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Business for Democracy and ASBC Lead Effort to Overturn Citizens United v. FEC

The Business for Democracy Campaign, which the American Sustainable Business Council is spearheading in partnership with Free Speech for People is tackling the compelling issue of corporate contributions to political campaigns.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision on January 21, 2010 allows corporations to spend unlimited funds to support or oppose candidates for political office, overturning campaign finance laws in place for decades. The Business for Democracy campaign is an initiative of business leaders and their companies who believe this ruling is in direct conflict with American democratic principles and a serious threat to good government. The campaign supports the four members of the Supreme Court and the 80 percent of Americans who disagree with the decision (Washington Post poll, Feb. 17, 2010).

If you'd like your business to join this effort, you can sign the statement of support here or here.

Announcing the 2011 EthicMark®Award!


Sustainable and Responsible Investment (SRI) Industry Conference Provides Stage for EthicMark® Spotlight on Ads, Other Media Campaigns That “Uplift the Human Spirit and Society”
Colorado Springs /// April 5, 2011 /// The EthicMark® Award Advisory Board, in partnership with the World Business Academy and SRI in the Rockies Conference organizers at First Affirmative Financial Network, announced today that online nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 EthicMark® Award for advertisements and other media campaigns that uplift the human spirit and society.
The EthicMark® Award is presented annually at the SRI in the Rockies Conference, the world’s largest and longest-running conference for the sustainable and responsible investment (SRI) industry. The 22nd annual event will be October 2–5, 2011 in New Orleans.
EthicMark® will evaluate all nominees submitted to the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business. The Award includes a for-profit, and a not-for-profit category. The for-profit category includes ads designed to make a profit by marketing a product or service. Ads designed to promote an idea or cause will be considered for the not-for-profit category. In determining the proper category, it is irrelevant whether the advertising agency that produces the ad makes a profit. All ads in either category will be judged according to the Award criteria, which place the highest value on the most ethical marketing and media campaigns.

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