VBSR hosts 19th annual awards ceremony, celebrating socially responsible business leaders

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VBSR hosts 19th annual awards ceremony, celebrating socially responsible business leaders

Mon, 11/09/2020 - 3:45pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) is honoring three outstanding individuals and businesses who are leading by outstanding example and developing successful socially responsible business models. VBSR’s 19th Annual Awards Ceremony will recognizing: Dave Barash (1955-2020) with the Terry Ehrich Award for Lifetime Achievement, Working Fields with the VBSR Innovation and Inspiration Award, and Marina McCoy of Waste Free Earth with the VBSR Young Changemaker Award.

The VBSR Terry Ehrich Award for Lifetime Achievement (formerly the Terry Ehrich Award for Excellence in Socially Responsible Business) honors an outstanding individual in honor of Terry Ehrich, late owner of Hemmings Motor News and a founding member of the board of directors of VBSR. The award is given annually to a person exemplifying Terry’s commitment to community, the environment, progressive public policy, and the workplace.

Dave Barash represented Ben & Jerry’s when the founding group planned and launched VBSR, and he was an active participant and champion for VBSR throughout. Dave’s strong moral compass helped us wrangle with issues like whether or not to be an independent organization or become part of New England BSR, how to take strong stands yet meet the needs of members of all sizes, and how to fund our initial efforts.

Recipient of the VBSR Innovation and Inspiration Award, Working Fields provides an opportunity for successful employment and recovery through a supportive model of recovery. They empower individuals to manage challenges due to substance use addiction and past convictions and support their Client Employers demonstrating that recovery support works and provide dedicated reliable employees. Working Fields aspires to eliminate the stigma of addiction and convictions. Working Fields was founded on the belief that individuals who have made mistakes in their lives, have accepted responsibility, and have taken the steps to improve their lives, do deserve a second chance. A second chance includes employment and the opportunity to return to the workforce.

Marina McCoy, the Founder and CEO of Waste Free Earth will be given the VBSR Young Changemaker Award. Marina McCoy is a Zero Waste & Recycling Expert and Founder/CEO of Waste Free Earth. Her company, Waste Free Earth, where they are on a mission to reinvent how businesses produce and consume waste through zero waste operations. By working in the sustainability field for almost a decade, she has developed proven strategies that lower the environmental impact and reduces overall waste consumption with each client she works with.

VBSR’s 19th Annual Awards Ceremony will be held virtually on Thursday, November 12th. The event is free for anyone who is interested to attend. Registration and more details can be found at: https://vbsr.org/event/19th-annual-vbsr-awards-ceremony/.

VBSR is a statewide, non-profit business association with a mission to advance a business ethic that values people and planet as much as profit. Through economic development, education, public influence, and networking, VBSR strives to help 700+ members set a high standard for protecting the natural, human, and economic environments of the state's residents, while remaining profitable. Learn more or join the cause at www.vbsr.org.

Source: VBSR 11.9.2020