Future 500 Joins the San Francisco Green Chamber of Commerce
The Green Chamber of Commerce is excited to welcome new member, Future 500 to the San Francisco Green Chamber of Commerce.
“At Future 500, we work principally to align the interests of large companies with their NGO stakeholders. But there are vast numbers of small to medium-size businesses in our backyard doing innovative sustainability work,” stated Erik Wohlgemuth, COO of The Future 500. “San Francisco is ground zero for the sustainability movement in the U.S. and not surprisingly, the SF Green Chamber of Commerce was the country’s first Green Chamber. We are thrilled to support the interests of our local green businesses.”
“We have focused on big business because of their financial and political power; by aligning their interests with those of strategically influential NGOs, we effect dramatic change,” added Future 500 President & CEO, Bill Shireman. “But we must also harness the catalytic innovation emerging from small to medium size businesses. Because we are unable to engage all those companies, we seek out strategic partnerships to channel their dynamism. Last year, Future 500 joined forces with the rapidly growing American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) to share our insights on right-left, corporate-NGO alignment and advance mutual objectives on a host of sustainability issues at the state and national level. This year, we are joining forces with the SF Green Chamber of Commerce, the leading green chamber in the U.S., to assist their efforts as they help spearhead a rapidly growing network of sustainable business advocates across the country.”
“Having Future 500 in the fold is invaluable,” said Risa De Ferrari, Executive Director of the San Francisco Green Chamber of Commerce. “Their team of experts can quickly identify root causes of sustainability challenges. They are unique in their sustainability advocacy by identifying systemic solutions that align cross-partisan and cross-sector stakeholder interests. They roll up their sleeves, proactively seeking out dialogue with the other side to find the common ground that eludes so many. They will be a great non-profit contributor to the Green Chamber.”
About The Future 500
The Future 500 is dedicated to building bridges between the world’s top companies and its most impassioned sustainability advocates. Their primary avenue for building these bridges is through stakeholder engagement. Future 500 believes the most effective way to balance economic, social, and environmental objectives is by bringing together corporations with critical stakeholders in sustainability. Future 500′s main office is in San Francisco with affiliate offices in Beijing and Tokyo and is supported by an extensive network of correspondents, advisers, and senior fellows worldwide.
Kathrin Jansen, Marketing Manager
The Future 500
kjansen @ future500.org
415 294 7775
About the SF Green Chamber of Commerce
Founded in 2008 in the San Francisco Bay Area as a 501(c)6 non-profit organization, The Green Chamber of Commerce is a growing and diverse business network focused on building an honest economy and championed triple bottom line business. With over 250 sustainable businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area are Green Chamber members, and we are actively recruiting to continually expand our membership base.
Risa De Ferrari, Executive Director
Green Chamber of Commerce
risa @ greenchamberofcommerce.net
415 250 3017
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