Tuesday January 17th 2017

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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.

A Moment to Reflect

While sometimes and understandably confusing Certified B Corps and benefit corporation legislation, recent pieces on PBS NewsHour and CBS Nightly News give us pause to reflect on how far this movement to redefine success in business has come in a short time.

This past week PBS NewsHour featured an incredible eight minute piece on B Lab, featuring Certified B Corps Revolution Foods, IceStone, and Warby Parker. Please check out the video below.

Also, if you have not seen it, the CBS Evening News ran another amazing piece in January that drew a connection between MLK’s vision and our collective work.

Thank to all whose leadership and hard work have created this momentum.

Be the change,

The B Lab Team

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