13th Socially Responsible Business Awards: White Wave Co-Founder Steve Demos to Keynote, Web Site Launched, Sponsorships Available

BALTIMORE, MD (June 13, 2007) – Things are gearing up for the annual event that embodies many of the ideals and sensibilities upon which the natural products industry is built. The 13th annual Socially Responsible Business Awards (SRBA) breakfast will be held on Friday, September 28, 2007, at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD, during Natural Products Expo East.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Steve Demos. His work taking soymilk mainstream is legendary, as is the growth and influence of White Wave, the company he built with partner Pat Calhoun. Steve’s experiences and observations about the industry and socially responsible business will make for fascinating listening.

The SRBA has launched a website which provides information on the event, including nomination criteria and nominee and sponsorship applications as well as information on socially responsible business, lists of past SRBA winners, presenters and sponsors and a photo gallery. Visit www.sociallyresponsibleawards.org for more information.

Sponsorship positions are now available for the 2007 SRBA Breakfast, which aligns companies and organizations with other like-minded businesses in supporting socially responsible and sustainable business practices and creates community around these issues. Sponsorship also provides companies with a powerful opportunity to promote their own socially responsible and sustainable initiatives to the natural products industry through pre-event marketing and promotion, on-site and online recognition, and post-show, trade-media editorial coverage. Sponsorship does not preclude a company from consideration for winning the award.

Levels of sponsorship:
Gold Associate Sponsor: $1,200
Award-presentation opportunity; logo on all promotional materials including website, invitations, banners, event program; premier food- donation visibility, premier mention and placement in news releases.

Silver Co-sponsor: $600
Logo placement on all promotional materials including website, invitations, banners, event program. Mention in news releases.

Bronze Co-sponsor: $350
Logo on program and mention in news releases

All co-sponsors are invited to donate food and beverage items to be served at the breakfast, which is free to all industry members.

This annual event honors the highest ideals applied to business practices. SRBA award recipients demonstrate exceptional track records in ethics, accountability, governance, employment practices, business relationships, financial return, products and services, community involvement and environmental protection. The keynote speaker is always a business leader at the forefront of the socially responsible business movement.

Golden Temple Bakery, manufacturer of Peace Cereals, and the Yogi Tea Company serve as main sponsors of the breakfast event. The SRBA volunteer staff are Gurudahn Singh Khalsa (Golden Temple), Jill Ettinger (Sunfood Nutrition), Frank Lampe (InnerDoorway) and Suzanne Shelton (Shelton Group PR).

For more information on sponsoring or nominating, please contact Jill Ettinger, 201-963-2365, [email protected] or visit www.sociallyresponsibleawards.org.

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