Networking in New Hampshire: NHBSR Event

Attention New Hampshire readers: NH Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR) is hosting their annual member social at the end of the month, and you’re invited to attend:

NHBSR’s Member Social
Tuesday, November 30th, 5p-8p
Brady Sullivan Plaza, 1000 Elm Street, Manchester

NHBSR’s focus is on building and supporting a network of businesses (such as Timberland) committed to adopting socially-responsible business practices.  And as an ever-growing number of businesses are discovering the integral link between social responsibility and the bottom line, organizations like NHBSR are more important than ever.

This annual event will attract 100+ business professionals and promises to deliver valuable education, networking and promotional opportunities.  And if that’s not enough, the evening will include delicious food and locally-made beer and wine.

For more information and to register for the event, click here.

  • Molly

    thanks Timberland for helping NHBSR spread the word about this great event! For those that want to network with like minded business leaders around CSR & Sustainability – this is the place!

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  • Michael Jordan

    First let me say I’m a big fan of what Timberland is doing! I zeroed in on your comment about the progress you are making in retail store energy efficiency. I’ve observed that this is an area where companies are being a little cautious – seeing a tradeoff between branding in stores and efficiency in energy or other resources. Have you cracked the code on this? What’s your secret??

  • Betsy Blaisdell, Timberland

    Great question Michael. We had to do quite a bit of testing before we made the switch to technologies that were more energy-efficient. The concern was that our “boot sparkle” (yes – that is a technical term around here that is taken very seriously ;) !) would decline with more energy-efficient lighting. Also, some of the LED light bulb manufacturers wouldn’t provide a long-term warrantee for their products’ performance. The good news was that piloting in a couple of stores (including our store at our HQ) allowed us to demonstrate to that we not only could achieve compelling cost savings, but better “boot sparkle” as well. The light quality had a more comforting vs. blaring feel that our employees preferred. Our suppliers worked with us to improve the warranty. Doubts were quelled and now we are enjoying a greater than 30% savings in electricity use in the US stores we retrofitted (almost all of them). We’re so sold on LEDs that we’re even loaning them to employees so they can test the light at home before purchasing them. Our supplier even agreed to extend our corporate discount to employees!

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