Priority Issues

New York Sustainable Business Council’s policy agenda spans the spectrum of issues core to building an equitable and sustainable clean energy economy in NYS.  We believe that advocacy for these issues is critical to achieving full participation in the new economy.

Join us for meetings on these topics in person and online.  You will have the opportunity to connect with like-minded New York State business leaders and also discuss these issues with elected officials in your home district or in Albany at NYSBC’s annual business summit. At our last summit, NYSBC business leaders spoke with elected officials in support of New York State legislative bills related to single payer healthcare, worker-owned cooperatives, wage theft, chemical disclosure, fracking waste, and fossil fuel divestment.

Energy, Environment and Climate

NYSBC supports state policies that limit fossil fuel development, reduce climate change and protect the environment. Related policies in 2017 include banning fracking waste transport, protecting drinking water, slowing the expansion of fracked gas infrastructure, putting a price on carbon and divesting NYS’s pension funds from the fossil fuel industry. To speed the transition to renewables, NYSBC supports the development of community solar, renewables and energy efficiency for all, incentives for geo-thermal energy and a reversal of the multi-billion dollar reinvestment (paid by ratepayers) in nuclear power.

Safer Chemicals

Our commitment to toxic chemical reform led to Companies for Safer Chemicals New York. NYSBC and ASBC (American Sustainable Business Council) cosponsored this initiative to form a coalition of  New York State businesses committed to advancing a safer, non-toxic marketplace. Learn more and sign on here.

As a member of the Just Green PartnershipNYSBC has advocated for the passage of a NYS toxic chemical reform bill known in previous legislative sessions as the Child Safe Product Act and currently as Parent’s Right to Know.  As of  late 2017, NYSBC is helping to move forward  NY’s efforts to implement the state’s Household Cleaning Products Disclosure guidance, in response to industry pushback.

In collaboration with Clean & Healthy NY, NYSBC is launching a new program called Business Leadership on Safer Materials. This educational initiative is designed to inspire change in production and procurement among participating businesses. If you are interested in this program for your business, please visit our Workshops page to learn more.


The NY Health Act would provide comprehensive universal healthcare, a single payer program paid into by employers and employees. Small business owners would benefit from stabilized and reduced healthcare costs for themselves and their staff, increasing competitiveness, productivity and healthy people in the workplace. If you are a business owner in New York State, we invite you to sign onto the “Business Owners Support New York Health” campaign, and please pass this invite to other business owners you know.  Sign on here.


Just Workplace and Small Business

NYSBC supported the successful effort for paid family leave that passed in 2016. For 2017, a major effort to prevent theft of wages, imperative for a just workplace, is embodied in a bill known as SWEAT (Securing Wages Against Earned Theft). The bill will help create a more level playing field for businesses that pay their employees legally and fairly.

Advocacy for the advancement of Worker Cooperatives is on NYSBC’s agenda for a second year.  Worker cooperatives, which address the inequality of income and opportunity, represent a growing sector of the sustainable economy.