GoodWeave Board Members Honored for Activism and Social Entrepreneurship

GoodWeave USA would like to congratulate board members Dan Viederman and Robin Broad for recent awards recognizing their ground-breaking work as social entrepreneurs and activists.

Dan Viederman, CEO of Verité, was named U.S. Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. Verité is an international non-profit consulting, training, and research organization that has been a leader in supply social responsibility and sustainability for 15 years. “This award is an opportunity to get our solutions into the hands of more people who can use them,” says Dan, “especially multinationals and their suppliers who have solvable problems in their supply chains.” As a selected social entrepreneur, Dan will participate in various initiatives connected to the World Economic Forum, helping shape the future agendas of global industries.

Robin Broad, a professor in American University’s School of International Service, was named Activist/Artist of the month by the Culture Works Collective for her recent article in The Nation. The article, based on original field research Robin conducted with her husband John Cavanaugh, focuses on the epic battle in El Salvador against gold mining and for clean water.  The Culture Works Collective is a network of over 5,000 esteemed artists and activists around the world; its organizing committee includes singer Peter Seeger; Kevin Knobloch, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists; and Gus Speth, former dean of Yale University’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

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