Rainforest Alliance Announces 2012 Gala Honorees, Recognizing Leadership in Sustainability
New York - The Rainforest Alliance, an international sustainability nonprofit, is proud to announce the companies that will receive Sustainable Standard-Setter awards on May 16 at a gala event in New York City. The awards honor businesses and individuals that champion conservation, protect the environment and support local communities.
“For the past 25 years, the Rainforest Alliance has worked hard to transform land, lives and livelihoods across the globe, and we are very proud of our accomplishments,” said Tensie Whelan, president of the Rainforest Alliance. “Our anniversary gala awards ceremony provides us with the opportunity to recognize companies that have worked hard alongside us to promote environmental and social responsibility.”The 2012 Sustainable Standard-Setter honorees are:
Posada Amazonas Lodge by Rainforest Expeditions
- Blommer Chocolate Company
- Fazendas Reunidas Vale do Juliana SA
- Federation of Community Forestry Users, Nepal
- Global Environment Facility
- La Arboleda Community Mill
- Marks and Spencer Group plc
- The Nabob Coffee Company
- Posada Amazonas Lodge by Rainforest Expeditions
Teeming with monkeys and more than 850 species of birds, the Madre de Dios region of Peru is a popular destination for adventurers. It is also home to the community-owned Posadas Amazonas Lodge -- a rustic, comfortable inn with spacious, airy rooms and biodiversity-rich surroundings. The Rainforest Alliance Verified™ lodge hires from within the community, and sources locally produced goods whenever possible.
Since joining our verification program, the lodge has implemented:
- A biodegradable sanitation system
- Reduced air and water pollution by purchasing eco-friendly boats
- Improved waste management
- Conducted extensive training in sustainable management.
These practices make Posada Amazonas an leader of sustainability and ecotourism and an example for other businesses to follow.About the Rainforest Alliance
The Rainforest Alliance was established 25 years ago with the goal of conserving biodiversity and promoting sustainable livelihoods. By ensuring that sustainably managed lands are profitable for both businesses and communities, the Rainforest Alliance helps farmers, forest managers and tourism businesses realize the greater economic benefits that result from conserving neighboring ecosystems and providing workers with training, safe work conditions, proper sanitation, health care and decent housing. Once businesses have met specified environmental, social and economic standards, the Rainforest Alliance links them to the global marketplace, where the demand for sustainably produced goods is on the rise.
The Rainforest Alliance works with people whose livelihoods depend on the land, helping them transform the way they grow food, harvest wood and host travelers. From large multinational corporations to small, community-based cooperatives, businesses and consumers worldwide are involved in the Rainforest Alliance’s efforts to bring responsibly produced goods and services to a global marketplace where the demand for sustainability is growing steadily. For more information, visit www.rainforest-alliance.org