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ASBC-BizNGO Safer Chemicals Public Policy Working Group

This working group will focus  on public policy initiatives at the state and federal level. The ASBC-BizNGO Safer Chemicals Public Policy Work Group features in-depth analyses by policy experts, monitors federal and state chemical policy initiatives, and engages in and comments on initiatives where we have expertise. The frame for our engagements is the four Principles for Safer Chemicals: 1) know and disclose; 2) assess and avoid hazards; 3) commit to continuous improvement; and 4) support public policy initiatives and standards that advance the first three principles. We approach policy initiatives in a non-partisan, balanced, objective, and technical manner.

Participants in the Public Policy Work Group are businesses and NGOs interested in policy engagements. Note we invite government representatives to present on calls, but given that we comment on government policies, government representatives are not part of the Public Policy Work Group listserv.

Chemical Policies being discussed:

  • Transparency initiatives: a) engaging in details important to transparency policies; b) tracking and engaging in initiatives as appropriate; and c) state initiatives, including: fragrances, flavorings, beauty & personal care ingredients and the Accurate Labels Act
  • PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) Policy initiatives
  • California, including implementation of Safer Consumer Product Regulation implementation
  • Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) / Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act implementation
  • US EPA Safer Choice Program
  • Federal: Cosmetics Bills
  • Childhood Cancer Prevention Initiative
  • Plastics & Sustainable Packaging
Media Release

ASBC CALLS FOR CONGRESSIONAL PASSAGE OF POLICE REFORM BILLS FOLLOWING MURDER OF DAUNTE WRIGHT

Washington, D.C. — The April 11 killing of 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Brooklyn City, Minnesota shows once again our current policing systems are rooted in systemic racism. The murders of Black and Brown Americans including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others are intolerable. As leaders in the business community, ASBC recognizes its role in contributing to policy reform at the state and federal levels. Dismantling systemic racism is crucial to protecting Black and Brown communities from police violence.

Leadership Business Member

Avocado Green Mattress

Avocado is redefining what it means to be a sustainable, ethical brand. As a Certified B-Corp, their vision is as urgent as it is aspirational — a world united by sustainability and social responsibility. They practice radical transparency and a “farm-to-bedroom” approach; they co-own a latex farm, factory, and wool collective in India — from where they source and process raw materials.

ASBC in the News David Levine, American Sustainable Business CouncilDr. Andrew Smith, Rodale Institute

Agriculture runoff is a major problem. The Rodale Institute & American Sustainable Business Council shares one simple way to protect our water.

An article in Green Philly, by ASBC President & Co-founder David Levine and Dr. Andrew Smith of the Rodale Institute, calls for policymakers to expand support for soil health and organic practices in the Delaware Watershed which will be a win-win-win for the farmers, communities, and businesses. 

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American Sustainable Business Council Applauds President Biden’s American Jobs Plan

Washington, DC – President Joe Biden officially announced today his American Jobs Plan, a massive $2 trillion investment strategy to jumpstart the economy by upgrading our decaying infrastructure while tackling vital aspects of the climate crisis. Through this plan the administration seeks a much needed and overdue transition towards a more equitable and sustainable economic model, while unifying the country to face the challenges ahead.

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American Sustainable Business Council Applauds President Biden’s American Jobs Plan

Washington, DC – President Joe Biden officially announced today his American Jobs Plan, a massive $2 trillion investment strategy to jumpstart the economy by upgrading our decaying infrastructure while tackling vital aspects of the climate crisis. Through this plan the administration seeks a much needed and overdue transition towards a more equitable and sustainable economic model, while unifying the country to face the challenges ahead.

Event

2021 ASBC – SVC Spring Conference
Building a Just & Sustainable Future

This virtual conference, building on the success of the premier virtual event in 2020, exists to facilitate meaningful peer-to-peer conversations and action around shared interests for the 1,000+ members of ASBC-SVC: businesses, entrepreneurs, impact investors, policy makers, and capacity-builders working to create an economy that works for all.

AGENDA & SPEAKERS

Conference programming is under development and the sessions below are subject to change.The conference will feature a blend of main stage, small group breakout, and peer-to-peer networking sessions.

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ASBC Endorses the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act as Vital for Stimulating the Economy and Protecting Businesses

Washington, D.C. – The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) released the following statement endorsing the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2021, which was introduced in Congress on Tuesday, March 16 by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The proposed legislation would help close the investment gap in U.S. water infrastructure by significantly increasing annual authorized funding for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund program. The legislation also increases funding for several other important federal water quality programs.

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American Sustainable Business Council Applauds Appointment of the first Native American Cabinet Member in U.S. History

 Washington, D.C. — The American Sustainable Business Council applauds Secretary Deb Haaland as the first Native American Cabinet member in U.S. history, leading the Interior Department. We are dedicated to co-creating an equitable, sustainable and thriving stakeholder economy for all. Our coalition-focused approach to solving the pervasive and systemic issues of climate and energy, infrastructure, circular economy, and co-creating a high-road economy, are all seen through the collaborative lens of racial equity and justice.

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ASBC, BUSINESS LEADERS, AND INVESTORS APPLAUD ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ON ESG INVESTING

WASHINGTON, DC — American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) applauds the announcement that the US Department of Labor will not be enforcing an ERISA-regulated fund final rule which restrained fund managers from considering environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors when considering investments. This is a meaningful first step in eventually rolling back the fund rule, which prevents the use of ESG criteria as a method of material investor consideration.

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American Sustainable Business Council Appoints Michael Neuwirth Chief Communications Officer

Washington, DC — Today, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) announced the appointment of Michael Neuwirth as its first-ever Chief Communications Officer. Reporting to ASBC CEO and Co-Founder Jeffrey Hollender, Neuwirth brings more than 25 years of growth-focused business communications to ASBC, the leading business advocate for governance reform and stakeholder capitalism.

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ASBC Congratulates Secretary Vilsack on His Confirmation to Lead the United States Department of Agriculture.

Washington, D.C. — Today the American Sustainable Business Council congratulated Secretary Vilsack on his confirmation to lead the United States Department of Agriculture. ASBC’s Regenerative Agriculture and Justice Working Group brings together business leaders from industries throughout the agricultural value chain, advocacy organizations, and groups representing farmers, workers, and frontline communities to advance policy.

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Preserve the Safer Choice Program

The Safer Choice program—formerly known as Design for the Environment—is the voluntary labeling program that epitomizes effective collaboration between the government and the private sector. It sends a signal to consumers that products certified under the program meet a higher, safer standard. Upending this safety approach would lead the program into analytical paralysis, creating time delays and cost inefficiencies. This does not make smart business sense. Please help preserve this safer chemicals program.

ASBC in the News

Leading Green Economy Advocate Juan Verde Recognized As A Top Latino In The Global Fight Against Climate Change

ASBC Board member, Juan Verde, was named one of the 100 Latinos Most Committed to Climate Action for the second consecutive year by Sachamama. This renowned environmental nonprofit (NPO) is celebrated for its work on the climate crisis, and it helps drive a clean energy economy, sustainable attitudes, behaviors and lifestyles.

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ASBC Welcomes President Joe Biden’s Bold Action at the Start of His Presidency

The Biden-Harris White House has announced sweeping executive and agency action today, on the day of his inauguration; the start of fulfilling campaign commitments and signaling a transformative and inclusive government.  Many of these sweeping policy actions are decisions and policies for which American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) has long been fighting. We celebrate with countless businesses, partner organizations and coalitions that helped to achi