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New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR) Announces the Appointment of Three New Board Members

New Board Members bring a wealth of collaborative sustainability experience to NHBSR.

Concord, New Hampshire, December 2, 2022 – New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR) announced today the appointment of three new members to the Board of Directors. The addition of Jennifer Gureckis from BerryDunn, Sarah Johnson from the NH Department of Environmental Services, and Anne E. Richardson from the Richardson Media Group enhances the Board's expertise. They bring an impressive array of collaborative sustainability leadership and initiatives to NHBSR.

"These community leaders exemplify NHBSR's core values of inclusivity, integrity, encouragement, and transformative collaboration," said Michelle Veasey, Executive Director NHBSR. "They bring a wealth of insight and forward-thinking vision to our already dynamic board, and we look forward to working with them."

Gureckis is a senior manager in BerryDunn's Financial Services Practice Group and provides audit and accounting services for banks, credit unions, and trust companies. She also provides employee benefit plan audit services for organizations in various industries. For the past 16 years, Gureckis has worked out of BerryDunn's Manchester location and helped develop sustainable practices within the office. She received her MSA from the University of New Hampshire.

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Johnson is the Small Business Technical Assistance Program Manager and Small Business Ombudsperson for the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. She has 25 years of experience in New Hampshire state government and serving the small business community; she represents Region 1 on the National Steering Committee (NSC) for Small Business Environmental Assistance Programs and was Chair of NSC from 2014 to 2016. Johnson was awarded the Karen V. Brown Leadership Award in 2022 and the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program Award in 2018 by the NSC. She earned her B.S. in Marine Science from Coastal Carolina University and her MS in Resource Management and Administration from Antioch University New England. 

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Richardson is the owner and media director at Richardson Media Group, a media planning,  buying, and SEO agency located in Portsmouth, NH. She is a Business Advisor to the UNH B Impact Clinic, helping companies and student-led teams navigate the B Corporation certification process. She chaired the Marketing Committee for the Spring 2022 New England BLD Conference and is an active business member of 1% for the Planet. Richardson earned a BA from Bowdoin College and a master's from Lesley University. In 2022, the Richardson Media Group earned its B Corporation certification making them the first marketing agency to become a B Corp in the State of New Hampshire.

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Richardson is "excited to join the NHBSR Board to collaborate with a group of purpose-driven leaders from a wide range of industries who share a willingness to work together to make a difference in the lives of others."

NHBSR is pleased to welcome these new board members and knows they will be strong allies in the nonprofit member organization's mission to convene, inspire and support businesses and community stakeholders to build a more sustainable and prosperous state for all. More information on NHBSR and upcoming events, resources, and membership can be found at nhbsr.org.

 

ABOUT NHBSR

New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR) fosters socially and environmentally responsible business in New Hampshire, recognizing that people, principles, and profit must be linked. NHBSR is a statewide membership organization providing educational, networking, and promotional opportunities to encourage sustainable business. NHBSR includes a wide range of companies, nonprofits, and individuals at various stages of implementation, from those just getting started to leaders in sustainability.

 

Mailing Address:
PO Box 3562
Concord, NH 03302-3562

Executive Director
Michelle Veasey
michelle@nhbsr.org
Tel: 603-377-8817

New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR) Announces the Appointment of Three New Board Members

New Board Members bring a wealth of collaborative sustainability experience to NHBSR.

Concord, New Hampshire, December 2, 2022 – New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR) announced today the appointment of three new members to the Board of Directors. The addition of Jennifer Gureckis from BerryDunn, Sarah Johnson from the NH Department of Environmental Services, and Anne E. Richardson from the Richardson Media Group enhances the Board's expertise. They bring an impressive array of collaborative sustainability leadership and initiatives to NHBSR.

"These community leaders exemplify NHBSR's core values of inclusivity, integrity, encouragement, and transformative collaboration," said Michelle Veasey, Executive Director NHBSR. "They bring a wealth of insight and forward-thinking vision to our already dynamic board, and we look forward to working with them."

Gureckis is a senior manager in BerryDunn's Financial Services Practice Group and provides audit and accounting services for banks, credit unions, and trust companies. She also provides employee benefit plan audit services for organizations in various industries. For the past 16 years, Gureckis has worked out of BerryDunn's Manchester location and helped develop sustainable practices within the office. She received her MSA from the University of New Hampshire.

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Johnson is the Small Business Technical Assistance Program Manager and Small Business Ombudsperson for the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. She has 25 years of experience in New Hampshire state government and serving the small business community; she represents Region 1 on the National Steering Committee (NSC) for Small Business Environmental Assistance Programs and was Chair of NSC from 2014 to 2016. Johnson was awarded the Karen V. Brown Leadership Award in 2022 and the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program Award in 2018 by the NSC. She earned her B.S. in Marine Science from Coastal Carolina University and her MS in Resource Management and Administration from Antioch University New England. 

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Richardson is the owner and media director at Richardson Media Group, a media planning,  buying, and SEO agency located in Portsmouth, NH. She is a Business Advisor to the UNH B Impact Clinic, helping companies and student-led teams navigate the B Corporation certification process. She chaired the Marketing Committee for the Spring 2022 New England BLD Conference and is an active business member of 1% for the Planet. Richardson earned a BA from Bowdoin College and a master's from Lesley University. In 2022, the Richardson Media Group earned its B Corporation certification making them the first marketing agency to become a B Corp in the State of New Hampshire.

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Richardson is "excited to join the NHBSR Board to collaborate with a group of purpose-driven leaders from a wide range of industries who share a willingness to work together to make a difference in the lives of others."

NHBSR is pleased to welcome these new board members and knows they will be strong allies in the nonprofit member organization's mission to convene, inspire and support businesses and community stakeholders to build a more sustainable and prosperous state for all. More information on NHBSR and upcoming events, resources, and membership can be found at nhbsr.org.

 

ABOUT NHBSR

New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR) fosters socially and environmentally responsible business in New Hampshire, recognizing that people, principles, and profit must be linked. NHBSR is a statewide membership organization providing educational, networking, and promotional opportunities to encourage sustainable business. NHBSR includes a wide range of companies, nonprofits, and individuals at various stages of implementation, from those just getting started to leaders in sustainability.

 

Mailing Address:
PO Box 3562
Concord, NH 03302-3562

Executive Director
Michelle Veasey
michelle@nhbsr.org
Tel: 603-377-8817

NHBSR’s 2022 Sustainability Slam Winners Selected

Derry, New Hampshire, November 8, 2022 – Leading sustainability initiatives took front and center stage at New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility’s (NHBSR) 8th Annual Sustainability Slam on November 3, 2022. The event, held at LaBelle Winery in Derry, showcased creative and innovative solutions to our environmental and social challenges through dynamic storytelling.

As part of NHBSR’s Just One Thing Campaign, the Sustainability Slam recognizes the efforts of local companies and nonprofits to make a positive difference in our world. The 2022's Slam finalists were chosen by an independent panel of judges based on the impact and scalability of their stories in our communities, workplaces, and environment. At the Sustainability Slam, finalists competed in their category by delivering a 90-second presentation or pre-recorded videos. Winners were selected by a live poll at the event.

Congratulations to the 2022 Sustainability Slam winners:

COMMUNITY large company: Red River Technology, LLCes
COMMUNITY small company: John Benford Photography
ENVIRONMENT large company: Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc.
ENVIRONMENT small company: Officially Knotted Bowties
WORKPLACE large company:  Kennebunk Savings
WORKPLACE small company:  Working Fields
NONPROFIT: New Hampshire Public Radio

2022's Sustainability Slam is made possible by the generous support of presenting sponsor Velcro Companies as well as sponsorship from Granite State College, New Hampshire Public Radio, New Hampshire Business Review, Coca Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England, Mascoma Bank, BerryDunn, Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs, Timberland, Enterprise Bank, Full Spectrum Wellness, W.S. Badger, John Benford Photography, Sweaty Turtle Entertainment, Chop Shop Mediaworks, Image 4, and Sunrise Labs. Special thanks to the evening’s emcee, Jesse Lore.
 

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ABOUT NHBSR
New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility is a member-based, non-profit organization that convenes, inspires and supports businesses and community stakeholders to build a more sustainable and prosperous state for all. More information on NHBSR and upcoming events, resources and membership can be found at nhbsr.org.

You can learn more about the Slam or NHBSR by contacting Michelle Veasey at 603-377-8817 or michelle@nhbsr.org.

Overview Of SEC Proposed Climate-Related Disclosures Rules, FREE Webinar!

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A brief introduction to ESG reporting, climate-related disclosures, an overview of the SEC’s proposed rule, SEC explanatory timetables, an overview of required disclosures, SEC proposed requirements for voluntary actions, a timeline for compliance, etc. Presenter: Eric Amundsen, Senior Consultant

Civics Secures Democracy FREE Webinar

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NHBSR and Business for America are pleased to present a webinar on the urgent need for civics education. Panelists will discuss the business case for civics education, the state of civics education in NH, local efforts to improve and increase civics education, and the importance to the community and businesses.

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

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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

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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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