Responsible Businesses Challenge Trump: “A Great America is a Sustainable America”
“Embrace the future as represented by successful, innovative, sustainably-oriented businesses.”
WASHINGTON, DC (January 19, 2017)—The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), with a membership network representing more than 250,000 businesses, today released a statement about the inauguration of Donald Trump as President. The following statement is by David Levine, CEO and co-founder of the American Sustainable Business Council:
“As a businessman, Mr. Trump will work hard to make his administration business-friendly. But he doesn’t have to cater to crony capitalists looking to prop up their declining companies and industries with one last quick fix. Instead he should embrace the future as represented by the growing number of highly successful, innovative, sustainably-oriented businesses.
“These are companies whose business models are based on paying their workers well, providing good benefits, investing in the communities in which they operate and taking care of the environment upon which they depend. Such companies represent the future of America and are creating many of the new jobs. They will help make our country not only great, but more importantly, sustainable. After all, a truly great America is a sustainable America.
“Today, business-friendly policymakers have a choice. When Mr. Trump and his team consider what policies will make the country more business-friendly, they should listen to the innovators building responsible businesses. Their goals are the same as traditional businesses: 1) Fair return on investment for stakeholders, 2) Opportunity for all, 3) Stewardship of the environment for future generations, 4) Products and services that meet the needs of American consumers, and 5) A dynamic and fair marketplace. But their policy ideas are different: rather than ask the government to allow or even enable irresponsible business behavior, responsible business people ask the government to support and encourage higher standards and better behavior.
“We look forward to working cooperatively with Mr. Trump and his Administration to enact policies that strengthen the economy while increasing opportunity and protecting the environment. We know that principles of sustainability work in business. We stand ready to show the new Administration how they can also work in policy.”
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