Businesses worldwide will recognize the environmental and economic value of abiding by environmental laws and business practices.
The mission of the Green Business Bureau is to foster environmental awareness among businesses and promote business practices that are both environmentally responsible and commercially beneficial. We serve as a national third-party program that provides certification for businesses that follow environmentally responsible practices.
We are firmly committed to these values and continuously seek to carry out our mission by:
- Serving both businesses and consumers by providing a trusted nationwide program for green businesses certification
- Supporting green businesses by recognizing their commitment to environmental responsibility
- Helping increase the visibility of green-certified businesses in the marketplace
- Promoting commerce and consumer loyalty to green businesses
- Guiding green businesses to reach their goals by providing a program of realistic initiatives that yield tangible benefits
- Developing a collaborative forum that encourages members to share their accomplishments and seek support from other green businesses
- Keeping our members informed about the latest environmental news and regulations that affect their businesses.
The Green Business Bureau is the place to turn to for the latest initiatives your business can take to become increasingly environmentally friendly. We provide unbiased standards and work diligently to give our members all the resource help they need to accomplish these tasks.
The Green Business Bureau is a trusted seal in the marketplace that says you are green – your customers and vendors will recognize and be encouraged to do business with you.
How It Started
The Green Business Bureau was started by a group of environmental and business professionals that recognized a need in the marketplace for a national, trusted, certification for small to medium sized businesses related to their business practices.
In these tough economic times, businesses are looking to not only protect the environment but also participate in the benefits of reduced energy and material costs. Being good to the environment is good for business. And the Green Business Bureau helps businesses excel and share their success along both dimensions.
While there are other certifications for green buildings (such as LEED) and for green products, there was not a robust system to help businesses go green step by step and gain credibility in the marketplace. That is why the Green Business Bureau was created.
The GBB executive team brings years of experience in operations, sales and marketing:
Marcos Cordero, Co-Founder, CEO. Marcos is a LEED Accredited Professional and has experience in the environmental and solar photovoltaic industries. Marcos joined the entrepreneurial ranks after a successful career in management consulting; he was a Manager in the Strategy and Operations Group at Deloitte Consulting, a top-tier management consulting group where he worked with Fortune 500 clients on their most challenging business issues. His studies include an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a mechanical engineering degree from MIT.
Ashok Kamal, VP. Ashok’s career as a social entrepreneur spans the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, including launching a green social media marketing company, leading a youth development organization, and working on Newsweek magazine’s inaugural Green Rankings while at KLD Research & Analytics, the pioneering sell-side firm for socially responsible investors. Ashok holds a BA in Sociology and Environmental Analysis & Policy from Boston University and a master’s in Nonprofit Management from Milano The New School. He earned his MBA in Entrepreneurship from Baruch College’s Honors program, where he served as President of the Sustainable Business Club, Baruch’s Net Impact chapter. Ashok’s writings on sustainability are regularly featured on leading websites and he is a frequent public speaker at events such as the White House’s GreenGov Symposium, South by Southwest, Gamification Summit and Sustainable Brands. He is also a board member of the Entertainers 4 Education Alliance and volunteers for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE).
Jamie Clem, Member Services Director. Jamie Clem joined the Green Business Bureau Team in June 2009. Initially in a sales/business development capacity, taking excellent care of GBB’s members has always been important to Jamie, thus moving from sales to after-sales service was a natural transition. As GBB’s Member Services Director, Ms. Clem brings more than a decade of documented success to this vital role. A citizen of the world, Jamie was born in Holland and educated in Singapore and Scotland. She has a BA from Oklahoma Baptist University in Radio, TV and Film.
Frank Vega, Co-Founder, Sales and Marketing Advisor. Founder and President of NSS since its inception in October, 2001. Prior to launching NSS, Mr. Vega founded several other marketing companies, the most recent of which, Monsterbook.com, was sold to Transmedia Asia Pacific in May 2000. Mr. Vega has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Florida. Mr. Vega is a member of the Entrepreneurs Organization and currently holds the position of President for the Houston chapter.