Eight Tampa Bay Companies Earn Sustainable Business Awards
The awards are from the Sustany Foundation and University of Tampa Center for Ethics.
TAMPA – Eight Tampa Bay businesses are helping lead the commitment to social, economic and environmental responsibility.
They will be honored at the ninth annual Sustainable Business Awards luncheon at at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday (June 7) at the University of Tampa’s Crescent Club on the ninth floor of the Vaughn Center, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Presented by the Sustany Foundation and the University of Tampa Center for Ethics, the Sustainable Business Award ceremony is an annual event that recognizes 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. University of Tampa students, under the guidance of Sykes College of Business faculty, developed an evaluation process to determine the winners based primarily on Global Reporting Initiative Guidelines.
Criteria for a Sustainable Business Award include being:
- a company that strives to be a good citizen of the Tampa Bay community through programs to improve work environment, employee benefits, community infrastructure and charitable outreach programs;
- a company with economic performance that contributes to the overall economic health of Tampa Bay through local hiring or purchasing, product/service innovation based on customer needs, employment growth and reinvestment; and
- a company that is engaged in contributing to the environmental health of the Tampa Bay area through programs to reduce waste, decrease energy use, increase recycling, reduce the use of toxic substances in operations and/or through LEED construction.
This year’s winners:
AACSB (Jan Roberts Sustainable Leadership Award)
Suncoast Credit Union (NFP)
Jones Potato Farm
Safer Home Services
The luncheon is open to the public. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased online at the Sustany Foundation website. Sponsorships are available starting at $500 by contacting Herb Goetschius at (813) 784-7008 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More than 100 Tampa Bay businesses have been award winners, including such leading employers as Mosaic, Xerox, Premier Eye Care and Sykes.
The mission of the UT Center for Ethics is to provide educational and professional resources to promote ethical systems and individual responsibility in the academic and greater business community through close interaction with the University. For information about the center, go to ut.edu.
Founded in 2007, the Sustany Foundation supports sustainability through education and programs that advance economic prosperity, environmental stewardship and social responsibility. They strive to be the leading facilitator of sustainability through efficient and effective aggregation and investment of resources for Tampa Bay’s citizens today and into the future. For information or tickets, go to sustany.org.
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