Shaklee Honored for Corporate Sustainability EffortsCompany: Shaklee Corporation
~ First company in the world to be Climate Neutral™ certified receives prestigious awards for environmental leadership ~
Pleasanton, Calif. - Shaklee Corporation, the leading natural nutrition company in the United States, is pleased to announce two new environmental awards for that honor the company's sustainable business practices. In April, Breathe California presented Shaklee with theClean Air Award for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions. And, on May 28, the company was awarded with the Acterra Business Award for Sustainability.
"Shaklee has been committed to environmental stewardship for over 50 years, and we are honored to be recognized for our efforts," says Shaklee Chairman and CEO, Roger Barnett. "Our company was created with a mission to make people and the planet healthier-values that are more relevant now than ever before. Today, this mission remains deeply engrained in the 750,000 Shaklee Eco-Entrepreneurs™ around the world, guiding them as they positively impact the health of our families and planet through our sustainable business model," he adds.
Shaklee received the 2009 Business Award for Sustainability from Acterra.During Acterra's rigorous three-month judging process that involved 25 regional environmental and sustainability experts, Shaklee presented the panel with highlights from its 50 year sustainability portfolio which includes pioneering leadership in greenhouse gas emissions reductions, long term commitment to environmentally friendly products, environmental advocacy through partnerships with leading NGO's, and through community advocacy through Shaklee's 750,000 eco-entrepreneurs.
"Shaklee emerged as the winner in a field of very fine and qualified candidates due to its exceptional achievements in each Business Environmental Awards category, the combination of which forms our top award for sustainability," says Norm Ploss, Business Environmental Awards judging team captain. "They lead in corporate environmental awareness, proving green and sustainable is a successful business model; Shaklee Corporation is a standout on all accounts."
Breathe California awarded Shaklee the 2009 Clean Air Award for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions because of Shaklee's pioneering leadership in achieving a net-zero carbon footprint. In 2000, Shaklee became the first company in the world to be Climate Neutral™ certified to totally offset its greenhouse gas emissions, resulting in a net-zero impact on the environment. Achieving another first, in 2007, Shaklee became the first consumer products company to offset 100% of its greenhouse gas emissions through the U.S.EPA Climate Leaders program and use 100% green power.
As part of an active and continuous environmental mission, Shaklee has celebrated the following recent sustainable accomplishments:
- On Earth Day, April 22, 2009, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Wangari Maathai, Global Ambassador of the Shaklee A Million Trees. A Million Dreams.™ campaign, took part in a tree-planting ceremony with Shaklee CEO and Chairman Roger Barnett at Shaklee World Headquarters in Pleasanton, Calif., to commemorate the company's monumental achievement of planting 1 million trees in just 3 years.
- The EPA Green Power Partnership named Shaklee to the EPA Top 20 Retail Partner List in 2008 to recognize the company as a top purchaser of green power.
- Shaklee's partnership with Millennium Promise, an organization that prototypes ways to implement United Nations' Millennium Development Goals, facilitated direct emissions reductions by providing sustainable solar energy to electrify villages in Malawi, Africa.
- Sales from Shaklee's best-selling Get Clean Starter kit eliminated 88 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions this year.
“Fifty years ago, Shaklee's founder defined a new market space around natural, non-polluting products. Today, environmental thinking is embedded in everything Shaklee does, from sourcing biodegradable ingredients to offsetting the greenhouse gas emissions from sales conventions," said Dan Esty, co-author of Green to Gold & Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy and Director of the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale University.
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About Breathe California
Breathe California is dedicated to fighting lung disease, advocating for clean air, and advancing public health. For more than a century, Breathe California has addressed the most serious health threats of our time through grass-roots programs that empower individual, institutional, and community change for better breathing and healthier living.
Acterra is a nonprofit organization with a 38-year history of environmental leadership and programming in and around Silicon Valley. Acterra's events, resources, and programs involve and educate individuals and communities about a broad range of environmental issues.
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About Shaklee Corporation
Founded more than 50 years ago, Shaklee has been a leading provider of premium-quality natural nutrition products, personal care products, and environmentally friendly home care products. In 2000, Shaklee became the first company in the world to be Climate Neutral™ certified to totally offset its CO2 emissions, resulting in a net-zero impact on the environment. With a robust product portfolio, including over 50 patents and patents pending worldwide, Shaklee has more than 750,000 Members and Distributors worldwide and operates in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, and China. For information about Shaklee, visit: www.HealthAndWealth.biz