Spencer Putnam has been named the new Executive Director of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. Putnam was formerly the General Manager of Danforth Pewterers and Vice President of Operations at Vermont Teddy Bear Company.“Now, more than ever, business people need to think beyond the bottom line. We’ve seen what happens when people focus on the short-term gains of a values-less marketplace. The most successful companies have learned how to integrate profit with concern for their environment, community and workforce,” said Putnam. “Vermont companies have known this for years.”Founded 12 years ago by companies such as Ben & Jerry’s, Seventh Generation and Gardeners Supply Co., VBSR is the oldest and largest regional organization of socially responsible companies in the country. Over 400 business members are committed to the organization’s mission “to set a high standard for protecting the natural, human and economic environments” of Vermont’s citizens.Putnam replaces Jane Campbell, who has served as executive director for 10 years. “ Spence has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to social and economic justice, both professionally and in his personal life. He is a great choice to take VBSR to the next phase of socially responsible business.