Benefit Corporations: What they can mean to your business future and your bottom line

This article originally appeared on USGreenChamber.com

Do you think business should be about more than making profit? You’re not alone. Many corporate CEO’s feel the same way.

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An exciting option became available in 2007 when the non-profit B Lab introduced the Benefit corporations business certification. B Corps were designed for for-profit entities wanting to focus on social issues and the environment along with profit. This certification was created by three young successful entrepreneurs who, says Bryan Welch, CEO of B corporation Ogden Publications, “decided to revolutionize businesses in a non-pretentious, serious way.”

B corps fit in-between the legal structure of a C corp and a 501c3, says Chaz Berman, CEO of Growers Secret, a San Francisco B corp that produces top quality organic fertilizer products. Continue reading

Plastic industry sues to keep plastic bags in place

There’s a growing movement to ban single use plastic bags. Countries are jumping on this environmental bandwagon. A number of states are in the process or have already banned them. Oregon is currently considering a state-wide ban, while Evanston, Illinois is debating whether to become the 22nd city to ban them .Other communities have imposed a tax on the bags, with Montgomery County, Maryland, passing a five-cent plastic-bag tax on May 3.

The plastics industry isn’t taking this lying down. Led by South Carolina-based bag manufacturer Hilex Poly, opponents in the plastic industry are waging an all-out campaign to deny that plastic bags pose a threat to the environment.

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Green for the new year – fundraising, packaging & schools (Part 1)

Green fundraising, eco-friendly innovative ways to package and ship fragile things and ways to support teachers and schools are important topics.  Here are my top picks.

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Ever thought about eco-friendly fundraising? It’s possible

With the current economy and budget cuts, school fundraisers are fundamental – a lifeline keeping important activities afloat.  

Candy, gift-wrapping and magazine subscriptions are generally top fundraising choices. Yet there are eco-friendly, creative, even yummy choices that could support schools being even more successful. 

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