They went from nonexistent to now being everywhere: lactation suites, the standalone pods that enable new moms to nurse their babies in private, grew out of enlightened public policy that required accommodation for breastfeeding mothers. In 2013, Vermont entrepreneur Sascha Mayer launched Mamava, which offers “design solutions for nursing mothers on the go.” Mayer discusses the link between progressive policy and business, how lactation suites have become part of the public landscape, and how Mamava hopes to transform the culture of breastfeeding. “Nursing should be a right, not a privilege,” is a company motto. (May 15, 2019 broadcast)
We talk with two Vermont women who are leaders in sustainable businesses about the challenges faced by women in business and the unique voice that they bring: They join us from the VBSR Fall Conference at Mt. Snow:
Can capitalism solve the problems of capitalism? Can business be a force for good? Two pioneers of socially responsible business hold a public conversation and offer their experiences and views on these and other topics with The Vermont Conversation host David Goodman.This is an edited version of a Vermont Town Hall public conversation held on Sept. 26, 2014, at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe, Vt.
John Replogle, CEO of Seventh Generation, the #1 green business in the US, talks of the rewards, mistakes, roadblocks & the Next Big Thing in sustainable biz, and the unique challenges he has faced succeeding the company’s founder as CEO.
What is Victoria’s dirty secret? We discuss the global campaign to get toxins out of clothing with John Deans, director of Greenpeace Detox Fashion campaign. Greenpeace recently got Victoria‘s Secret (as well as Levi’s, Nike, Adidas, and 14 major global clothing brands) to remove toxins from their clothes. In the second half of the show I talk with Jeffrey Hollender, founder of Seventh Generation, co-chair of Greenpeace and a pioneer in sustainable business, about his second act after parting ways with the company he founded. He reveals his plans to launch a new company later this year, one that embodies the highest principles of social justice, equality, and transparency.