The Rainforest Alliance, an international non-profit conservation organisation, announces its 2009 honourees at its annual gala on 6 May at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Sustainability commitments from global businesses continue to grow despite the current economic recession, helping to further on-the-ground conservation efforts. The annual gala recognises companies and individuals – which includes UK tea favourite, Lipton – for their work with the Rainforest Alliance on making sustainable supply chain decisions or for their long-time support of conservation work.
“The honourees we’ve selected have made solid commitments that benefit ecosystems, workers and wildlife worldwide,” said Tensie Whelan, president of the Rainforest Alliance, who was named one of the 100 most influential people in business ethics for the second year in a row by Ethisphere magazine. “By making sustainability a priority in their business decisions, they demonstrate its importance, not only for the longevity of their businesses, but also for the well-being of the entire planet.”