The American Sustainable Business Network is committed to promoting sustainable and equitable business practices.
CEO and Co-Founder, American Sustainable Business Network
What are the ASBN’s three policy areas and how do they affect business?
The American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN) works with its members to develop a vision and policy framework for a sustainable market-based economy.
ASBN engages our broad network of business organizations, companies, and investors through policy and advocacy focused on our three impact areas: Inclusive Economy, Business for Democracy and Climate, Energy, and Environment.
ASBN has found that these impact areas provide a framework to address the most pressing issues in our economy today. Through its multi-issue, multi-disciplinary, and multi-sector approach, ASBN is able to proactively identify critical intersectional gaps in the sustainable policy landscape and form diverse coalitions from its extensive network to address them.
What are steps both small and large companies can take within the next five years to transition into more sustainable practices?
Applying the lens of high-road businesses would allow companies of all sizes to assess their work and their workforce differently. These companies see their employees, the communities in which they operate, and the products and services they provide as equally vital to their profits and financial success.
What is a circular economy and why should businesses strive to follow this model?
The circular economy envisions a new way of consuming and producing goods that is regenerative by design. This means that the negative impacts of consumption and production in today’s world like waste, carbon emissions, pollution, and the use of harmful chemicals can be designed out of the system with the right infrastructure, training, and creative mindset.
ASBN also believes that businesses can make a big difference by advocating for policies like extended producer responsibility that incentivize the adoption of circular (and sustainable) practices and foster innovation rooted in transparency, shared responsibility, and human-centered economies. These principles are at the heart of ASBN’s work to advance a circular economy that can meet the demand of current and future generations.