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15th Socially Responsible Business Awards Issues Call For Nominations, Sponsors

Social responsibility is an inherent value in the natural products industry, and each year the Socially Responsible Business Awards (SRBA) serves as a reminder and celebration of these core values. This year, the 15th annual SRBA will be presented Thursday, September 24, 2009, at a free breakfast event at Natural Products Expo East in the Boston Convention Center.

Keynote Speaker
The keynote speech, always a high point of the Expo, will be given this year by Nature’s Path Organic Foods President and founder Arran Stephens with his family. When invited to deliver the SRBA keynote Stephens said: “With my wife Ratana by my side, I accept the invitation with humility. I would like to have my son Arjan and daughter Jyoti present with me, as they represent the next generation of organic family business. I believe that together, our story will have greater impact and interest.”

Nominations Open
Additionally, nominations are now open for this year’s SRBA awards. Any company in the supply chain of the natural products channel is eligible, and all industry members are invited to nominate candidates.

When a company is nominated, it is contacted by SRBA to provide supporting information, from which a panel of independent judges chose the winners. All nomination submissions must be delivered to the SRBA office no later than July 31, 2009. As the process is fairly substantial, it is suggested that nominations be submitted early to give the candidates time to develop their applications.

Nomination forms and judging criteria may be downloaded from the SRBA web site: or contact Jill Ettinger, [email protected], 305.797.5455.

The annual awards are granted to up to five companies that have demonstrated excellence in integrating social responsibility in multiple aspects of their businesses. The contestants are judged in six categories: Community Involvement, Education, Health, Employee Empowerment, Environment, and Sourcing.

Sponsorships Now Available
SRBA sponsorships, which are now available at three affordable levels, demonstrate a commitment to honoring and celebrating the core values of socially responsible business. As an all-volunteer organization, the SRBA commits all sponsorship proceeds to direct costs incurred to produce the free awards breakfast. Sponsors enjoy a number of benefits, including mentions in all promotional materials. Logos are displayed at the event and on the website and other materials, and product donations are encouraged. Sponsor forms are available on the web site or contact Jill Ettinger, [email protected], 305.797.5455.

About the Socially Responsible Business Awards
Golden Temple of Oregon, manufacturer of Peace Cereals and Golden Temple Bulk Granola, and the Yogi Tea Company serve as the main sponsors of the event. Past co-sponsors have included: Aubrey Organics, Barbara's Bakery, Boca Burger, Co-op America, Discovery-Planet Green, Frontier Natural Products, Guayaki, Herbalist & Alchemist, Horizon Organic, InnoVision Health Media, Lightlife Foods, Mexi-Snax, Nancy’s Cultured Dairy and Soy, New Hope Natural Media, North Castle Partners, NOW Foods, Once Again Nut Butter, Organic Valley/CROPP, Seventh Generation, Smucker Quality Beverages, Social Venture Network, Steaz, Stonyfield Farm, Tom's of Maine, Traditional Medicinals, Tree of Life, United Natural Foods, White Wave , and many more companies large and small, that all share a commitment to socially responsible business practices.

The SRBA is managed by a volunteer staff that includes: Gurudhan Singh Khalsa of Golden Temple, Jill Ettinger, Frank Lampe of InnoVision Health Media, and Suzanne Shelton of Shelton Group PR.

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