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This annual event recognizes and honors for-profit businesses in the Tampa Bay Area that engage in practices that not only increase economic opportunities but also improve the environment and community. Since 2008, more than 100 Tampa Bay area businesses have been award winners, including Mosaic, Xerox, Sykes, and Suncoast Credit Union. The awards also shed light on lesser-known businesses that are practicing sustainability, from farms to accounting firms.
Winners are recognized for contributions in building a sustainable economy in Tampa Bay, while embracing the “triple bottom line” — advancing the interests of people, planet, and profit through innovative practices, products, and services.
The criteria for a Sustainable Business Award are:
15 years ago, a non-profit organization known as the Earth Charter US was launched through the vision and persuasion of a woman named Jan Roberts. That organization ultimately became part of The Sustany® Foundation, bringing attention to businesses that have embraced the triple bottom line.
Jan Roberts is an agent for cultural change, sustainability expert, professor, speaker, and author. She participated in the drafting of the Earth Charter, a global agreement for a sustainable future that came out of a UN conference in 1987. She also served as a delegate to the United Nations Sustainable Development Commission. During that time she served on the Education Caucus, which was charged with lobbying the Nation State delegates to include the development and implementation of educational and public awareness programs on climate change.
Throughout her career, through countless endeavors, Jan Roberts has shared her commitment to sustainability with her community and the world. In recognition of her leadership and guidance, several years ago we established the Jan Roberts Sustainable Business Leadership Award. The award honors a Tampa Bay area company that has demonstrated longstanding support for corporate sustainability initiatives.
The Innovative Award is given to highlight a company whose sustainability practices are especially unique and creative.
Open to the public, this awards luncheon draws a packed house of guests, including business leaders from throughout Tampa Bay, past award winners, and sustainability professionals. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased online at The Sustany Foundation website; stay tuned for ticket information and more for this year’s event. Tickets include networking, catered lunch, keynote presentation, and awards.
If your company or a company you know is a good citizen of the Tampa Bay Community in practicing excellent economic, social and environmental responsibility, contact us to nominate them today for consideration to receive a Sustainable Business Award.