase its spending with underserved businesses to help more Americans realize their entrepreneurial dreams and reduce persistent wealth disparities. There is also a set of reforms to the federal procurement process that will help with the target of increasing the share of federal contracts to small, disadvantaged businesses (SDBs). These include, releasing disaggregated data of federal contracting spend by race/ethnicity of business owner, a powerful transparency and management tool, implementing major changes to the federal government’s use of “category management” to boost contracting opportunities for underserved small businesses, increasing the number of new entrants to the Federal marketplace and reversing declines in the small business supplier base, and adopting key management practices to drive accountability and institutionalize achievement of small business contracting goals.  

This executive order will help with the issue of wealth disparity and help American SDBS to reach their goals. These changes seek to reverse inequities head on and give small businesses a better chance by creating a more level playing field. Read more about it here.

We Are Ready to Cut Emissions and Have an ‘Electricity Sector’   

ASBN celebrated the White House executive order of December 8 to re-establish the federal government as a leader in sustainability and transform Federal procurement. This is intended to secure a transition to clean, zero-emission technologies which will lead to a carbon pollution-free electricity sector by 2035, and a net-zero emissions economy-wide by 2050.  

With this executive order directing purchases of the federal government there are five significant environmental wins: 100 percent carbon pollution-free electricity by 2030, 100 percent zero-emission vehicle acquisitions by 2035, net-zero emissions from federal procurement no later than 2050, net zero emissions building portfolio by 2045, net-zero emissions from federal operations by 2050.  President Biden also put forth principles and goals that are to be followed when creating operations efforts. These being, achieving climate resilient infrastructure and operations; building a climate and sustainability focused workforce; prioritizing the purchase of sustainable products; and accelerating progress through domestic and international partnerships. All of these are steps in the right direction by the world’s largest purchaser of goods and services to create a more sustainable work environment and to combat climate change at one of the sources. Read more about it here.  

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