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Business Leaders Call for Sustainable Criteria to Infrastructure Plans

Washington, DC – Today, the leading policy advocacy group for responsible businesses released a statement about the infrastructure talks between the Trump Administration and congressional leaders. The following may be attributed to Jeffery Hollender, CEO, American Sustainable Business Council: 

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JEFFREY HOLLENDER, Co-Founder, Former CEO of Seventh Generation, Joins ASBC as CEO

DATELINE – APRIL 1, 2019 – Today, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), a network of companies and business associations committed to the triple bottom line of People, Planet, and Profit, announced that Jeffrey Hollender, ASBC’s Co-founder and Board Chair, is stepping in as CEO, effective immediately. As CEO, he will support the organization’s next steps in successfully building toward a sustainable economy.

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Business Leaders to Senators: Please Support the Green New Deal Offers Historic Business Opportunities

Washington, DC – Today, the leading policy advocacy group for responsible businesses sent a letter to senators, urging them to support the Green New Deal as an historic business opportunity. The letter was endorsed by more than 250 businesses and business organizations, with more signing every day. The letter said in part:

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Business Leaders Criticize Administration’s Proposed Water Rule

WASHINGTON, DC — In response to the Trump Administration’s announced proposal to replace the Waters of the U.S. rule, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which with its member organizations represents more than 250,000 businesses, released the following statement. It may be attributed to CEO Hammad Atassi.

“American business relies on clean water. If you end protections for streams and wetlands, you put the businesses that depend on water at risk. And yet, the Trump Administration’s proposal to replace the Waters of the U.S. rule would do exactly that.

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Business Leaders Praise FAMILY Act as Delivering High Value at Low Cost

Washington, DC – Today, the leading policy advocacy group for responsible businesses released a statement praising the paid family leave plan introduced by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Rosa DeLauro. The following statement may be attributed to Hammad Atassi, CEO of the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC):

“Paid leave should be the law of the land. The United States is not only lagging behind all other developed nations in promoting the welfare of its employees and their families, we are actively harming the economy by not doing so.

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Business Praise for Green New Deal

Washington, DC – Today, the leading policy advocacy group for responsible businesses released a statement in support of the Resolutions for the Green New Deal introduced by Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY 14). The following may be attributed to David Levine, President, American Sustainable Business Council:

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Business Leaders Criticize Trump’s Paid Leave Plan as Too Limited and Not Funded Responsibly

Washington, DC – Today, the leading policy advocacy group for responsible businesses released a statement criticizing the paid family leave plan President Trump mentioned in his State of the Union speech, saying that the plan would provide limited benefits and reduce Social Security for participants. The following statement may be attributed to Hammad Atassi, CEO of the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC): 

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Hawai‘i Could Recover $38M Lost to Corporate Tax Loopholes

An article in Big Island Now quoted John O’Neill, ASBC senior tax analyst, in foavor of businesses paying their fair share of taxes. Said O’Neill, “Too many companies have abandoned their moral obligation to pay the full amount they owe for the public services and

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Business Praise for DC Clean Energy Bill

Washington, DC – Today, the Washington, DC City Council passed the DC Clean Energy Omnibus Act of 2018. In response, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) released a statement praising the move. The statement may be attributed to CEO Hammad Atassi.

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Business Leaders Criticize Admin’s Proposed Clean Water Rule

WASHINGTON, DC — In response to the Trump Administration’s announced proposal to replace the Clean Water Rule, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which with its member organizations represents more than 250,000 businesses, released the following statement. It may be attributed to CEO Hammad Atassi.

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ASBC Board Member to Testify at Economic Democracy Event at NYC City Hall

NEW YORK – A board member of the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which has a member network representing over 250,000 businesses, will testify at a historic joint hearing this evening at City Hall. The joint city and state hearing will showcase how the city can develop an equitable economy that works for New Yorkers of color.

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Business Leaders Oppose Wheeler for EPA Head

Washington, DC – In response to the announcement late last week that President Trump will nominate Andrew Wheeler to head the EPA, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) released the following statement. It may be attributed to CEO Hammad Atassi.

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Business Leaders Encouraged by Election Results

Washington, DC – Responding to the election results, which shifted the balance of power in the U.S. House of Representatives and several states, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) released the following statement. It may be attributed to CEO Hammad Atassi.

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US NGOs: ‘Science transparency’ policy contravenes TSCA

A news article in ChemicalWatch, about the EPA’s proposed policy on what type of science can be used in its decisions about chemical safety, quotes ASBC saying, “The more research the EPA considers, the more informed and appropriate their response can be to findings about harmful effects of chemicals.” (Pay wall)

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ASBC statements in support of the Main Street Employee Ownership Act

Washington, DC – The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and member businesses released statements supporting the Main Street Employee Ownership Act, which is scheduled to be signed into law today. The bill, introduced by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Nydia Velazquez earlier this year and included in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, will support the creation of more worker-owned companies and direct the Small Business Administration to provide more funding and resources to this type of business.

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Small Businesses Find Tight Job Market Makes It Hard to Hire

ASBC member Richard Graves, Co-founder of CleanChoice Energy, is quoted in this Associated Press story about hiring challenges. According to the article, “…its mission — to provide homes with renewable energy — helps attract employees.”

ASBC in the News Christopher Rugaber

US Businesses Cast Wider Net as Jobless Rate Hits 3.9 pct.

ASBC member Brian England, President of BA Auto in Columbia, MD, is quoted in this Associated Press story about the weekly jobs report. He said he has, “has raised starting pay roughly 10 percent in the past two years. The more you make an employee healthy and happy, the more that they’re going to stay with you.”

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Businesses Join Effort to Defend the Clean Water Rule in Court

FARGO, ND – Businesses from 30 states urged a federal court in North Dakota to uphold the Clean Water Rule, in an amicus brief filed by Environment America Research & Policy Center and the National Environmental Law Center.  From outfitters to brewers to farmers, many of these businesses depend on clean water for their livelihoods. In addition, 62 local officials also signed onto a separate amicus brief also filed by the groups.

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Businesses Criticize Sen Rubio Paid Leave Bill as Too Limited and Not Funded Responsibly

Washington, DC – Today, the leading policy advocacy group for responsible businesses released a statement criticizing the Economic Security for Parents Act that will be introduced by Senator Marco Rubio, saying that it would provide limited benefits and reduce Social Security for participants. The following statement may be attributed to Christine Blackburn, Policy Director of the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC):

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Businesses Applaud Representative Coffman’s Actions to Preserve Net Neutrality

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R– CO) introduced the 21stCentury Internet Act, which would restore the main principles of net neutrality. Additionally, Rep. Coffman has signed the House of Representatives’ Net Neutrality Congressional Review Act (CRA) discharge petition, making him the first Republican to do so. In response, the American Sustainable Business Council released the following statement, which may be attributed to John B. Minor, Policy Manager:

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Business Leaders Applaud Denial of Permit for Seneca Lake Gas Storage

ALBANY, NY – In response to the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s denial of a draft permit for a proposed storage of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in the salt caverns along Seneca Lake, the New York Sustainable Business Council released a statement applauding the action. The following may be attributed Bob Rossi, Executive Director:

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Businesses Support Strong EPA, Welcome Resignation of Pruitt

Washington, DC — Reacting to today’s announcement that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned, ASBC released a statement expressing support for a strong EPA. The following may be attributed to Policy Director Christine Blackburn:

“We support a strong EPA because protecting human health and the environment is a critical foundation for dynamic business and a vigorous economy. Our member companies prove every day that caring for people and the planet can be very profitable.

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Businesses Speak Out Against the Court Decision Upholding Travel Ban

Washington, DC — Reacting to today’s announcement by the U.S. Supreme Court that it is upholding the Trump Administration’s travel and immigration restrictions for countries that have mostly Muslim populations, ASBC released a statement expressing disappointment. ASBC also called on Congress to reverse the ban through legislation. The following may be attributed to CEO Hammad Atassi:

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Consumer Group Floats Litigation over NY Ingredient Policy

An article in ChemicalWatch quoted ASBC President and Co-founder David Levine in support of New York’s cleaning product disclosure policy. The New York requirements, “…will help not only deliver what consumers want but will, in turn, grow a strong and healthy New York economy”.

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LA County to Use Job Pool to Help Residents

An article in mynewsLA.com cites ASBC’s highroad report and definition. “High-road” companies “view the workplace as a means to create significant business and social impact (and) reject low-road business models that exploit employees and disregard the environment as the basis for success.”

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Businesses Praise CA Senate Passage of Net Neutrality Bill

Sacramento, CA – In support of the California Senate yesterday passing a net neutrality bill drafted by Senator Scott Wiener, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) released the following statement. It may attributed to President and Co-founder David Levine:

“ASBC and its members are pleased that the California Senate has passed SB 822 to implement net neutrality protections in California. While we prefer a federal solution, we urge the California Assembly to follow suit and pass the bill. Sign on to support our effort at canetneutrality.com.”

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Statement Against FCC Net Neutrality Decision

Washington, DC – In advance of tomorrow’s expected publication in the Federal Register of the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net neutrality protections, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) released the following statement, which may be attributed to David Levine, President and Co-founder:

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Multi-state Alliance to Charge for Carbon Pollution

The SentinelSource.com quoted ASBC’s Chris Blackburn, director of policy, in support of the formation of the Carbon Costs Coalition. Said Blackburn, “Business leaders understand that climate change is a growing risk to their bottom lines. That’s why many support a carbon price as the most efficient and effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

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A Carbon Tax for New York
Source Author: Amy Hall

Amy Hall, director of social consciousness at Eileen Fisher, wrote an op-ed in Crain’s New York in support of a state-mandated price on carbon for New York to further its reputation as a national leader on climate change and as a state that is profitable for businesses.

Source Publication Date: January 24, 2018

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Reducing Legal Immigration Means Hiring Challenges

Marketplace interviewed Michael Bronner, president of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps (an ASBC member), about proposals to cut legal immigration by up to half. For companies that employ many immigrants, that could mean it will be harder for them to find workers to fill jobs.

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Working Together to Reduce Harmful Environmental Exposures

An article in Environmental Health Perspectives quoted ASBC’s President and CEO David Levine in support of ingredient disclosure. Said Levine, “Every company we talk to tells us that they can assess what is in their competitor’s product, so why are they fighting the bills to ensure ingredient disclosure at the federal and state level?”

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How the FCC’s Net Neutrality Vote Impacts Business

ASBC’s Ryan Rabac, manager of digital marketing, speaks with Hope King and Baker Machado on Cheddar TV to discuss the impact of the FCC’s net neutrality decision on businesses, what to expect as a business owner, and steps forward.

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ASBC Statement on the GOP Tax Plan

Washington, DC – In anticipation of passage of the GOP Tax Plan in the House and Senate, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) released the following statement, which may be attributed to David Levine, President, CEO and Co-founder:

“This bill fails as corporate tax reform because it cuts the wrong taxes at the wrong time. Cutting corporate and pass-through taxes now, during this strong business cycle, will not achieve the growth Republicans say it will.

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Statement Applauding Withdrawal of Dourson Nomination for EPA

Washington, DC – In response to the U.S. Senate’s Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee decision to withdraw the nomination of Michael Dourson to lead the toxics program at the EPA, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) released the following statement, which may be attributed to David Levine, president, CEO and co-founder:

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Statement Against FCC Net Neutrality Decision

Washington, DC – In response to the Federal Communications Commission’s planned vote to dismantle net neutrality protections today, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) released the following statement, which may be attributed to David Levine, president, CEO and co-founder:

ASBC in the News Steven Weisman

Slower Internet and Higher Costs Are In Our Future

An article in Newsweek quoted David Levine, ASBC’s CEO and president, supporting net neutrality. Said Levine, “Net neutrality fuels business competition. Without net neutrality, we lose the free market aspects of the Internet.”

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Net Neutrality Fight Isn’t over Yet

An article in the Boston Globe quoted Rachel Solem, president of Irving House (an ASBC member), and other signers of ASBC’s letter urging the FCC to keep current Net neutrality rules in place.

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Don’t Roll Back Progress on Toxic Chemicals
Source Author: Barry Cik

Barry A. Cik, co-founder and technical director of Naturepedic (an ASBC member), wrote an op-ed in Cleveland.com against the the Regulatory Accountability Act(RAA). Cik urges Congress to reject the RAA and keep businesses competitive to keep all kids and grandkids safe.

Source Publication Date: December 6, 2017

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ASBC in the News Cheryl Bolen

Backlash to SBA Regulatory Research Contract Is Growing

An article in Bloomberg BNA quoted ASBC’s CEO and President David Levine urging the SBA to cancel the contract to conduct a study on the disproportionate cost impact of regulations on small businesses. The contract was awarded to two researchers whose previous work has been widely criticized. Said Levine, “The SBA should start over and do a better job of reaching out to qualified entities.”

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Trump Denounced for Cynical Sabotage of Nation’s Health System

Common Dreams quoted ASBC CEO David Levine opposing the latest executive order that will weaken Affordable Care Act.  Said Levine, “This executive order will put sand in the gears of the ACA markets, leading to increased destabilization. American businesses—both large and small—need more stabilization of the ACA markets, not less.”

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Republicans Unveil Nearly $6 Trillion Tax Cut

The Boston Herald quoted John O’Neill, ASBC’s senior tax analyst, saying that tax reform isn’t as useful to the economy as investing in infrastructure and education. This AP piece also ran in at least 160 outlets in the US.

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Step Up, Speak Out, Impact Policy

Conscious Company published the free PDF containing the best advice from the lobbying experts at ASBC on how to make your voice heard, plus insights about working with the media from the team here at Conscious Company.

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Why Medicare-for-All Is Good for Business

Senator Bernie Sanders wrote an op-ed in Fortune Magazine in support of single-payer healthcare that mentions ASBC’s leadership on this issue through Business Leaders Transforming Healthcare. 

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Wisconsin Should Take the High Road on Foxconn Plan

An article in Cap Times discusses the proposed Foxconn deal in Wisconsin. ASBC’s High Road Principles was cited as a guide for employers who want to operate responsibly and “take care of their own.” Providing a livable fair wage, family friendly benefits, work-life balance, education and training opportunities, and community engagement are all ways Foxconn can pledge to operate as a responsible, high-road employer.

ASBC in the News Joyce Rosenberg

Small Businesses in Clean Energy Sector Still Hope for Best

AP News cited ASBC’s position in support of the Paris Climate Accord. Leaving the Paris Climate Accord would hurt companies, giving them a chaotic and unsustainable future of business disruptions from rising seas and changing weather patterns.

ASBC in the News Larry Light

Why U.S. Businesses Said “Stay in the Paris Accord”

CBS News quoted David Levine, ASBC’s CEO and co-founder, opposing the U.S. pulling out of the Paris treaty. Said Levine, “The value of Paris to businesses is the clear market signal that the future is in lower carbon, rather than a chaotic and unsustainable future of business disruptions from rising seas and changing weather patterns.

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Trump’s Proposed Budget Shrinks EPA, DOE Funding

North American Windpower quoted ASBC’s CEO David Levine opposing Trump’s proposed budget. Said Levine, “The budget cuts will seriously impair America’s global competitiveness while China and the EU ramp up their commitments to a low-carbon future.”

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The GOP Just Got One Step Closer to Taking Away Your Overtime Pay

An article in In these Times cited ASBC press release urging Congress to oppose the Working Families Flexibility Act (HR 1180/ S.801) saying it is poorly designed, permits much potential abuse by employers, and places a major liability on business balance sheets.

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Making Eco-Friendly Products Can Also Be Profitable

NJTV News covered Earth Friendly Products’ (an ASBC member) 50th anniversary in conjunction with global Earth Day events as one of its earliest supporters.  ASBC CEO David Levine was at the celebration and explained the importance of ingredient disclosure to the American public. 

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Zero Waste Act Introduced by US Representative

An article in Waste Today magazine quoted Richard Eidlin, ASBC VP of Policy and Campaigns, in support of U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison”s (D-MN) Zero Waste Development and Expansion Act. Said Eidlin, “Growing local economies while cleaning up the environment makes great business sense. We’re happy to lend our support to Congressman Ellison’s ‘Zero Waste Development and Expansion Act’

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Greening Capitalism, Quietly

ASBC named as one of the major groups driving change in “Greening Capitalism Quietly”, a new report from Ethical Markets.

ASBC in the News Joel Makower

The State of Green Business

GreenBiz Editor in Chief Joel Makower interviewed Richard Eidlin, ASBC’s VP of Policy and Campaigns (30:48) and Adobe’s head of sustainability Vince Digneo (43:50) about their respective thoughts concerning the future of sustainable business during the next four years.

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Sustainable Business Stands Up to Trump

An article in Ethical Corporation highlighted ASBC’s sign-on letter for business leaders to register their protest against the immigration ban that “demeans our American principles and values”.

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Business Leadership on Climate Seen as Key

Yale Climate Connections quoted Richard Eidlin, ASBC VP of policy and campaigns, encouraging business leaders to engage in climate policies. “Businesses that are in [favor] of addressing climate change, and maintaining environmental safeguards need to really express their views and express the business case for doing so.”

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Trump Touts Pro-Worker Agenda

An article in In These Times quoted ASBC CEO David Levine in support of regulations. “Well-constructed regulations actually help business. Businesses depend on good regulations that promote prosperity and ensure a level playing field.”

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Wages Are Increasing, But What’s Behind It?

An article in NPR quoted ASBC CEO David Levine in support of increased wages.  Said Levine, “With that retention they’re also getting employees that are more committed to the business, therefore productivity goes up.”

ASBC in the News Bruce Rolfsen

Worker Safety a Sustainability Factor

ASBC Policy Director Bryan McGannon told Bloomberg BNA that safety and health practices should be a part of overall personnel practices. In addition to providing a safe workplace, sustainability includes such benefits as good pay and paid leave.

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Trump Picks Former Gov. Rick Perry

Solar Industry quoted ASBC CEO David Levine on Trump’s nomination of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry as head of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Said Levine, “His close ties to the oil industry in his home state will likely lead to department policy that tilts the playing field in favor of fossil fuels.”

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Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s Head to be Trump’s Labor Secretary

An article in U.S. News & World Report, discussing Trump’s Secretary of Labor nominee Andy Puzder, quoted ASBC CEO David Levine. Said Levine, “With Mr. Puzder’s nomination, Mr. Trump is choosing the wrong model for helping the working and middle classes – and businesses that depend on healthy consumer demand.”

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Trump’s Labor Secretary Pick Appalling

An article in The Hill quoted ASBC CEO David Levine on Trump’s nomination of Andy Puzder for Secretary of Labor.  Said Levine, “With Mr. Puzder’s nomination, Mr. Trump is choosing the wrong model for helping the working and middle classes — and businesses that depend on healthy consumer demand.”

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Environmentalists Outraged Over Trump’s EPA Pick

An article in Newsweek quoted the reactions from environmental organizations and prominent environmentalists to Pruitt’s appointment.  Said ASBC CEO David Levine, “This nomination also demonstrates a critical disregard for the impacts

ASBC in the News Michael Shear, Julie Hirshfield Davis, Maggie Haberman and Nick Corsanti

Trump Unveils High-Powered Business Council

The New York Times quoted David Brodwin, ASBC co-founder and CFO, raising concerns about Trump’s transition team. Said Brodwin, “Trump is doubling down on crony capitalists who don’t understand that a healthy economy requires a healthy planet and consumers with money in their pockets.”

ASBC in the News Larry Light

High-powered CEO Council Draws Scrutiny

An article in CBS News quoted ASBC co-founder David Brodwin about Trump’s CEO advisory committee to furnish guidance about economic growth. Said Brodwin, “Many of the multinationals represented on his new forum continue to lobby for tax cuts and deregulation that

ASBC in the News Jan Lee

Driving Diversity in a Trump-Led Era

An article in TriplePundit quoted MaryAnne Howland, CEO and Founder of Ibis Communications (an ASBC member), in support of greater access to capital for minority- and women-owned businesses.

ASBC in the News Nadia Prupis

Judge Puts Overtime Pay for Millions in Limbo

An article in Common Dreams quoted David Levine, CEO and co-founder of the American Sustainable Business Council, mourned the halting of the overtime ruling, saying the opponents were “operating from short-sighted, out-moded thinking.”

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Sen. Inhofe Confident Trump Will Implement TSCA

David Levine, co-founder and CEO of ASBC, told ChemicalWatch if there were to be a dismantling of regulations, or an attempt made to limit the EPA’s effectiveness, that would have an impact on TSCA.

ASBC in the News Lauren Hepler

Small Business Backs New Climate Disaster Legislation

Richard Eidlin, VP of Policy and Campaigns for American Sustainable Business Council talks about why small businesses are supporting the  National Mitigation Investment Act bill currently in Congress. He also discusses why climate change is becoming a bipartisan issue in GreenBiz.

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Small Business Entrepreneurship is on the Decline

Frank Knapp, president and CEO of the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce and co-chairman of ASBC, wrote an op-ed in the Florence Morning News in support of new economic policies to strengthen small businesses.

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Green Chemistry Missing From Amended Toxics Law

An article in Bloomberg BNA quoted ASBC CEO David Levine in support of chemical reform. Said Levine, “Transparency is the key frame that needs to be addressed, and it’s only partially covered by what we see presently in the Lautenberg bill to reform TSCA.”

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Selling Shampoo, Eye Cream and a Chemical Crackdown

An article in the New York Times quoted Bryan McGannon, ASBC policy director, in support of reforming federal laws overseeing personal care product ingredients.  Said McGannon, “Consumers are demanding cleaner and safer products, but we still have this law from almost 100 years ago.”

ASBC in the News Bruce Watson

Plastic Substitutes and Other Breakthroughs

An article in The Guardian quoted David Levine on the benefits of green chemistry.  Said Levine, “Green chemistry is providing an opportunity for a stronger economy and a healthier society.”

ASBC in the News Rebekah Marcarelli

Earth Friendly Products Achieves Sustainability Milestone

An article in the Grocery Headquarters quoted ASBC CEO David Levine on Earth Friendly Products’ high standards of sustainability.  Said Levine, “This company is leading the way on some of the most pressing environmental issues of our time—climate, water and waste.

ASBC in the News Craig Ey

Democrats: We Need to Change the Party’s Business Narrative

Bryan McGannon, policy director of ASBC, was part of a panel discussing the direction in which the Democrats need to proceed in order to change a perception that the party is pro-regulation and anti-business. An article in the Philadelphia Business Journal quoted McGannon, “Business is not monolithic. Not every business is represented by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce or NFIB. It’s not solely about taxes.”

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Are ‘Clean Tax Cuts’ The New Carbon Tax?

E&E news discusses the spirited debate at ASBC’s policy forum during the RNC about the best way to cut emissions. Supporters of a carbon tax tangled with Rod Richardson, president of the Grace Richardson Fund, who says “clean tax cuts” would be easier to pass with Republican help.

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The Case For $12 by 2020

An article in Greater Park Hill News quoted Richard Eidlin, co-founder and vice president of policy and campaigns for ASBC in support of Colorado raising the state’s minimum wage. Said Eidlin, “A higher minimum wage in Colorado is a win-win. Workers benefit from having more disposable income. Businesses benefit from having more customers able to purchase their goods and services.”

ASBC in the News Jillian Berman

Should the Government Forgive Farmers’ Student Loans?

Matthew Dillon, the director of agricultural policy and programs at Clif Bar (an ASBC member), was quoted in MarketWatch urging Congress to add farmers to the list of workers entitled to student loan forgiveness after 10 years. Said Dillon, “Farming is a tough business. It’s a lot of risk and if

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Graham Goes With the Wind
Source Author: Frank Knapp, Jr.

Frank Knapp, Jr., co-chair of ASBC and president & CEO of the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce wrote an op-ed in the Morning Consult supporting South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham ®’s pushing for clean energy solutions to climate change.

ASBC in the News Francesca Brindle

Green Business Supports BLM Methane Regulations

An article in Energy Global discussed how ASBC and Green America are encouraging BLM to further limit venting, flaring and leaks from natural gas production on federal and tribal lands.

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Congress Must Shine Light on Anonymous Companies
Source Author: Frank Knapp, Jr.

Frank Knapp, Jr., co-chair of ASBC and president & CEO of the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce wrote an op-ed in the Augusta Free Press urging Congress to pass the bipartisan Incorporation Transparency and Law Enforcement Assistance Act (ITLEAA) — which requires all states to identify the beneficial owners of the companies they create.

Source Publication Date: April 21, 2016

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ASBC in the News Lydia Wheeler

House Small Business Chairman Pushes Senate to Take up Regulatory Bill

An article in The Hill quoted ASBC Co-chair Frank Knapp, Jr. in support of smart regulations. Said Knapp, “Some small businesses will find compliance with federal regulations difficult. The answer is not to throw the baby out with the bathwater and invalidate existing rules.

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Are U.S. EPA Regulations a Burden or Boon to Small Businesses?

An article in Environment & Energy News discussed ASBC Co-chair Frank Knapp, Jr.’s testimony in support of smart regulations at the Senate Environment and Public Works subcommittee hearing on April 12, 2016. (Please note: this article is behind a paywall)

ASBC in the News Barry Ritholtz

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Goes for the Extreme

An article in the Bloomberg View discussed the increasing dissatisfaction with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and how it is reflected in the growth of alternative business lobbying groups such as ASBC.

ASBC in the News Carolyn M. Brown

Business Leaders Call for Supreme Court Confirmation

An article in the Black Enterprise Magazine quoted a statement by David Levine, CEO of ASBC, and Frank Knapp Jr., co-chair of ASBC, urging Congress to hold hearings for Merrick Garland’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The statement in part said, “Hundreds of thousands of small business leaders believe that we must move beyond partisan politics.

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EPA’s Wingmen Get in Formation

An article in Politico discusses ASBC’s filing a friend of the court brief, also known as an “amicus brief,” in support of the national Clean Power Plan.

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Paid Family Leave: Imperfect but Necessary

An article in thedailystar.com quoted David Levine, ASBC’s CEO and president, in support of paid family leave. Said Levine, “The American Sustainable Business Council along with members across the state of New York, proudly supports the paid leave bill.”