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Sustainable Business Leaders Ready to Engage with New Administration to Work towards a Better Economy

For Immediate Release: 
November 9, 2016
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Bob Keener

WASHINGTON, DC (November 9, 2016) – The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), with a membership network representing more than 250,000 businesses, today released a statement about the national election results.

The following statement is by David Levine, CEO and co-founder of the American Sustainable Business Council:

“We congratulate President-elect Trump on his election and look forward to working cooperatively with his Administration to enact policies that strengthen the economy while making it more inclusive and protecting the environment.

“We will work hard to persuade his advisors and staff to consider the priorities of the growing ranks of responsible businesses. These priorities include:

  • Infrastructure improvement to create jobs and make the American economy stronger
  • High-road workplace policies such as paid family leave that help build the middle class and boost our economy
  • Clean energy and other steps to curtail the damage of climate change on businesses
  • Trade deals that work to ensure a healthy economy for U.S. businesses while creating good jobs and protecting the environment
  • Research, development and business innovation for safer chemicals and products.
  • Building stronger, more resilient local economies.

“In order for America to be great, we need policies that foster market opportunities and personal choice, but also recognize that government has an important role to play in ensuring a fair and level playing field and a well-functioning economy.

“Business can provide the innovations and solutions to many of today’s problems. Our businesses intend to ensure that America continues to move towards a sustainable economy that is vibrant, equitable and environmentally sound. We are glad to see strong support yesterday for increasing the minimum wage, which passed in the four states where it was on the ballot. That is proof that sustainable economic principles are popular.

“Since the last time a new administration took office, the ranks of responsible, sustainable businesses have grown significantly. These businesses are built on broad principles of worker engagement, environmental stewardship and shared prosperity, which translate directly to their policy interests. As a result, they want policies that often differ from the narrower policy priorities of traditional, short-term profit-at-all-cost businesses.”

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 200,000 business owners, executives and investors from a wide range of industries.