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We are excited to announce that Samson Rope, Kombucha Town, and Mallard Ice Cream submitted the winning proposals to receive free in-depth sustainability reporting services from the Sustainable Business Development Program!  Integrative reporting had been a developing trend which incorporates appropriate sustainability information alongside financial information and provides organizations with a broad perspective of how to improve holistically.

Mark, our Sustainable Business Development Program Manager will be working closely with each business, providing assistance at each step of the sustainability reporting process, and helping create a detailed plan of action to address opportunities and challenges found along the way. Though sustainability reporting can be considered non-financial, tracking and implementation of sustainability practices often leads to stronger financial performance and a healthier business overall.

A specific focus area for this reporting service will also be employee wellness and community interaction, as happy and healthy employees contribute to a high functioning workplace and the betterment of our community at large! All of the participating businesses in this pilot program are committed to sustainable practices and the process of continuous improvement.

It’s clear that we have always been lucky to have strong sustainability business leaders here in Whatcom County, and the three businesses chosen are no exception. Owner Chris McCoy from Kombucha Town is excited to build upon the work they have started, saying: “We are very grateful and honored to be a recipient of this work. It will further enable us to reinforce our commitment to sustainable community development and high quality low impact products.” Patricia Boteler, Employee Engagement Manager for Samson added, “while Samson has made great strides in sustainability, we realize that reporting is the next important step to fully realize our hope of leading the community in sustainable business practices.  We thank the Whatcom Community Foundation and Sustainable Connections for offering this support, and we look forward to working together on this venture.”

We would also like to say thank you to the Whatcom Community Foundation for the grant that made this work possible and encourage anyone else interested in sustainability tracking and reporting to contact Mark for future opportunities.

Marks Contact Info:
Mark@sustainableconnections.org
360-647-7093 x116

 

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