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As a values-based business, we feel it's important to leverage our influence and help to align economic development with environmental protection and social responsibility. We have joined two public policy groups dedicated to shaping legislation and regulations:
 
Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP)
BICEP aims to shape legislation and regulations on a national and international level. Its core principles include stimulating production of renewable energy, promoting energy efficiency and clean energy jobs, preserving forests and limiting new coal-fired power plants to those that capture and store carbon emissions.

We joined BICEP in 2009 so that we could work with like-minded companies, including Nike, Timberland, Seventh Generation and Starbucks, to advocate for bold and effective energy policy. Through BICEP, we reaffirmed our commitment to the goals of the Paris Climate Accord.

ceres.org/BICEP

American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC)
In 2012 we joined ASBC in order to find support and guidance on policy issues that matter to us; to become part of a community of businesses aligned on issues of mutual importance; and to have a voice in the advocacy and public policy arenas. Recent issues we have supported include a carbon tax for New York State, a higher federal minimum wage and the Affordable Care Act.

ASBC echoes our belief that business can play a positive role in our society. Through education and advocacy, it seeks to influence public policy—and public opinion. Its campaigns focus on such topics as EPA oversight of greenhouse gases, sustainable agriculture, toxic chemicals, regulatory reform and more.

asbcouncil.org