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By Troy Van Beek
Posted on: November 11, 2015
Veteran’s Day, 2015 As a Veteran, I understand the importance of national security and see an extraordinary opportunity for Americans from all walks of life to come together to make our nation more energy independent. I also understand the threats of climate change and its potential to make our nation less stable and vulnerable. So, on Veterans Day, it’s time to not only celebrate the service of Vets like myself, but also to acknowledge the role that Vets are playing in building a more resilient economy here at home through their work as clean energy business leaders.Transforming a military... read more
By Jake Kornack
Posted on: November 6, 2015
Many people hope for an economy that engineers a future that lifts people out of poverty, ensures fairness, and systematically respects the environmental limits set by our planet. Yet, with all the talk today of letting the free market work and eschewing government regulation, it’s easy to think that a successful business strategy must be at odds with a sustainable vision for the future - and with the very way the market functions.As average CEO pay has jumped - from 20 times as much as the earnings of the average employee to almost 300 times in the past 50 years - wealth inequality has... read more
By Donna Dolan
Posted on: October 28, 2015
New York State has a fairly interesting position when it comes to paid leave - simultaneously better and worse than average.What do I mean by that? New York is one of five states with an insurance system that can be used to provide paid family leave, called Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI). Funded through small employer and employee premium contributions, TDI provides partial wage replacement when workers experience an off-the-job short term disability, including those related to pregnancy and recovery from childbirth.Other states, like California, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, have... read more
By Jeff Marcous
Posted on: October 13, 2015
Last month, our San Francisco Bay Area company decided to follow the lead of another payment processing company’s CEO; he had decided to increase the salaries of entry level staff after reading a study that concluded that happiness begins at about $70k/year of income in this country. Presumably, that is the income level at which physical world needs are met, thereby freeing one from the bonds and worries of sustaining a living. Though that particular study has been criticized as somewhat flawed, and the company’s implementation of pay increases has resulted in fallout from some staff and some... read more
By Kerry Sesil
Posted on: September 14, 2015
A job is the single most important factor in reducing poverty in the United States, and yet, for many people faced with economic insecurity, a job remains completely out of reach. The situation is often compounded for people who have spent time in prison. Greyston Bakery, a Yonkers, NY based social enterprise and values led supplier for Ben & Jerry’s that has baked brownies since 1982 hires individuals with barriers to employment- no questions asked. Greyston’s Open Hiring Model is a disruptive force in a market driven system that challenges businesses to use their inherent power to make... read more
By Sarah Senseman
Posted on: August 31, 2015
We’ve all probably been there - you’re out on the town, maybe going to a movie or a nice restaurant, but instead of being able to enjoy yourself, you’re forced to listen to someone who’s being way too loud or playing with a cell phone. Much as you try, you can’t ignore that. Your night is ruined.That may not have a lot to do with policy, but to some extent, that is an example of an externality: a cost or benefit that affects a party who did not choose to incur that cost or benefit.When thinking about externalities in the more traditional sense, we’re usually talking about negative... read more
By Regine Martin-Benn
Posted on: August 21, 2015
In order to engage your employees, you have to understand them. Clearing sessions are a unique approach that Best for Workers B Corp Dharma Merchant Services uses to help their employees engage their emotions, share their experiences, and build trust in the workplace. We recently spoke with Nick Bencivenga from Dharma, who gave us a better insight on how their weekly clearing sessions have helped them build a Best for Workers workplace. By sharing their experiences weekly, Dharma’s staff creates an atmosphere of safety, honesty, and effective conflict resolution that resonates throughout the... read more
By Michael Peck
Posted on: August 12, 2015
“For what’s it’s worth,” the 1967 Buffalo Springfield song as lyrical, close-up socio-economic observation, still resonates. Last week, The New York Times reported that none other than Harvard’s business professors flew out to study Gravity CEO Dan Price, of Seattle, Washington after he unilaterally capped his seven figure remuneration and raised the annual “minimum wage” for all of his employees to $70,000 each.In “Love letters to the Gravity Boss (video)” and “A Company Copes with Backlash Against the Raise that Roared,” New York Times reporters, Erica Berenstein & Jessey Dearing, and... read more
By Taylor Walsh
Posted on: July 28, 2015
The summer of 2015 could be a turning point for making integrative health services the preferred healthcare choice for patients under their employer’s healthcare benefit. This is good news for companies looking for ways to reduce their health care costs as well as provide proven wellness approaches such as therapeutic massage, acupuncture and other ‘complementary’ modalities. Important forces are in play that will push insurance carriers and employers to take a serious look at this emerging class of care.For instance, in Minnesota, the Penny George Institute for Health & Healing (part of... read more
By Graham Willard
Posted on: July 13, 2015
The Community Wealth Building Network of Metro Denver released a report entitled “An Introduction to Financing for Cooperatives, Social Enterprises and Small Businesses.” Despite its Denver, Colorado origins, sustainable business organizations across the nation should take note.ASBC member Jason Wiener was one of the lead authors of the report, which discusses the ways businesses, foundations, and developers are acquiring funding to foster economic opportunity within low-income communities. There is general agreement that creating a business friendly environment in these communities requires... read more