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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.

Global Investor Forum Showcases Rising Sustainable Businesses

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Investing in a Greener Future

Global Investor Forum Showcases Rising Sustainable Businesses .

“We have the ability to build companies that are sustainable for the environment and are themselves sustainable,” explained Steven Heller, Chairman of CODA Automotive, at the New Ventures Global Investor Forum 2011. Environmental entrepreneurs from Brazil, China, India and Mexico delivered presentations explaining their companies’ business models, their positive environmental and social impacts, and their competitive advantage. Each of the companies are ready to scale up, and are looking for international investment to implement their growth plans.
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Q&A: What is a “Green Economy?”

As economies struggle to recover from the global recession, many are taking a closer look at the broad concept of a “Green Economy,” one that simultaneously promotes sustainability and economic growth. Manish Bapna and John Talberth explain, “Past sustainability efforts have not focused sufficiently on fixing the failures of economic policies. But we now have a chance to tackle these challenging problems given the policy openings created by the response to the financial crisis.”
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