Students Learn about Social Responsibility and the TRIPLE bottom line

On Thursday, Julie Lineberger, former Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) Chair, instructor and activist shared knowledge and advice to the Business Management class at the Southwest Vermont Career Development Center on socially responsible business plans and the triple bottom line movement in Vermont and worldwide. The class had an opportunity to get first-hand advice on ways to increase sales to the student store following major changes towards healthy food products sold at the store. Beyond the health impacts, carrying locally produced, sustainably made products has a positive impact on our community and has engaged the students in understanding global impacts of corporate practices in manufacturing of products.
Students learned about business models like B-Corporations, L3C’s and Co-operatives as alternate models that are available to create bridges between the for-profit and non-profit models in the business world. These models push the concepts of “corporate giving” to another level through policies and values that reach every part of their business operations from employee relations to vendor contracts.

The CDC class is partnering with ACT this academic school year in the development of a business plan and recommendations for income generating strategies to sustain ACT initiatives and goals. This project is hopes to seek consideration for inclusion in the Southshire Challenge program. VBSR’s presentation is one of many opportunities local youth will have to use their talents, skills and passions to help transform our communities!

Julie Lineberger from Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility presents to the Business Mangement class at the CDC
Julie Lineberger from Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility presents to the Business Mangement class at the CDC

VBSR Presentation

On Not Becoming Attached to the Outcome

Tend to your gardens in life. Photo credit: bforbel.com
Tend to your gardens in life. Photo credit: bforbel.com
Hello! I posted this on my Facebook…felt right to share it here.

Remaining unattached to the outcome does not mean that we become a victims of circumstance. No, in fact, we are here for a divine purpose and are asked to live each day with a goal of giving our ultimate best so that the path can be clearly laid out for us and shown to us. Do not let your gardens become overgrown believing that the sun will shine as it should where it should without any work on our part. We each are the gardener and our purpose is to promote as much light and growth as possible so that the other life forms in our care can fulfill their special purpose in the cycle of life. It takes a faithful heart to believe that ultimately, our good work will indeed bear beautiful fruit as long as we continue to do as we are called. This is on my mind today and I just wanted to share my thoughts with you. Be well and walk in love everyone. ~ Kiah