BALTIMORE, MD (October 5, 2006) – The 12th Annual Socially Responsible Business Awards, given Friday morning, October 6, 2006 at the Baltimore Convention Center, went to Manitoba Harvest, Hemp Foods and Oils; Sambazon, Brazilian Acai Products; and Herb Pharm Organic & Wildcrafted Herbal Extracts
Michael Funk, industry veteran and CEO of the industry’s largest distributor, United Natural Foods, shared his well-honed perspectives on the state of socially responsible business, integrity and standards as well as providing some real-life stories from the front lines of the natural products industry in his keynote lecture: “Socially Responsible Business 2006: Perspectives on CSR, Integrity and Standards.” Funk was introduced by industry veteran Frank Lampe.
Gurudhan Khalsa, National Sales Manager for Golden Temple, Yogi Tea and Sunshine Spa, served as master of ceremonies. The awards were presented by David Taylor, president of the Natural Products Association (formerly NNFA); Jill Ettinger, Sunfood Nutrition; and Suzanne Shelton, president of Shelton Group PR.
Spirit Voyage recording artist Snatam Kaue Khalsa provided the musical entertainment.
SRBA recipients demonstrate exceptional track records in ethics, accountability, governance, employment practices, business relationships, financial return, products and services, community involvement and environmental protection.
Golden Temple Bakery, the manufacturer of Yogi Tea, Peace Cereals and bulk granola, organized and sponsored the annual breakfast event along with Yogi Tea and Sunshine Spa. 2006 Co-sponsors included New Hope Natural Media, NOW Foods, Dr. Bronner, Dogoba, Steaz, White Wave, Horizon Organic Dairy, the Shelton Group PR and John Beske Communications.