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Honest Tea CEO to Keynote NHBSR Conference

by Madison Neveu, New Hampshire Business Review

The co-founder of the world’s largest organic bottled tea company will be speaking about his entrepreneurial experiences at a New Hampshire conference in May.

Seth Goldman, the co-founder and so-called “Tea-EO” of Bethesda, Md.-based Honest Tea, will be the keynote speaker for New Hampshire Business for Social Responsibility’s annual conference on May 12, at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord.

In his keynote address, Goldman will share the story of how he co-founded and grew Honest Tea from a small-home based business into the world’s largest organic tea company in just over a decade. The company, which he co-founded with Barry Nalebuff, one of his professors at the Yale School of Management, had more than $100 million in sales in 2013 and is carried by more than 100,000 outlets nationwide.

Goldman will also address the changes and opportunities that Honest Tea faced when it was acquired by Coca-Cola in 2011, along with his best advice to mission-driven business leaders who are seeking profit, commitment to transparency and unconventional marketing techniques.

For the full story, visit NH Business Review

Best Companies to Work For In NH Announced

dec13cover-fbweb.jpgManchester - What does it take to attract the finest talent in the state?  Ask NHBSR members, Hypertherm Inc, Wire Belt Company of America and W.S. Badger Company Inc.  They were just named to New Hampshire's Top Companies to Work For in the December issue of Business NH Magazine (BNH)!  Winning companies went through an extensive review of benefits, company culture, and employee development, which in addition to an extensive application, included on-site visits (tours and interviews with CEOs and employees).

We share our congratulations with Hypertherm, named as the #1 in the large company category and Wire Belt, named #1 in the small company category!  We are also thrilled that W.S. Badger, with only 47 employees in Gilsum broke into the top five and is featured on the cover of the December issue! 

Winning companies go beyond typical benefits to build cultures of proud, engaged employees.  These companies demonstrate that respect and teamwork build successful foundations. 

Wire Belt provides space for employee gardens knowing that many of their employees do not have the space at home.  In addition to providing tuition reimbursement, they understand that employees may need the funding up front to make the opportunity feasible and provide the channels to make it happen. 

Hypertherm's employee-focused culture is reflected in their flexible scheduling,  focus on wellness and community involvement, as well as individual professional growth benefits.  They have also taken the additional step of making their employees owners through the Hypertherm Stock Ownership Plan. 

W. S. Badger, soon after building a facility that reflected their environmental ethics, renovated their old headquarters to provide quality daycare for employees.  The new facility was constructed with a large dining room where employees gather daily for a free organic lunch prepared by their company chef.

These are just a few of the creative approaches these NHBSR members have taken to distinguish themselves as incredible employers.  Congratulations WIre Belt, Hypertherm and Badger!

BNH and NHBSR partner to present this competition, culminating with the Breakfast With The Best, an opportunity to get a more in-depth understanding of how these leading companies create a workplace culture the fosters loyal, engaged employees.  Breakfast With the Best will take place on February 14th at the Radisson in Manchester.  Mark your calendars and plan to attend - it's an event you do not want to miss!

I would like to thank the many NHBSR members who contributed significant time to the judging process ...
•Robin Eichert, PeopleSense Consulting
•Mirjam IJtsma, Cultural Chemistry
•Mike Jurnak, Berry Dunn
•Pat Vaillencourt, Delta Dental
•Yusi Turell, Carsey Institute at UNH
•Josh Robinson, Checkmate Payroll
•Melissa Clickner, Schleuniger, Inc.
•Mike Elmer, Coca-Cola Northern New England

We are also grateful to Bruce Mast (Bruce Mast Associates) for managing the challenging scheduling and on-site judging process!

NHBSR and UNH Announce Next Institute for Corporate Sustainability

_0230913602_2.jpgDurham - The University of New Hampshire's Paul College of Business and Economics and New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility have announced the dates for the next Institute for Corporate Sustainability.  The Institute is a 3-day program for professionals interested in deepening their understanding of sustainability issues and the benefits to their organization, while acquiring tools and resources to drive change and developing a network of peers to support their efforts.  The 2014 Institute will be held from April 2nd - 4th at UNH's state-of-the-art, LEED-certified Paul College Executive Education facility in Durham. 

The Spring Institute will once again feature a unique partnership of cutting-edge academic sustainability study with perspective from leading sustainability professionals.  The Certificate program encourages attendees to apply the concepts learned to their own professional environments through a mentored, self-defined Capstone project following the Institute.  For more information, visit www.sustainabilitycertificate.org or email info@sustainabilitycertificate.org.

Searching for the Best

dec12cover-web.jpgWould you like to see you company on the cover of Business NH Magazine?    Does your company work hard to attract and retain the best and brightest employees?  If so, we're interested in knowing what makes your workforce tick.  The deadline for the Best Companies to Work For application is rapidly approaching.

At the end of the day on August 26th, Business NH Magazine and NHBSR will begin judging applications to find the companies that provide innovative benefits and work environments to their employees.  Bruce Mast & Associates will once again lead the on-site judging panels.  Winners will be named in both small (under 100 employees) and large company categories. 

There is still time to apply!  Click here for the application and guidelines for the competition.

W.S. Badger Company Wins 2013 Cornerstone Award!

nhbsr.cstoneaward.2013_0231_1.jpgGovernor Maggie Hassan presented the 2013 Cornerstone Award to W.S. Badger Company at NHBSR's Spring Conference on May 21. W.S. Badger Company was selected because of its dedication to responsible business practices, environmental stewardship, and community involvement. Read more.

Also recognized were prior Cornerstone Award winners Hypertherm, Inc. and Monadnock Paper Mills, both of whom were inducted into the Cornerstone Hall of Fame.

Best Companies to Work for in the Granite State

New Hampshire is home to many innovative and successful companies – but from an employee’s perspective, what are the best companies to work for? NH Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR) and Business NH Magazine are singling out the companies whose employees love their jobs, have great benefits, are treated fairly and take pride in the work they do. The top ten large and small companies to work for will be celebrated at the Breakfast With The Best event on February 13 in Manchester. For more information, visit: http://millyardcommunications.com/index.php?src=events&category=*n&srcty...

NHBSR Partners on Perpetual Food Pledge

New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR) is partnering with Antioch University’s student chapter of Net Impact to support their efforts to address the chronic food shortages being experienced by New Hampshire food pantries.  The Perpetual Food Pledge asks participants to purchase one extra healthy, non-perishable food item per week throughout the year for those in need. 

We are asking our member companies and organizations to join us in making our Conference theme, “Walking the Talk” a reality.  Please consider the following …

  1. Share the pledge with your employees and ask them to consider taking it.  Click here for posters and here for more information on the pledge.
  2. Consider collecting food at your business to make it easier for your employees to donate throughout the year.  Ask for volunteers to help deliver collected items to your food pantry/bank of choice as needed.
  3. Let us know what you’re doing – we want to promote your efforts!  Email Virginia with your story.
  4. Conference attendees will be asked to bring non-perishable items to the event to be donated to the Seacoast Family Food Pantry at the end of the day.  For a list of their needs, click here.

Together, we can make the walk a little easier for our neighbors in need!

Sustainability Institute a Huge Success!

NHBSR, through the generous support of Timberland and in partnership with the University of New Hampshire, launched the inaugural Sustainability Institute on October 4th through the 6th. The Institute was attended by twenty-two business people from sixteen organizations throughout the Northeast. (New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey were represented.) The certificate program featured three days of interactive sessions, all focused on further developing attendees' understanding of sustainability within their business world, communities and the natural environment. Feedback from attendees included comments like "You could not get this much rich content and discussion with high level peers anywhere else. I found the Institute incredibly valuable." and "Fabulous speakers and great mix of topics ..." and "I think this is the wave of the future!" We are already planning next year's Institue and hope you'll plan to be there!

Visit SustainabilityCertificate.org for more information