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NHBSR’s Spring Conference Returns to In-Person with a Roar!


More than 200 members of the sustainable business community attended New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility’s (NHBSR) spring conference – Uniting on Purpose – on May 4, 2022 for over a dozen vibrant, interactive, educational and inspiring workshops. 

In between the morning’s Mindfulness session and the afternoon’s Community Conversations and Corporate Citizenship Plenary Panel, NHBSR presented several awards.

Hanover Co-op Food Stores and Auto Service Centers received this year’s Cornerstone award. The Co-op has long demonstrated outstanding leadership in community activism and advocacy, strong workplace policies and practices, and an 84-year-long commitment to the environment. They are dedicated to innovative community collaboration and programming in the Upper Valley, and in sharing best practices to inspire others. Several of the Co-op’s initiatives have been recognized at NHBSR’s Sustainability Slam, but most recently their Car Connects program inspired another NHBSR member to propose the same initiative in other areas of the state.  

NHBSR’s Partnership for Innovation Award winners are recognized for their collaborative efforts to create synergy and progress on a sustainability initiative where it might not otherwise have been possible. The partnerships demonstrate creative approaches and measurable results that inspire other business leaders in New Hampshire to take action. This year’s Partnership for Innovation award recipients were: The Nature Conservancy, Clean Energy NH, NH Community Develop Finance Authority, NH Small Business Development Center, SkiNH and Ceres. This group shone a spotlight on leading businesses, communities and legislative leaders recognizing outstanding impact with the hope that their stories will inspire others to move their energy work forward.

 The Changemaker Award was presented to Paul Michael, a Granite State College student and supervisor at Lindt Chocolate. While working as a Jamaican person in New Hampshire, he has experienced significant exclusion and inequities, which prompted him to start a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) committee at Lindt Chocolate Factory. Paul also works as a volunteer firefighter to aid others in emergency situations. He works tirelessly to promote a diverse and equitable future for all.

“Get to know someone who doesn’t look like you,” Paul advised. Just by taking that simple step, you can learn, grow and strengthened connections with others in your community.

New Hampshire Business Leaders Call for Smart Clean Energy Policy and Programs

More than 100 New Hampshire businesses have signed the ‘Clean Energy Principles’ to call for robust clean energy policies and programs in the Granite State.

New Hampshire business leaders gathered today in Concord to showcase their support for smart clean energy policies that will encourage economic growth and business development. In a press conference held at the New Hampshire State Capitol, representatives from the Duprey Companies, Hypertherm, Ski New Hampshire and Worthen Industriesreleased new New Hampshire Clean Energy Principles. First released in January 2018 with 50 business signatories, the principles highlight the importance of transitioning to a clean energy economy as a way to improve the competitiveness of New Hampshire’s economy, as well as the state’s prosperity, health and security.

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UNH, NHBSR Partner on B Impact Clinic

Through a new collaboration between the  Center for Social Innovation & Enterprise  at the University of NH and  NH Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR), the B Impact Clinic aims to help companies elevate their corporate sustainability and university students to engage in high-impact learning opportunities.

The B Impact Clinic gathers teams of students to serve as consultants for NH businesses seeking to increase their social and environmental impact. Students are matched with companies to help them complete the B Impact Assessment. Nearly a decade old, the B Impact Assessment is an open-access, rigorous assessment tool developed by the nonprofit B Lab to assess a company’s impact on society and the environment.

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New Hampshire's Largest Gathering of Corporate Social Responsibility Professionals Reaches Record Numbers


New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility’s Annual Spring Conference is a chance for individuals and organizations across the state to network with each other and share insights and best practices key to pivoting New Hampshire forward in sustainability. For the 17th year in a row, NHBSR has provided an important platform for cross-sector engagement and collaboration, inviting students and universities, government agency and non-profit professionals, and business leaders from varied industries across New England for an "all hands on deck" approach to sustainability.

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Business leaders share their vision for New Hampshire’s clean energy future

New Hampshire business leaders and energy experts are gathering this week to discuss the state’s energy future as a part of NH Energy Week. Events offered throughout the week will convene businesses, policymakers, and advocates to consider how clean energy programs can build the local economy and help New Hampshire compete with its regional neighbors.

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New Hampshire businesses urge lawmakers to adopt clean energy policies

In letter, 50 firms point to economic, environmental benefits

More than 50 New Hampshire businesses are calling for the NH Legislature to advance clean energy policies that they say will support economic growth and business development. Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Hypertherm, Hannaford Supermarkets, Velcro Companies, Timberland and Worthen Industries are among the businesses that have signed on to a series of “Clean Energy Principles” and sent a letter highlighting those principles to state lawmakers.  “As businesses and employers invested in New Hampshire, we believe that transitioning to a clean energy economy will improve our own competitiveness and our state’s prosperity, health and security,” the letter begins.

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2016 Business Excellence Winner: Bill Whyte of W.S. Badger Company

billwhyte_photo.pngBill Whyte, founder and CEO of W.S. Badger Company in Gilsum, is the 2016 Business Excellence winner in the manufacturing category for a large organization

Over 20 years ago, a carpenter couldn’t find a solution for soothing his chapped, cracked hands after working outside during the harsh New England winter. So he decided to cook up a recipe in the family kitchen using natural ingredients, and the result was Badger Balm for Hardworking Hands.

That carpenter was Bill Whyte, who, along with his family, started the W.S. Badger Company in the backroom of his home in Gilsum.

Employing just a few people for many years, Badger has now grown to a team of 90 who formulate, manufacture and ship over a hundred all-natural and certified-organic body care products to customers in 26 countries.

Bill’s philosophy – that kindness is an approach to doing business – is apparent at W.S. Badger Company.

Since 2000, every day Badger employees come together at noon to enjoy a free and organic home-cooked lunch prepared by two cooks. The paid half-hour helps foster connections, build relationships and promote fun.

And for nine years, Badger has offered its Babies-at-Work program, which allows employees to bring their infants with them to the workplace, with two hours per average workday set aside for the care of the child.

W.S. Badger also pushed for passage of Benefit Corporation legislation in New Hampshire, and registered as one of the first in the state, with the mission of putting social and environmental goals ahead of profits.

But through Bill’s leadership, W.S. Badger has managed to achieve both.

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NH Businesses for Social Responsibility and @Website Publicity Provide New Web Visibility Grant

Serving Those Who Serve New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR) announced today that, in partnership with one of its members, @Website Publicity, Inc., a new grant has been developed to provide one nonprofit organization in the state with a free Internet Visibility audit.   

NHBSR Executive Director Michelle Veasey said: “We continue to see the smaller nonprofits in New Hampshire miss out on opportunities to use their websites to gain more donors and volunteers, and also to get their critical resource information in front of the larger audience that can benefit from it.  That’s why this grant is exciting to us; it gives an additional nonprofit each year the tools that the most successful eCommerce and business websites have working for them every day.”

Each year, NHBSR members will be encouraged to nominate a nonprofit that they feel can benefit from more exposure on the Web either through a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) consultation or a Paid Search consultation.   NHBSR members can nominate by completing a simple form on the @Website Publicity website; nonprofits may also apply directly for the grant by completing the same formThe deadline for applications is March 1, 2016

Nominations and applications will be reviewed by a committee composed of representatives of both the NH Businesses for Social Responsibility and @Website Publicity. The selected nonprofit will be notified by April 1, 2016 and, in an initial consultation, may decide whether its priorities are best served by help in SEO, Paid Search and/or applying for a Google Grant.

About @Website Publicity:  Pioneering in Search Engine Marketing since 1998, today @Website Publicity is a Google Certified Agency Partner providing businesses with proven solutions in Search, Social, Mobile and Video Marketing.  The company provides digital marketing solutions to increase direct online sales and lead generation for companies in New Hampshire and across the country with clients including eCommerce, manufacturing, retail businesses and global software companies.  Its mission has always included supporting non-profits in their efforts to share critical information, promote events, find new donors and volunteers by offering free or discounted services to nonprofits.









UNH Launches Social Innovation Center

Carsey School, Paul College team up on interdisciplinary initiative
Published: November 13, 2015

Photo: The Center will be led by Yusi Turell and Fiona Wilson.

The University of New Hampshire has launched a new center focused on social innovation, the application of market-based and cross-sector strategies to develop sustainable, scalable solutions to societal problems.

A joint venture of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics and the Carsey School of Public Policy, the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise will bring together individual entrepreneurs and business models (traditionally the domain of business schools) with public policy and systemic change (traditionally the domain of policy schools).

The center will be led by co-directors Fiona Wilson and Yusi Turell. In their previous roles at UNH, they have collaborated to build several university-wide initiatives in social innovation, including the NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge and the Social Innovation Internship.

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Scheduling for 'Real Life'

img_0208_640x427_0.jpgManchester firm reaps benefits of flexibility

By Edie Allard, New Hampshire Business Review
Published: July 14, 2015

The average employee schedule at Image 4, a Manchester company specializing in the design and installation of branded spaces, may look a little unusual.

One employee, recovering from an operation, is working from home with a portable system purchased for her. The accountant works from home two days a week to take care of his dogs. The project manager is stepping out early to attend his child’s concert, but he came in at 6 a.m. to get ahead on his project. A medical appointment could cause an employee to come in late, but he may decide to stay even later to finish his work.

This flexibility is the product of Image 4’s alternative scheduling system, developed in the early 1990s and still proving its effectiveness today. CEO Jeff Baker says the “flex schedule” environment was developed when the company realized that it would lose good employees if it didn’t adapt to their everyday needs.

“It kind of forced us to change our thinking about the work [they] did and how we were managing it,” he said.

At Image 4, there is no adhesion to the typical, rigid work schedule. Employees have the ability to form their work week based on their own personal necessities.

The key to a successful transition to flex scheduling is to change from what Baker calls “task-oriented” management to “outcome-oriented” management.

Using outcome-oriented metrics, an employee is given only a project and a deadline, but no details about how the deadline should be met. This makes people feel empowered, allowing them to take control of their work life and their workflow.

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