About Better World Club
Better World Club, Inc. is dedicated to balancing economic goals with social and environmental responsibility. Better World Club supports a cleaner environment and alternative modes of transportation. We provide our customers with high quality, good value and environmentally sensitive products and services:
We act as an advocate on behalf of the consumer and demonstrate our social and environmental commitment by donating an amount equal to 1% of our annual revenues toward environmental clean-up and advocacy and by providing unique eco-friendly travel alternatives.
History - Ohio Boys Make Good
Todd Silberman and Mitch Rofsky met forty years ago in an Ohio Cub Scout troop. Little did they know that someday they would create Better World Services, Inc. Wouldn't their den mother be proud? (There's so much more to tell about Todd and Mitch in their youth: from academic honors to the culture of the 1960s—you know about the 1960’s don’t you? But we thought you'd be most interested in the Cub Scout story.)
Better World Club's founders worked their way through law school in the 70s, Todd as a travel agent, Mitch with winnings from game shows like the Joker's Wild. Upon graduating, Todd sensed the airline industry beginning to deregulate. He seized the opportunity and co-founded the third largest travel agency in the U.S. before selling it to American Express in the early 90s. Todd was an innovator at the cutting edge of the fast evolving industry.
Meanwhile, Mitch selflessly dedicated himself to the public interest, working for Ralph Nader's Public Citizen —(this was Nader well before he became a politician). He later helped to provide the initial financing for the socially responsible Working Assets Mutual Fund and became its President in 1991. He was the first chair of Business for Social Responsibility, and in 1996 founded just such a progressive business, American Consumer Insurance which is now Better World Insurance, Cambridge MA.
The Right Idea at the Right Time
While test marketing the insurance program in Massachusetts, Mitch was approached by environmentalists who were fighting AAA on issues like Clean Air and Mass Transit. Mitch thought there was an opportunity to compete with AAA as well and Todd agreed. But there was work to do. Better World Club has grown through the efforts of a committed staff whose dedication to social responsibility spans every aspect of travel -- whether when from flying around the world, renting a cottage in Ireland, or riding a bike to work.
Where are we now: A Brief History of BWC’s Advocacy
In 2013 we:
Asked congress to close a $100 billion corporate tax loophole.
Supported Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program
Supported California’s continued efforts towards a 3-foot passing rule for bike safety.
Advocated for non-corn ethanol production
Sponsored The World Naked Bike Ride in Portland, OR.
Encouraged members to participate in Bike To Work week.
Spoken out against and asked members to oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline.
In 2012, we:
Protested the Citizen’s United ruling by signing a "Business Statement
In Support of Government by the People," along with leaders from Seventh
Generation, Patagonia, Ben and Jerry's, Utne Reader, and Green America.
Began offering bicycle accident and liability insurance to help protect cyclists nationwide.
Helped fund and publicize a project to transform used tires into trail-paving material.
In 2011, we:
Supported Senate Bill 910, a bill that would have amended the CA Vehicle code to require
drivers to give bicyclists at least three feet of clearance when passing.
Joined with the American Sustainable Business Council to oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline.
In 2010, we opposed Prop. 23, which would have suspend California's greenhouse gas
In 2009, we joined the American Sustainable Business Council.
In 2008, we:
Helped protest anti-environmental lobbying by Toyota.
Were the first auto club to publicly acknowledge and offer partner benefits
to LGBT couples.
Urged the EPA to update lead emissions standards.
In 2007, we:
Joined the Biodiesel Alliance.
Supported a Massachusetts proposal to legalize Pay-by-the-Mile auto insurance.
In 2005, we:
Testified in support of legislation requiring the state of Oregon to regulate
the greenhouse gas emissions of automobiles.
Joined Oregon’s Task Force on Automobile Emissions to help implement
tougher emission rules.