March 19, 2014, 10:05 AM
Green Living Enterprises honoured as ‘Best for the World’ by nonprofit B Lab.

Green Living Enterprises honoured as ‘Best for the World’ by nonprofit B Lab.

92 Businesses Honored as ‘Best for the World’,
Creating Most Overall Positive Social and Environmental Impact

The Impact Economy is Global and Diverse:
Companies From 15 Countries and 31 Industries
Recognized As Leaders in Redefining Success in Business

 

March 19, 2014: Wayne, PA

 

Today, 92 companies worldwide were recognized for creating the most positive overall social and environmental impact by the nonprofit B Lab with the release of the third annual ‘B Corp Best for the World’ list. The ‘B Corp Best for the World’ list honors businesses that earned an overall score in the top 10% of all Certified B Corporations on the B Impact Assessment, a rigorous and comprehensive assessment of a company's impact on its workers, community, and the environment. Honorees were recognized among micro, small, and mid-sized businesses.

 

Highlighted companies include

  • CDI Lan, a Brazilian education and training company generating income and employability in low income communities through internet cafes, 
  • d.light design, a manufacturer and distributor of solar lighting and power products providing access to reliable, affordable, renewable energy for nearly 30 million people in 60 countries, and
  • Sunrise Banks, a Minnesota community bank supporting affordable housing, small business development, and not-for-profits.

 

The ‘Best for the World’ companies come from 31 different industries such as manufacturing, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and real estate.  A majority operate in a service industry, including 17 honorees in financial services and 15 in environmental consulting. 30% of honorees are based outside the US, with 15 companies operating in emerging markets such as Afghanistan, Kenya and Colombia. (Full list of honorees here)

 

“Employees, consumers, investors, and policy makers increasingly want to support companies that create a positive impact in the world and the Best for the World honorees are the best of the best,” said Jay Coen Gilbert, co-founder of B Lab, the nonprofit organization that certifies B Corporations and governs the independent third party standard used to generate the comparable assessment of corporate impact. “It’s particularly inspiring that 21% of the 2014 honorees are first time winners but long time B Corps. They’re winning the race to the top.”

 

Each honored company is a Certified B Corporation. They use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems and have met rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Today there are over 970 certified B Corporations, across 60 industries and 32 countries, unified by one common goal: to redefine success in business.

 

B Lab will release separate lists recognizing the companies ‘Best for the Environment’ (environmental impact), ‘Best for the Community’ (community impact), and ‘Best for Workers’ (employee impact) throughout 2014.


Full release available here.

March 18, 2014, 1:30 AM
Judging begins for the 2014 Canadian Green Car Award

Judging begins for the 2014 Canadian Green Car Award

Winner to be announced April 25 at the Green Living Show, Toronto

Toronto, ON—March 18, 2014

 

Sixteen vehicles, from a battery—powered compact to a family—friendly SUV, are in the running to be named the 2014 Canadian Green Car. Many of the country’s top automotive journalists are set to test them, and select the one with the greatest potential to benefit our environment. 

 

The 20 judges, some of most respected automotive journalists, will assess not only the contestants’ environmental attributes but also their overall consumer appeal, since vehicles will have a much greater “green” impact if they sell in large numbers. 

 

The vehicles are divided into five categories—battery-electric or fuel cell, plug-­in hybrid, conventional hybrid, efficient gasoline or diesel internal combustion, and efficient “family hauler” with at least three rows of seats. 

 

The category winners will be announced in mid-­April. After a further round of judging, one of those five will be crowned the Canadian Green Car Award winner at the annual Green Living Show, at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto; Friday, April 25. 

 

“Each year at the Green Living Show consumers have the opportunity to view and test drive the most innovative automotive technologies on the market,” says Laurie Simmonds, CEO, Green Living Enterprises which operates the Show and will host the Award ceremony. “The Canadian Green Car Award fits with our focus on helping consumers find the most attractive and fuel-­‐efficient solutions for their transportation needs. The judges face a difficult task since carmakers are providing an impressive array of green options. We hope the Award program will encourage them to do even more.”

 

This is the second year for the Award. Last year’s inaugural winner was the Ford Fusion hybrid.

 

In line with other global Green Car awards, judges nominated the vehicles, to ensure that every vehicle meeting basic entry criteria was considered and, in turn, make the Award a fair and useful guide for car buyers. The nominees were whittled down to the short list of 16, divided into the five categories.

 

The category and overall winners will be selected through a combination of factual data and judges’ assessments based on test drives, experience and manufacturers’ information.

 

The environmental benefits considered include fuel efficiency, tailpipe emissions, the use of sustainable or recyclable materials and measures taken by manufacturers to green their operations. Elements that influence consumer appeal include range, price, safety aids, comfort and connectivity features, performance, and build quality.

 

Here are this year’s contestants:

 

Battery Electric

  • Nissan Leaf
  • Tesla Model S
  • Ford Focus EV
  • Kia Soul EV

 

Plug-­in Hybrid

  • Cadillac ELR
  • Porsche Panamera E-­Hybrid
  • Ford C-­Max Energi

 

Hybrid

  • Honda Accord
  • Hybrid
  • Volkswagen Jetta Turbo
  • Hybrid
  • Infiniti Q50 Hybrid

 

Efficient Gasoline or Diesel Internal Combustion

  • Mazda3 (2.0‐litre, AT)
  • Chevrolet Cruze Diesel
  • Volkswagen Jetta TDI

 

Efficient Three-­Row Vehicle

  • Mazda5
  • Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid
  • Kia Rondo

 

For more details, visit the Award website at http://canadiangreencaraward.ca

 

Or contact:

 

Susan Elliott | susan.elliott@elliott-com.com | 905-­833-0826

Peter Gorrie | peter@petergorrie.ca

Eric Novak | eric@modernmediaperspectives.com

Michael Bettencourt | xlerator@rogers.com

 

For media inquires about the Award, please contact: Lisa Raffaele | lisa@punchcanada.com | 647-­837-­1265

 

For the press release, click here.

November 7, 2013, 2:18 PM
Winners Honoured at the 2013 Excellence in Corporate Responsibility Awards

Seventeen Companies and Individuals Recognized for their Commitment to Sustainable Business

November 6, 2013 (Toronto, ON) -- At the third annual ECR Awards’ sold-out event, hosted by BNN’s Howard Green, seventeen individuals and teams were named winners for their work in sustainability and ethical business practices. Attendees celebrated the work of the many Canadian business leaders dedicated to innovation and leadership in corporate social responsibility. Winners ranged from teams’ committed to managing risk in mining facilities, to greening Canadian homes, to an airplane manufacturer with a cradle-to-grave design philosophy, and many more.

 

The 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award was presented to Gord Lambert, Executive Advisor Sustainability and Innovation, Suncor. Gord has an impressive 30-year career, demonstrating leadership and innovation in the resource sector. His work driving collaboration and the sharing of research and technology, has led to an unprecedented improvement and advancement of sustainability in the oil sands.

 

Professionals from small, medium and large corporations across a range of industries were eligible to apply. A panel of experts conducted judging, with selection criteria based on leadership and innovation, performance and results, and process.

 

The Winners of the 2013 ECR Awards are:

  1. Small Business – Any Sector
    • Co- Founders, Mario Fiorucci and Tara Longo with team David Meli, Jonathan Abrahams, Paul Bradshaw, Candice Zaina, Maxine Knight, and Ryan Rudnickas, The Healthy Butcher
    Honourable Mention:
    • President, Christopher Curtis, Living Wall Concepts

  2. Technology, Information Technology and Telecommunications
    • Environmental Engineer, Isabellee Doucet, IBM Bromont Manufacturing Plant
    Honourable Mention:
    • President and CEO, Dan Seto, Circuit Meter Inc.

  3. Retail, Packaged Goods
    • Senior National Manager, Quality and Sustainability, Susan D’Souza, Staples Advantage Canada
    Honourable Mention:
    • CSR Manager, Kim Wilson, and CSR Advisor Jackie Leonard-Janes, Atlantic Lottery

  4. Transportation
    • Vice-President, Hélène V. Gagnon with team Bruce Parry, Kahina Oudjehani, Fassi Kafyeke, François Caza, and Jean Séguin, Bombardier Aerospace.

  5. Manufacturing
    • President and General Manager, Richard Kouwenhoven, Hemlock Printers Ltd.
    Honourable Mention:
    • Manager of Corporate Communications, Karen Shum, Catalyst Paper

  6. Professional Services and Consultants
    • Vice-President CSR, Kaz Flinn and team Gabriela Polanco-Sorto, Karen Mulchinock, Deborah Clark, and Tania Travierso, Scotiabank
    Honourable Mention:
    • Director of Corporate Responsibility, James Temple, PwC Canada

  7. Building, Design and Development (tie)
    • Director of Sustainability, Darryl Neate and team Andrew McAllan and Lachlan MacQuarrie, Oxford Properties
    • Director of Research, Kathy Wardle, Perkins+Will
    Honourable Mention:
    • President and CEO, Mazyar Mortazavi and team Ali Saneinejad, Stephen Hutchinson, Brandon Donnelly, Richelle Sibolboro, Emma Point, Jake Garrett, and Brian Rice, TAS Design Build

  8. Food and Agriculture
    • CEO, John Slack, Boreal Agrominerals Inc.

  9. Resource Sectors: Oil, Gas, Forestry and Mining
    • Stratos and The Mining Association of Canada—President, Stephanie Meyer and team George Greene, Michael van Aanhout, Jane Porter and Vicky Weekes, Stratos. President, Pierre Gratton, and team Ben Chalmers and Tara Shea, The Mining Association of Canada.

Photos and full descriptions of the winners’ achievements are detailed in the attached winners list and online at www.ecrawards.ca.

 

About the ECR Awards: The Excellence in Corporate Responsibility Awards program was created to honour and celebrate corporate Canadians for outstanding work and dedication towards creating sustainable and ethical practices within the business framework. It was developed by industry experts with deep knowledge of corporate responsibility within Canada. Collaborators include Green Living Enterprises, CIRAIG/Quantis, Sustainalytics, The Natural Step Canada, The Pembina Institute, Corporate Knights, SustainAbility and author Bob Willard. The 2013 judges were Heather Lang, Director, North American Research for Sustainalytics; Lorraine Smith, Director of SustainAbility; Chad Park, Executive Director and a founding member of The Natural Step Canada and Eli Angen, Senior Analyst, Corporate Consulting at The Pembina Institute.

 

For information about entering the 2014 ECR Awards, please contact Brenda Halkiw at 416-360-0044 x612 / bhalkiw@green-living.ca.

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