Real Leaders Impact Awards

4 REAL-LEADERS.COM / SPRING 2020 REAL LEADERS IMPACT AWARDS TOP 100 COMPANIES How We Chose the Top Impact Companies Imagine a world where every career involved working for a purpose-driven company, a world where every company was committed to solving one of the big challenges threatening life on Earth. That is a world we’d all love to live in, so isn’t it time we quit recognizing small companies just for growing fast or big companies that do harm? The Real Leaders Impact Awards enable you to nominate the purpose-driven companies you believe are thriving as a result of their commitment to creating a better world for all of us. We ranked the nominees based on their Force For Good score: 3-Year Growth Rate x Revenue x Impact Score. There are no perfect companies, just as there are no perfect people, but we hope you will find many of the winners to be inspiring. We were also impressed that the average growth rate of these impact companies was 1,157 percent. No, that is not a typo. Please join us in congratulating — and more importantly, in supporting — these companies any way you can. Share this list with your network. Vote with your spending and buy their products or services. Apply to work with them and enjoy a purposeful career. Invest in their growth. WHO DID WE MISS? Nominate your favorite company that was not included this year. 2021 nominations are now open, and early qualifiers will receive extra exposure from Real Leaders : Awards-Application Join us for the Real Leaders Impact Awards gala in Portland, Oregon, on May 12—13, 2020. More information here: FOUNDING SPONSORS CO-FOUNDED AND CREATED BY TM Our Straw Doesn’t Suck You may have already noticed this paper feels different from the rest of the magazine. That’s because it contains 10 percent straw. In a world-first, Real Leaders teamed up with Willamette Falls Paper Company in Portland, Oregon, to demonstrate that wood-free paper alternatives can become the new normal. “Most farmers burn excess straw as a quick method of clearing their fields,” says Brian Konen, CEO of Willamette Falls Paper Company. “But this global practice spews huge amounts of C0 2 into the air and contributes to the climate crisis.” When Real Leaders discovered straw paper was an option for our magazine, we quickly contacted our printer, Quad Graphics, and got them equally excited. What you’re holding in your hands is the power of collaboration between pulp mill, printer, and publisher— each recognizing innovative solutions that are good for the planet is the future. /