Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility

State extends direct enrollment for business health care exchange plans into 2015

Exchange Cost Chart

When businesses enroll directly with insurers their employees have fewer coverage options due to the burden it creates for the plans’ administrators.

TruexCullins to host VBSR networking get-together

TruexCullins to host VBSR networking get-together in Stowe on March 26.

VBSR’s Business Action Challenge welcomes class of 2014

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) today announced that the Business Energy Action (BEA) challenge has added thirty new business members from a variety of sectors and locations throughout Vermont.

VBSR awards ‘Legislator of the Year’ to Rep. Carolyn Partridge

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) announced Wednesday that Representative Carolyn Partridge, a lawmaker from Windham, will receive the organization’s Legislator of the Year award for her work to pass legislation requiring the labeling of genetically engineered food.

VBSR Fall Conference details and registration announced

Registration is now open for Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility’s (VBSR) 21st Annual Fall Conference.

VBSR and Local First Vermont celebrate the local economy with the 2013/2014 Buy Local Book

Local First Vermont promotes the importance of supporting locally owned, independent Vermont businesses. The popular and annual Buy Local Book is once again available so people can learn more about Vermont locally owned businesses and all they have to offer.

Drive to require paid sick days kicks off

Lindsay DesLauriers,(in green) director of the Vermont Paid Sick days campaign, stands among supporters at a news conference at Red Hen Bakery in Middlesex on Thursday. Photo by Viola Gad/VTDigger

Lawmakers, advocates rally at Red Hen Bakery to launch an effort to reintroduce legislation that would require employers to offer 7 days of sick time for full-time employees. Some business groups say it’s too expensive.

Black River Produce uses high-tech cooling techniques to reduce costs, footprint

As part of the Business Energy Action challenge, Black River Produce has modernized its refrigeration with the help of Efficiency Vermont.

Backers, opponents of mandated paid sick leave bring arguments to Statehouse

Vermont Statehouse. VTD/Josh Larkin

Some business interests see added costs, unexpected consequences; advocates say it will prevent workers from ending up on welfare.

Mayer: Economic development disguised as health care reform

No longer do I simply think of opportunity and growth as I consider expanding my business; I must also think of the burden of the $3 to $7 an hour in addition to wages that I pay for health insurance for my employees.

Business blowback over proposed wind and energy bill

Jeffery Wolfe, who founded the large-scale solar company groSolar, told President Pro Tem John Campbell, D-Windsor, that if he continued to support S.30 he could expect some serious political backlash.

Broad coalition presses for universal sick leave legislation

Madeleine Kunin

Kunin argues that while businesses used to think of it as an “infringement on their prerogatives, it isn’t a polarizing debate when it’s seen as a family friendly policy.”

53 companies participate in VBSR’s Business Energy Action challenge

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) today announced that the Business Energy Action challenge is off to a successful start for 2013. With the support of two federal grants, VBSR launched the Business Energy Action challenge which focuses on reducing thermal and electrical consumption, primarily through energy efficiency.

House committee backs labeling law for genetically modified foods


A lobbyist who represents dairy groups said the bill has an “ice cream truck sized exemption” for 60 percent to 70 percent of foods. “We kind of feel like this is the largest, state-sponsored, consumer-deception bill we’ve ever seen.”

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