Washington DC – The Eighth Annual Socially Responsible Business Awards were presented Saturday, October 5, 2002 from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM at the Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel, 999 Ninth Street NW, Washington DC during Natural Products Expo East.
Award winners for 2002 are:
Indigenous Designs, Santa Rosa, CA (www.indigenousdesigns.com), La Siembra Co-operative, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (www.lasiembra.com), Seventh Generation, Burlington, VT (www.seventhgeneration.com) Tom’s of Maine, Kennebunk, ME (www.tomsofmaine.com).
The 2002 Keynote Speaker will be Gary Erickson, CEO and owner of Clif Bar Inc. of Berkeley, CA.
The purpose of the awards is to recognize and award businesses and individuals in the natural products trade who have shown exemplary effort to promote and practice socially responsible business and to promote an under-standing and appreciation within the business community with respect to socially responsible business practices.This annual event is sponsored by Golden Temple, Peace Cereals, Sunshine Spa and Yogi Tea.
2002 cosponsors include: Acirca, Inc., Albert’s Organics, Inc., Aubrey Organics, Inc., Clif Bar Inc., Co-op America, Country Choice Naturals, Ecover Inc., Equal Exchange, Frontier Natural Brands, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Guayaki Sustainable Rainforest Products, Internatural Foods LLC, Lightlife Foods, Morinaga Nutritional Foods, Natural Business Communication/LOHAS, New England Natural Bakers, New Hope Natural Media, Organic Trade Association, Organic Valley/CROPP, Presence Marketing/Dynamic Presence Inc., SGN Marketing, Social Venture Network, Springfield Creamery, Stonyfield Farm Inc., The Shelton Group PR, Tom’s of Maine, Trinity Springs, Ltd., Turtle Island Foods, Inc., United Natural Foods Inc., and Wild Oats Market.
2002 award Judges: Diane Joy Goodman, Mary Ellen Molyneaux, James Nixon, Chris O’Brien, Morris Shriftman, and Joe Smillie.###
Profiles of Award Winners
Indigenous Designs Corporation – Indigenous Designs is revolutionizing the clothing market by establishing ecological sustainability as the measure of success. The company protects the environment by replacing toxic, non-sustainable synthetics with organic natural fibers and dyes, while following fair trade principles. Thereby, weaving together a commitment to connect ecology, cultural preservation and social justice.,p> La Siembra Co-operative – La Siembra Co-op is a leading North American fair trade organization offering consumers high-quality, certified fair trade organic products that contribute to improving the livelihoods of family farmers and the well being of communities at home and abroad. Since its inception in 1999, this worker co-operative has promoted a socially responsible business model based on dialogue, transparency, respect and fairness. In January 2002, La Siembra Co-op introduced North America’s first certified fair trade and organic cocoa product line including chocolate bars, hot cocoa mix and cocoa powder. In addition to being a leader in fair trade and organics, La Siembra Co-op further distinguishes itself by its commitment to co-operative development and consumer education.
Seventh Generation – Seventh Generation is the nation’s leading brand of non-toxic and environmentally safe household products. With distribution in thousands of natural product and grocery stores nationwide, they have become the authority when it comes to household products that protect health and the planet. Seventh Generation derives their name from the Iroquois belief that “In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.”
Tom’s of Maine – For more than 30 years, Tom’s of Maine has been creating safe, effective products sourced in nature. Although the company has grown by leaps and bounds, they continue to be guided faithfully by one simple notion – do what is right, for our customers, employees, communities and environment. Tom’s of Maine demonstrates this in their products and packaging, and by donating 10% of their profits and 5% of their employee’s paid time to charitable organizations.