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By offering health insurance, paid family leave and sick days, companies and workers can avoid working against each other and businesses experience increased worker productivity. The public interest is also served as companies end up putting more money into local economies. New regulations and incentives are needed to encourage more businesses to adopt high-road practices.Year: 2017•Type: Policy Brief or Report•Source: American Sustainable Business Council•Policy: Good Government, Finance, Race, Sex and Social Equality, Children and Families, Compensation
The cost of business is not only measured by money but should also include air pollution, contaminated water, and other enviornmental impacts. Prices must be based on true cost to help our economy become sustainable. Fossil fuels and toxic chemicals can create a series of negative externalities. public policy must play a critical role in eliminating subsidies and incentives to reduce negative externalities.Year: 2016•State: •Type: Policy Brief or Report•Source: American Sustainable Business Council•Policy: Environment, Finance
Small business owners are suffering from weak sales and decreased customer demand, and on top of that, a lack of access to credit. It is difficult for small business owners to access the credit that will help them grow, hire and jumpstart the economy. This survey explores what small business owners want to see to free up access to credit.Year: 26-Jan-12•State: •Type: Fact Sheet or Infographic•Source: American Sustainable Business Council•Policy: Finance
Climate change presents the biggest threat to America's economy. A price on carbon can be an efficient, business-friendly way to mitigate climate change. It can reduce emissions, spur innovation and job creation.Year: •State: •Type: Policy Brief or Report•Source: American Sustainable Business Council•Policy: Energy, Environment, Finance
Clean energy transition that help protect the environment can be done through multiple approaches: Risk Assessment (identify which climate and carbon risk are embedded portfolios), Portfolio construction and divestment (address the risk and divestment), invest in the future (diversify investment), and shareholder engagement (engage corporate boards to mitigate carbon risks).Year: 8-Sep-15•Type: Policy Brief or Report•Source: American Sustainable Business Council•Policy: Environment, Energy, Good Government, Finance
Key findings are that green bonds are more profitable, less risky, and preferred by investors, that can create a substantial financial stimulus, and importantly provide the needed estimated near term $2 trillion reducing about 18 gigatons of carbon pollution preventing dangerous climate change from becoming permanently unmanageable.Year: 2013•Type: Fact Sheet or Infographic•Source: Capital Markets•Policy: Environment, Energy, Good Government, Finance
On Jan. 21, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in its Citizens United decision that corporations are free to spend unlimited sums of money in elections. According to opinion polling released by the American Sustainable Business Council, Main Street Alliance and Small Business Majority, two-thirds of small business owners see this decision as bad for small business. The poll also shows small business owners overwhelmingly believe corporations have been given too much freedom to spend money that directly influences political campaigns.Year: 18-Jan-12•Type: Fact Sheet or Infographic•Source: American Sustainable Business Council•Policy: Good Government, Democracy, Finance, Good Governance