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Business Leaders Who Are Fighting for Families, This Week and Every Week

For Immediate Release: 
February 28, 2017

“Businesses thrive when we build an economy with opportunity for all. High-road employment practices are vital to a high-road economy.”

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Bob Keener
ASBC
617-610-6766

WASHINGTON, DC (February 28, 2017) – The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which with its member organizations represents more than 250,000 businesses, joins state legislators and colleagues from more than 30 states in a national effort—the #FightingForFamilies Week of Action—to advance legislation that grows the middle class, levels the playing field for high-road businesses and contributes to a just and vibrant economy for all.

ASBC CEO and co-founder David Levine said, “Businesses thrive when we build an economy with opportunity for all. High-road employment practices are vital to a high-road economy. A race to the bottom, enabled by laws that allow companies to pay low wages and offer scant worker benefits, will not build an economy that creates widespread opportunity. Instead, it will usher in policies that cripple sustainable economic growth in the long-term.

“If we are serious about strengthening our economy and addressing the challenges of tomorrow, then we need to support businesses that are doing well by doing good. High-road businesses provide a real pathway to closing the wealth gap, generating new jobs, and creating a sustainable economy for the future. With smart legislation, like Paid Sick and Family Medical Leave, we can create a clear market framework in which more businesses are encouraged to adopt high-road practices--then everyone benefits,” he said.

The #FightingForFamilies Week of Action presents a sustainable model for supporting working and middle classes—and all businesses that depend on healthy consumer demand.

Independently, ASBC has been working to promote high-road employment practices with its High Road Workplace Project, which asks business owners and executives to sign on to a set of High Road Principles. ASBC is also mobilizing business leaders in RI, MD, and CO to advocate for paid sick and family leave legislation.

The American Sustainable Business Council advocates for policy change and informs business owners and the public about the need and opportunities for building a vibrant, sustainable economy. Through its national member network, it represents more than 250,000 business owners, executives and investors from a wide range of industries. www.asbcouncil.org