Real-Leaders.com MEMBERS MAGAZINE DISPLAY UNTIL APRIL 4 HOW TO TRANS FORM THE WOR L D AND GROW YOUR CAR E E R TOP IMPACT COMPANIES TO INSPIRE YOUR SUCCESS IN 2022 WARNING Page 44 may result in a serious dose of inspiration. LEADERSHIP TRENDS FOR THE YEAR AHEAD SPECIAL AWARDS ISSUE
REAL-LEADERS.COM / SPRING 2022 From companies that have reimagined old business models to place a greater focus on social responsibility to those who built impact into their business from day one, we are getting to the point, thankfully, where purposedriven businesses are becoming the norm. This is something to celebrate! It’s fantastic for employees who want to work for companies that align with their values. It’s a boon for customers who would prefer to purchase products and services that they feel good about. And it’s crucial for the wellbeing of society and the health of our planet that businesses commit to a definition of success that incorporates social and environmental impact alongside profits. How We Chose the Top Impact Companies This year’s ranking took into account how the pandemic affected the global economy. To allow more room to demonstrate growth, we looked at each company’s 5-year growth rate. Companies were ranked on their Force for Good score, which considers 5-year growth rate multiplied by 2020 revenue multiplied by their impact score. REAL LEADERS IMPACT AWARDS 2022 Do You Want to See Your Company Recognized? Be one of the first to enter our 2023 awards by scanning the QR code above to reserve your entry for next year’s awards.
For our fourth annual ranking of top impact companies, Real Leaders recognizes the rise in purpose-driven businesses by expanding our Real Leaders Impact Awards list to our biggest yet with 200 winners. On the following pages, you will find a diverse group of companies from around the world that prove that businesses can thrive and help build a better world. We encourage you to support these companies by buying their products and services, investing in their growth, or sharing this list with your network.
1. CVS Health 2. Tesla 3. Microsoft 4. Johnson & Johnson 5. Generate Capital 6. Medtronic 7. Danone* 8. Natura* 9. TELUS 10. Boston Scientific 11. Saitex International* 12. Etsy 13. Beyond Meat 14. Brookfield Renewable Partners 15. Intuitive Surgical 16. Edwards Lifesciences 17. Patagonia* 18. Good Culture* 19. Arçelik 20. Beko 21. Xylem 22. Moderna 23. REI 24. Sofidel 25. Allbirds* 26. Bombas* 27. Ben & Jerry’s* 28. Kathmandu* 29. Benefit Systems* 30. Varo Bank 31. Warby Parker* 32. Oatly 33. Arowana* 34. Smile Brands 35. Interface 36. Paxon Energy & Infrastructure 37. Soapbox* 38. Miyokos* 39. Amyris 40. Lush Cosmetics 41. Classy* 42. Amy’s Kitchen* 43. Holaluz* 44. Clover Sonoma* 45. Hannon Armstrong 46. Chandos Construction* 47. BlueWave Solar* 48. World Centric* 49. Torani* 50. SVN International 51. Goodroot 52. Tentree* 53. Traditional Medicinals* 54. One Tree Planted 55. Aurora Solar 56. TriLinc Global* 57. Avangard Innovative 58. Beneficial State Bank* 59. EO Products* 60. Pukka Herbs* 61. Territory Foods 62. Australian Ethical* 63. Advantage Capital 64. Conservation International 65. FoodStory Brands 66. Crystal Creek Logistics* 67. Clearinghouse CDFI* 68. Pathstone 69. Ettitude 70. Sunrise Banks* 71. Sellars Absorbent Materials 72. King Arthur Baking Company* 73. Doing Good Works* 74. Sundial Brands* 75. Cooks Venture 76. General Bio* 77. RSF Social Finance 78. Ocean Brands* 79. SilverChef* 80. Warriors Heart 81. Jonathan Rose Companies 82. Avocado* 83. Plum Organics 84. Gaia Herbs* 85. Rescue* 86. L-Nutra 87. Fireclay Tile* 88. Hydroflask 89. VivoPower International* 90. Nisolo* 91. Participate Learning* 92. Trillium Asset* Management 93. Pathwater 94. Shared-X 95. TISSINI 96. TCG* 97. Solberg* 98. SecondMuse* 99. SunCommon* 100. Eagle Protect* 101. Abacus Wealth Partners* 102. StoneAge 103. Ingage Partners* 104. W.S. Badger Company* 105. NOVICA 106. Righteous Gelato* 107. Firespring* 108. Facilities Management Services* 109. Nature’s Logic 110. Rangam Consultants 111. Thrive Farmers International* 112. Carbon Lighthouse 113. Boston Common Asset Management* 114. Cymbiotika 115. Chickapea* 116. Good Clean Love* 117. CubicFarm Systems Corp. 118. GreenPrint 119. Bookshop 120. Green Canopy NODE 121. Green Standards 122. 4G Capital* 123. Metropolitan Group* 124. SHIFT Capital* 125. DYPER 126. 15 lightyears 127. BSW Wealth Partners* 128. Green Hammer Design Build* 129. Arnerich Massena* 130. Kraft Group* 131. Common Energy 132. Proud Source Water* 133. No Evil Foods 134. Vera Solutions* 135. Village Capital 136. Moleaer 137. P.L.A.Y. Pet Lifestyle and You* 138. Charter School Business Management/ FOREsight* 139. Goalcast 140. U.S. Rubber Recycling 141. EarthKind 142. Tatonka Education Services 143. Data.world* 144. Yin Yang Naturals* 145. Tobasa Bioindustrial de Babaçu* 146. Helpsy* 147. Align Impact* 148. Amavida Coffee Roasters* 149. PCI Media 150. Barefoot Books 151. Solid Blend 152. DialogueDirect* 153. BetterWorld Technology* 154. Ellevate Network* 155. Guru Media Solutions* 156. CNote* 157. Kids in the Game* 158. Matter Unlimited* 159. IVY 160. SEQSTER 161. Heart Creative* 162. We First* 163. New Society Publishers* 164. MACKEY* 165. Cause Strategy Partners* 166. Ecofashion Corp. 167. Earth Equity Advisors* 168. Tree-Mendous* 169. Neighborhood Development Company 170. Haven Ventures* 171. Good Food For Good* 172. Elephants Delicatessen* 173. CauseLabs* 174. Spring Activator* 175. CanopyLAB 176. EcoAdvisors* 177. Agrivida 178. Eat the Change 179. The Builders Fund* 180. Clear Blue Commercial* 181. The ID Factory Società Benefit* 182. Field Trip Health 183. Bullhorn* 184. Smarter Sorting 185. Pearl Consulting* 186. The Global Good Fund 187. Save Energy Systems 188. Transcend* 189. HigherRing* 190. Sensiba San Filippo* 191. Headwaters Relief Organization 192. Rally Assets* 193. Agritecture 194. Grounded World* 195. Miei* 196. ShoppingGives* 197. Mighty Buildings 198. 29Bison 199. Afresh 200. Trust Science REAL LEADERS IMPACT AWARDS 2022 Overall Winners Ranking 4 REAL-LEADERS.COM / SPRING 2022 Real Leaders celebrates its fellow B Corps! All companies marked with an asterisk are certified B Corporations. B Corps are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. Real Leaders is proud to be a B Corp since 2016.
REAL LEADERS IMPACT AWARDS 2022 1. GENERATE CAPITAL An infrastructure investor that builds, owns, and operates assets in sustainable energy, mobility, water, waste, and agriculture sectors. Working to bring about an infrastructure revolution that is democratized, digitized, decentralized, and decarbonized. GenerateCapital.com 1. SAITEX INTERNATIONAL Recognized as the “cleanest denim factory in the world.” Produces sustainable denim for a variety of premium brands. The only large-scale denim manufacturer on the planet to be certified as a B Corp. Sai-Tex.com 5. CHANDOS CONSTRUCTION A 100% employee-owned B-Corp certified national commercial builder. Moving industry toward collaboration by championing integrated project delivery and inclusive hiring. Recycles waste on all projects and uses sustainable construction techniques. Chandos.com 9. CARBON LIGHTHOUSE Helps building owners profitably prioritize decarbonization and achieve climate impact. Does this via its CLUES AI platform which runs buildings through thousands of energy modeling simulations and helps identify opportunities for carbon reductions and financial returns. CarbonLighthouse.com 13. TREE-MENDOUS Offers people an opportunity to reconnect with nature through outdoor adventure. Devoted to making a difference in the lives of children through their designs and attractions. As a certified B Corporation, dedicated to sustainability and the motto: “Doing well while doing good.” Tree-Mendous.com 2. XYLEM Through a signature citizenship program, Xylem Watermark, brings clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education to schools and communities in emerging markets and responds with water solutions when disaster strikes around the globe. Xylem.com 2. PATAGONIA Beloved outdoor brand and a leader in the impact space, cementing its reputation as one of the world’s most responsible apparel companies. Treats the climate crisis like the crisis it is, and uses its resources — its business, investments, and voice — to do something about it. Patagonia.com 6. BLUEWAVE SOLAR On a mission to revolutionize energy with simple, powerful solar solutions. Believes that every home, business, and community can be part of the solar energy revolution — wants to make this belief a reality. BlueWaveSolar.com 10. 15 LIGHTYEARS Helps builders build better homes through green technology, clean energy, and green building practices and fosters discussion about energy efficiency and sustainability. Inspires growth in STEM education and inspire children to pursue careers in green industries. 15LightYears.com 14. SAVE ENERGY SYSTEMS Helps small- to mid-sized facilities achieve automated building management at an affordable cost, while reducing the impact on the environment. SaveEnergySystems.com 3. PAXON ENERGY & INFRASTRUCTURE A Women Business Enterprise and leading professional services firm in the field of oil, gas, and utilities. Provides environmentally conscious solutions powered by the latest technology. PaxonEngineering.com 3. REI REI has been an outdoor member-owned co-op since 1938, working to help people experience the transformational power of nature. Over 70% of annual profits are invested back into the outdoor community. Pioneered the #OptOutside movement, encouraging people to spend the day after Thanksgiving outside. Rei.com 7. VIVOPOWER INTERNATIONAL Has a core purpose to generate sustainable energy solutions — encompassing electric vehicles, solar systems and battery technology — to help their customers and our planet. VivoPower.com 11. GREEN HAMMER DESIGN BUILD A full-service design-build firm that is committed to excellence in environmental design and performance. Working toward a future where all buildings produce more renewable energy than they consume — rooftops are both garden landscapes and solar energy generators. GreenHammer.com 15. MIGHTY BUILDINGS A construction technology company that creates affordable, and sustainable homes using 3D printing, advanced materials and robotics automation. Committed to getting to net-zero carbon emissions by 2028 — 22 years ahead of the construction industry. MightyBuildings.com 4. HOLALUZ Representing renewable energy producers to provide green energy to the market and promoting clean energy. Holaluz know that this is the key to incentivizing the synergy between sales and production. Holaluz.com 4. ALLBIRDS A global footwear and apparel brand with roots in New Zealand and headquarters in San Francisco. Since 2016, they have been on a mission to prove that comfort, design, and sustainability aren’t mutually exclusive. Allbirds.com 8. SUNCOMMON Their mission is to make clean, renewable energy simple and affordable for their customers in New York and Vermont. Founded to address the climate crisis and was built on the pillars of community organizing and activism. Suncommon.com 12. COMMON ENERGY Enables households and businesses to support solar projects and save money, using their existing utility account. Supports clean energy projects that prevent over 300 million pounds of CO2 emissions per year and save subscribers approximately $3 million per year. CommonEnergy.us Construction, Energy & Facilities Fashion/Apparel 5 REAL-LEADERS.COM / SPRING 2022 “The thing that I champion is sustainability. My terror is that suddenly we see it as a luxury, not an essential. That’s a danger.” — Kevin McCloud, British designer and writer
REAL LEADERS IMPACT AWARDS 2022 6 REAL-LEADERS.COM / SPRING 2022 5. BOMBAS Believes in a more comfortable world and that everyone, no matter their circumstances, deserves to put on clean clothes that feel good. For every item purchased, they donate an item to someone affected by homelessness. Bombas.com 9. NISOLO A climate-neutral-certified fashion company with a “circular fashion” approach that takes environmental impact into account at all stages — from initial design, sourcing of materials, manufacturing, logistics, the customer, and the end of its lifecycle. Nisolo.com 1. VARO BANK Provides consumers with the tools, products, and insights to achieve financial resiliency, regardless of their socioeconomic background. On a mission to advance financial inclusion and opportunity for all and address systemic financial inequities. VaroMoney.com 5. SUNRISE BANKS Strives to be the most innovative bank empowering financial wellness. It offers financially inclusive products to consumers in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN to drive sustainable economic growth and is a member of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values, and a certified Community Development Financial Institution. SunriseBanks.com 9. SHARED-X Agricultural impact enterprise with a series of high-impact initiatives integrating poverty and climate solutions.Through the direct sale of specialty crops to international markets, it provides social, environmental, and economic benefits to local farming communities, while generating strong returns for shareholders.Shared-X.com 13. MACKEY Financial advice organization that helps small business owners achieve money freedom, time freedom and freedom from worry. Focus on a triple bottom line approach. Through their financial operating systems, help clients experience a 500% increase in profits. MackeyAdvisors.com 6. KATHMANDU A leading global outdoor lifestyle brand that is on a mission to improve the wellbeing of the world by getting more people outdoors. Creates sustainably made outdoor gear for the whole family. KathmanduOutdoor.com 10. TISSINI A for-profit social enterprise that addresses the needs of underserved U.S. Hispanic women to earn extra income to provide for their families. A social selling platform that seeks to develop close relationships with its client base (called Emprendedoras) and empower them. Tissini.com 2. BENEFICIAL STATE BANK Founded with a social and environmental purpose aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals. On a mission to change the banking system for good and build prosperity in our communities. BeneficialStateBank.com 6. RSF SOCIAL FINANCE On a mission to catalyze transformation by circulating capital to social enterprises for a more just, regenerative, and compassionate world. RSFSocialFinance.com 10. 4G CAPITAL Unlocking human potential for good — growing businesses with capital and knowledge and aiming to be the first choice lender for micro enterprises in Africa. Provides clients with financial services, training and digital solutions for growth and for good. 4G-Capital.com 14. SENSIBA SAN FILIPPO Public accountants and business advisors that provide holistic tax strategies, audit and advisory services, consulting, and sustainability advising. The Sensiba Center for Sustainability helps companies move to purpose-driven business models. SSFLLP.com 7. WARBY PARKER Produces stylish, affordable frames and sunglasses available via mail order and in select store locations. Their “buy a pair, give a pair” model has distributed over 8 million pairs of glasses to people in need. WarbyParker.com 11. HELPSY With more than 1,200 partners from South Carolina to New Hampshire, the company converts discarded clothing into thousands of jobs and millions in payments to businesses, nonprofits, and community organizations. Helpsy.co 3. CLEARINGHOUSE CDFI Provides economic opportunities and improves quality of life for lower-income individuals and communities through innovative and affordable financing that is unavailable in the conventional market. ClearinghouseCDFI.com 7. SILVER CHEF Provides flexible equipment financing for hospitality businesses. Helps people achieve their dreams by helping hospitality entrepreneurs start or grow their businesses. Has partnered with Opportunity International to lift 1.5 million people from poverty. SilverChef.com.au 11. CHARTER SCHOOL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT/ FORESIGHT Empowers charter schools with vital knowledge and services to understand and practice responsible financial management. CSBM.com 12. ECOFASHION CORP A lifestyle company comprised of four sustainable textile verticals, including B2B turnkey sustainable fashion manufacturer MetaWear, QVC organic lifestyle brands Farm to Home and Seed to Style, and D2C ecofashion brand YES AND. EcoFashionCorp.com 4. PATHSTONE An independently operated partner-owned advisory firm helping clients create, manage, and preserve wealth across generations. Integrates smart innovative programs with traditional family office services. Pathstone.com 8. TRILLIUM ASSET MANAGEMENT Offers investment strategies and services that advance humankind toward a global sustainable economy, a just society, and a better world. In the field of ESG and impact investing, utilizes its shareholder advocacy and ESG investment resource. TrilliumInvest.com 12. CNOTE A women-led impact investment firm on a mission to close the wealth gap through financial innovation. Helps large corporations and foundations reach their diversity, equity, and inclusion goals through the power of insured deposits and proven community investments. MyCNote.com 8. TENTREE Plants trees because it’s one of the best ways to create a more sustainable future. Constantly looking at innovative ways to make apparel with the smallest possible footprint and create more circular supply chains. Tentree.com Financial Services “Sustainable change, after all, depends not upon compliance with external mandates or blind adherence to regulation, but rather upon the pursuit of the greater good.” — Douglas B. Reeves, educator and author
REAL LEADERS IMPACT AWARDS 2022 8 REAL-LEADERS.COM / SPRING 2022 1. DANONE A world leader in essential dairy and plant-based products, early life nutrition, medical nutrition and waters. Became the first listed company to adopt France’s new Enterprise à Mission (purpose-driven company) status, with a purpose to bring health through food to as many people as possible.Danone.com 5. OATLY Makes it easy for people to turn what they eat and drink into personal moments of healthy joy without recklessly taxing the planet’s resources in the process. Its patented enzyme technology copies nature’s own process and turns fiber rich oats into nutritional liquid food that is perfectly designed for humans. Oatly.com 2. BEYOND MEAT A pioneer in the plantbased protein movement, offering products made from ingredients without GMOs, bioengineered ingredients, hormones, antibiotics, or cholesterol. Designed to have the same taste and texture as animal-based meat, but better for people and the planet. BeyondMeat.com 6. MIYOKOS Building a new gold standard for the future of food that emphasizes artistry, integrity, ethics, and conviviality. The company credo drives everything they do — from the creation of their plant-based dairy products to inspiring others to try this lifestyle. Miyokos.com 3. GOOD CULTURE A “real healing foods” company that produces high-quality cultured dairy products, made via a regenerative and pastureraised milk supply. It partners with 1% For the Planet to offer regenerative agriculture training and resources to farmers in need. GoodCulture.com 7. AMY’S KITCHEN A family-owned prepared food company whose purpose is to make it easy and enjoyable for everyone to eat well. The company is committed to cooking authentic great-tasting food with highquality, meticulously sourced organic ingredients that consumers can enjoy in minutes. Amys.com 4. BEN & JERRY’S One of the first companies in the world to place a social mission in equal importance to its product and economic mission. Produces a wide variety of super-premium ice creams, yogurts and sorbets using high-quality ingredients. Has a vision of “linked prosperity” and a focus on values-led sourcing. BenJerry.com 8. CLOVER SONOMA Using their best knowledge to produce quality dairy in ways that honor its collective values of care for family farms, animals, the environment, and the communities it serves. CloverSonoma.com Food&Beverage 9. TORANI Has been producing its popular sauces and syrups since 1925, putting Italian soda on the map and making the world’s first flavored latte. A certified B-Corp that believes businesses should create more opportunity and is dedicated to helping all of the people, partners, and communities it touches. Torani.com 13 KING ARTHUR BAKING COMPANY Vermont-based, employee owned company on a mission to be the ultimate resource and inspiration in the kitchen, to inspire connections and community through baking, and to use its business as a force for good. KingArthurBaking.com 17. PATHWATER The first company to offer purified drinking water in an affordable, sturdy, and refillable aluminum bottle, instead of single-use plastic — a leader in the movement of sustainable alternatives to single-use plastic bottled water. DrinkPathWater.com 10. PUKKA HERBS Creates organic herbal teas and health supplements for a healthier and happier life. A mission to create a world where plants play a central role in human health and wellbeing. It is carbon neutral, Fair for Life certified, and donates 1% of its revenue to environmental and social causes. PukkaHerbs.com 14. COOKS VENTURE A group of farmers, cooks, and food professionals who couldn’t find what they wanted in the food system, so they built something new from the ground up: animal-by-animal, plant-by-plant, meal-bymeal. A regenerative supply chain for the future. CooksVenture.com 18. RIGHTEOUS GELATO Certified B Corp and artisan gelato maker from Calgary, Alberta, on a mission to “enrich people’s lives, one tiny spoonful at a time.” RighteousGelato.com 11. TERRITORY FOODS Delivers ready-to-eat meals prepared by local chefs using responsibly sourced ingredients. Meals are good for people and the earth. From ingredients, processes, and packaging, it always considers the impact of their choices on the sustainability of the planet. TerritoryFoods.com 15. OCEAN BRANDS An impact brand that is more than just canned seafood. Passionate about sustainable sourcing, celebrating diversity, commitment to community, and strong relationships with its suppliers. Actively working to minimize the amount of single-use plastic in its products. OceanBrands.com 19. THRIVE FARMERS Empowering farmers to thrive by taking them to market as partners. It includes everyone — from the consumer to the farmer to their partners. Believes that feeling good is what it means to truly thrive. ThriveFarmers.com 12. FRESH CRAVINGS Passionate about bringing the best new food and beverage products to life. It searches the world — and their backyards — to uncover foods and flavors from culinary pioneers and up-and-coming entrepreneurs to inspire new ideas. FreshCravings.com 16. PLUM ORGANICS A leading organic baby, toddler and kids food brand that is on a mission to nourish little ones with the very best food from their very first bite. PlumOrganics.com 20. CHICKAPEA An organic and gluten-free pasta manufacturer making it easier for people to lead healthier lives and support sustainable farming practices. Its plantbased, regenerative products reduce emissions and conserve biodiversity. Donations help make healthy food more accessible across the U.S. Chickapea.com “As you strive for personal effectiveness and leadership excellence, there are local and global questions that you will inevitably have to face. These range from poverty, corruption, terrorism, food security, scarcity of resources and overpopulation among others. Your power and influence for significance in leadership excellence will increase in direct proportion to your ability to find effective and sustainable practical solutions to some of these real-life challenges.” — Archibald Marwizi, life coach and speaker
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REAL LEADERS IMPACT AWARDS 2022 10 REAL-LEADERS.COM / SPRING 2022 1. CVS HEALTH What sets CVS Health apart isn’t just the health care it provides, but how it’s provided. It helps people navigate the health care system — and their personal health care — by improving access, lowering costs, and being a trusted partner for every meaningful moment of a persons health. CVSHealth.com 5. INTUITIVE SURGICAL Its Extended Use Instrument Program helps reduce the company’s environmental impact by requiring less materials and packaging. Generating less medical waste and helping reduce greenhouse gases through fewer shipments. Intuitive.com 9. SMILE BRANDS A dental service organization that provides comprehensive business support services that allows dentists to spend less time on administration, marketing, and financial tasks and more time caring for patients. Their team is on a mission to deliver smiles to everyone. SmileBrands.com 21. PROUD SOURCE WATER Offers customers the finest water in the most sustainable manner. Produces only natural alkaline spring water from a protected water source, with no additives – only natural minerals and electrolytes. ProudSourceWater.com 25. ELEPHANTS DELICATESSEN A speciality foods and catering company serving local food in Portland, Oregon. Committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. ElephantsDeli.com 2. JOHNSON & JOHNSON Believe that good health is the foundation of thriving communities. The world’s largest healthcare company works to use its size and reach for good. Its Health for Humanity 2025 Goals are aligned with 11 UN SDGs, and its onedose COVID vaccine is used in conflict zones and remote communities. JNJ.com 6. EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES The global leader in patientfocused medical innovations for structural heart disease, and critical care and surgical monitoring. Driven by a passion to help patients, the company collaborates with the world’s leading clinicians and researchers to address unmet healthcare needs. Edwards.com 10. AMYRIS On a mission is to shift the world to sustainable consumption with clean, highperforming, and accessible ingredients for consumer brands and commercial partners. Making what is scarce, abundant for all. Amyris.com 22. NO EVIL FOODS Fuels and inspires positive impacts for people, planet, and animals through innovative plant-based food. Family founded, majority women-led, and aims to bring people closer to the origins of their food, while addressing issues like food insecurity, economic justice, and climate change. NoEvilFoods.com 26. EAT THE CHANGE Believes what we eat represents our single biggest daily opportunity to change our environmental footprint. Has a mission to create chef-crafted and nutrient-dense snacks that are kind to the planet. Combines marketplace solutions with education and activism to empower consumers. EatTheChange.com 3. MEDTRONIC Contributes to human welfare through the application of biomedical engineering in the research, design, manufacture, and sale of instruments or appliances that alleviate pain, restore health, and extend life. Strives to maintain good citizenship as a company. Medtronic.com 7. MODERNA Maker of widely distributed covid vaccine. Pioneering a new class of medicines made of messenger RNA, or mRNA to create a new generation of transformative medicines for patients. ModernaTX.com 11. GOODROOT Reinventing healthcare one system at a time. Committed to improving and reforming critical health care systems to drive more value from the money spent on health by developing businesses that reform or replace the parts of the system that are no longer working. GoodRootInc.com 23. AMAVIDA COFFEE ROASTERS Works with coffee producers to improve their quality of life by building markets to support their products, and educating communities on the needs of producers and the importance of organic, fair-trade products. Amavida.com 4. BOSTON SCIENTIFIC Dedicated to transforming lives through innovative medical solutions that improve the health of patients around the world. Connecting science, humanity, and purpose and doing right by employees, customers, communities, and the environment. BostonScientific.com 8. BENEFIT SYSTEMS Helping to release endorphins that lead to a healthier lifestyle. Passionate about creating programs for those who want to be active and enjoy life to the fullest. BenefitSystems.pl 12. WARRIORS HEART Offers private, licensed and accredited resort style healing centers for the nation’s warriors. Specializes in substance abuse treatment and cooccurring psychological disorders, with special attention to post traumatic stress, unresolved grief/loss, and moral injury. WarriorsHeart.com 24. GOOD FOOD FOR GOOD Making it easy for people to eat healthy foods that taste delicious while doing good for the world. Committed to making uncompromisingly healthy foods to help eradicate food-related diseases, end world hunger, and preserve our planet. GoodFoodForGood.com Food&Beverage Healthcare “Transparency, accountability, and sustainability have become the slogans of the market leaders. Companies carry out environmental and social audits to court the consumer, and even the bluest chips woo organizations such as Greenpeace and Amnesty.” — Noreena Hertz, academic, economist, author
REAL LEADERS IMPACT AWARDS 2022 1. ETSY A global online marketplace where people come together to make, sell, buy, and collect unique items. Turning creativity into a thriving business and aiming to keep commerce human. Offsets 100% of carbon emissions from shipping and brings together 2 million active sellers and 35.8 million active buyers. Etsy.com 13. L-NUTRA Aims to add a billion healthy years of living to humanity by using novel nutrition technologies that enhance consumer and patient healthspan. Pioneering lifestyle medicine and food as medicine movements to add more life to human life. L-Nutra.com 2. ETTITUDE Sustainability has always been ingrained in its business, and a yearly report peels back the layers on its supply chain to chart progress and set benchmarks. It products contain bamboo, the most resource efficient plant on Earth, that uses minimal rain water, produces little waste and grows organically without chemicals. Ettitude.com 14. EAGLE PROTECT Saving the world one disposable glove at a time, while ensuring against negative work and economic effects in the supply chain of disposable gloves. Partnering with manufacturers that are audited via external and independent platforms. EagleProtect.com 3. AVOCADO Striving to be the most respected source for organic and natural mattresses, pillows, and bedding, while maintaining environmentally conscious, ethical, and sustainable business practices across its entire supply chain. AvocadoGreenMattress.com 15. FIELD TRIP HEALTH Trailblazing a sustainable psychedelic industry by creating next-generation psychedelic medicines, building safe, comfortable spaces for exploration, transformation and healing, and empowering people with tools to support their journey. FieldTripHealth.com 4. FIRECLAY TILE From glaze recycling to water reclamation, it uses data to measure sustainability progress. Its factory uses 100% renewable electricity and through partnerships with Carbon Fund, Pachama, and Climate Neutral, it offsets carbon emissions from all parts of its operations — sourcing, production, and freight emissions. FireClayTile.com Home&Lifestyle 5. HYDROFLASK Offers over 100 products that replace single-use plastics like plastic water bottles and to-go containers. Launched in 2009 they hit 1 million in sales by 2011. Launched Parks For All, its charitable program supports more than 122 nonprofits and has donated over $1.9 million to benefit public green spaces. Hydroflask.com 9. P.L.A.Y. PET LIFESTYLE AND YOU Make quality dog beds with pets, people, and the planet in mind. Plastic bottles are cleaned and recycled, and are turned into soft PlanetFill® polyfiber for their petbeds. The tags on its products are made from paper that is certified safe by the Forest Stewardship Council. Use 100% renewable energy in their headquarters office. PetPlay.com 6. NOVICA A mission to connect talented artisans to a global marketplace and empower them to build sustainable businesses, while preserving ancient artistic traditions for future generations. It uplifts communities through the creation of incredible art and impact the world by purchasing handmade products directly from global artisans. Novica.com 10. EARTHKIND A group of artists, scientists, and nature lovers that have developed naturally effective plant-based solutions to keep pests away from treated areas without killing or poisoning them. It uses ingredients grown on USA regenerative farms and manufacture products in North Carolina, providing jobs for handicapable individuals. EarthKind.com 7. NATURE’S LOGIC On a mission to apply the logic of nature to everything it touches. Produced the first 100% all-natural pet food with no synthetics. The industry’s first Certified Plastic Neutral products, and busy pioneering carbon-neutral distribution. The first pet food member to join the American Sustainable Business Council. NaturesLogic.com 11. BAREFOOT BOOKS Award-winning, independent children’s book publisher with a mission to represent cultural, racial, physical, neurological, and lifestyle diversity in the illustrations and storylines of their books. A vibrant community focused on sharing books and gifts that inspire children to be compassionate, creative and curious. BareFootBooks.com 8. DYPER Creating the most responsible way to diaper by using plant derived materials, removing fossil-fuel derived plastics, offsetting the rest and picking up used diapers for composting. Its diapers are made with viscose fibers from responsibly sourced bamboo and packed in bags made with oxo-degradable materials. Dyper.com 12. MIEI Helping to close the poverty gap by supporting charities for children’s health and education with a 100%-net-profit-tocharity model. Miei does not procure perishable stock to an unknown demand and have a “take me home” program for used flowers. Use a 100% carbon neutral delivery service that supports sustainability initiatives around the globe. Miei.com.au 11 REAL-LEADERS.COM / SPRING 2022 “We all need to work together, because there are no jobs on a dead planet; there is no equity without rights to decent work and social protection, no social justice without a shift in governance and ambition, and, ultimately, no peace for the peoples of the world without the guarantees of sustainability.” — Sharan Burrow, former president of the Australian Council of Trade Unions “The notion of ‘reduce and refine’ is one I’ve pursued. I truly believe that by making things less complex, by finding innovative ways to make sustainability affordable, we can advance the notion that it’s possible.” — Yves Behar, Swiss designer
REAL LEADERS IMPACT AWARDS 2022 12 REAL-LEADERS.COM / SPRING 2022 1. BROOKFIELD RENEWABLE PARTNERS Created to provide investors with greater flexibility in how they access BEP’s globally diversified portfolio of highquality renewable power assets. Bep.Brookfield.com 13. EARTH EQUITY ADVISORS Empowering sustainable, responsible, and impact investing across generations and communities to magnify financial impact and nurture positive change. EarthEquityAdvisors.com 5. AUSTRALIAN ETHICAL Invest ethically for good. It invests for a better world by using money as a force for good — working on its carbon intensity, investment in renewable power generation and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). AustralianEthical.com.au 9. BSW WEALTH PARTNERS Making life better for clients, staff and their broader community by building a longterm sustainable and environmentally considerate business. Helping clients and stakeholders achieve financial security and lives of meaning, abundance, and fulfillment. BSW.com 2. AROWANA A long-term commitment to building strong, sustainable businesses that will have a positive impact on economies, industries and the people they employ. ArowanaCo.com 14. THE BUILDERS FUND A private equity platform investing in high-growth, purpose-driven companies whose products, services, and supply chain intrinsically deliver positive social and environmental benefit. Helping to solve environmental and social challenges through the profitable deployment of capital into more conscious businesses. The Builders Fund.com 6. ADVANTAGE CAPITAL A venture capital firm that provides equity and debt financing to established and emerging companies located in communities historically underserved by conventional sources of capital. Since 1992, the firm has invested more than $3.6 billion in 800+ companies from a diverse array of industry sectors. AdvantageCap.com 10. ARNERICH MASSENA An employee-owned investment firm that invests in companies that create sustainable solutions. Brings innovation and a forward-looking approach to high-impact areas such as water resources, sustainable agriculture, fisheries, healthcare, and clean energy technology. Pioneering the investment industry with alternative investment strategies. ArnerichMassena.com 3. HANNON ARMSTRONG A renewable power and energy efficiency investor dedicated to climate change solutions. A vision that every investment improves our climate future and a purpose of making climate positive investments with superior risk-adjusted returns. HannonArmstrong.com 15. RALLY ASSETS An impact investment management and advisory firm that works with corporate and institutional investors, foundations, family offices and philanthropists to deliver solutions that help their clients create positive social and environmental impact without compromising financial returns. RallyAssets.com 7. ABACUS WEALTH PARTNERS Financial services company that connects money with values, empowering people through finance. Help clients pursue sustainable investing and shift capital toward the most environmentally responsible corporations. Strive to support micro-entrepreneurs by helping millions of people fund businesses that alleviate poverty. AbacusWealth.com 11. VILLAGE CAPITAL Reinventing the system to back the entrepreneurs of the future. A vision of a future where business builds equity and long-term prosperity. It supports impact-driven seed-stage startups, and is focused on supporting entreprenuers who are building solutions around sustainability, financial health, and the future of work. VilCap.com 4. TRILINC GLOBAL A mission to improve the world through investing, by linking attractive financial returns with social impact through largescale private capital. TrilincGlobal.com 8. BOSTON COMMON ASSET MANAGEMENT Analyzes investment risks and opportunities from a broader perspective — that environmental, social, and governance factors are fundamental to a company’s value. Invests in companies contributing to and benefiting from sustainable growth, and advancing global dialogue. BostonCommonAsset.com 12. ALIGN IMPACT An independent and specialized impact advisory firm that serves and collaborates with individuals, families, foundations, and their financial advisors to increase the effectiveness and alignment of philanthropic grants, impact investments, and mission-related investments. Generating measurable social and environmental impact — with a financial return. AlignImpact.com Impact Investing “Education, if it means anything, should not take people away from the land, but instill in them even more respect for it, because educated people are in a position to understand what is being lost. The future of the planet concerns all of us, and all of us should do what we can to protect it. As I told the foresters, and the women, you don’t need a diploma to plant a tree.” — Wangari Maathai, Kenyan social environmentalist
REAL LEADERS IMPACT AWARDS 2022 Manufacturing/Industrial 2. BEKO Beko is the international home appliance brand of Arçelik. Focused on healthy living for many years, raising awareness and developing products that make healthy living possible and convenient. Its brand mission is “healthy living is only possible on a healthy planet.” Beko.com 3. INTERFACE Overcoming the biggest challenges facing humanity and reversing global warming. It’s no longer enough to limit the damage we do, but to think about reversing it. Working to restore our planet and leave a positive impact. Interface.com 4. WORLD CENTRIC A green packaging supplier that creates certified, compostable foodservice items made from plants. Products use less water and energy to manufacture, and are designed to transform waste into healthy, new soil through composting. Donate 25% of its profits to global grassroots social and environmental programs to offset carbon emissions. WorldCentric.com 1. ARÇELIK Arçelik’s mission is to become a trusted lifestyle solutions provider of digital households. The company is committed to designing and manufacturing energy-efficient products and investing in resource efficiency in production. ArcelikGlobal.com 5. AVANGARD INNOVATIVE Helps customers measure, manage, and monetize their recycling and waste programs. It monitors every aspect of their work flow to find what they call “hidden green assets” that are valuable in the circular economy — lowering waste costs and maximizing profitability. AvaICG.com 6. CRYSTAL CREEK LOGISTICS A fulfillment business that focuses on Internet retailers who choose to outsource their shipping. Offers dedicated client support and innovative solutions with carbon-neutral shipping for dry goods and frozen and refrigerated foods. Operates from four 100% carbon-neutral facilities across the U.S. CrystalCreekLogistics.com 7. SELLARS ABSORBENT MATERIALS A leader in the cleaning, wiping, and absorbing sector by providing nonwoven, specialty paper, and other cellulose products that utilize recycled fibers in the making of products. Offers a more attractive performance and cost than competing virgin and recycled products. SellarsCompany.com 8. GENERAL BIO One of South Korea’s top B Corp certified R&D corporations, in the field of bio convergence, nanotechnology, and research on new biomaterials. Develops and manufactures dietary supplements, cosmetics, and ecofriendly baby and household products. Committed to eliminating discrimination by embracing differences. GeneralBio.co.kr JOIN THE MILLION TREE CHALLENGE While some leaders talk about sustainability, you can actually get trees in the ground. Join the Million Tree Challenge to support reforestation in our iconic National Forests. ONETREEPLANTED.ORG/MILLION 800-408-7850 JOIN THE CHALLENGE “Looking at the world through a sustainability lens not only helps us ‘future proof’ our supply chain, it also fuels innovation and drives brand growth.” — Paul Polman, former CEO, Unilever
REAL LEADERS IMPACT AWARDS 2022 14 REAL-LEADERS.COM / SPRING 2022 9. SOLBERG MFG Partners with customers, colleagues, and suppliers to help them innovate and discover new possibilities. Committed to providing products and systems that protect mission-critical machinery while safeguarding the surrounding environment. SolbergMFG.com 1. DOING GOOD WORKS A print and packaging company that customizes branded merchandise. Every transaction supports an improved outcome for a young adult aging out of foster care. Ten percent of profits funds programs for foster youth. DGWBranded.com 5. PCI MEDIA Non-profit that uses the power of storytelling and community to create a healthier, more sustainable, and just world. Produces culturally resonant television and radio programs and communication campaigns to promote positive outcomes around health, the environment, and social justice. PCIMedia.org 9. WE FIRST A creative consultancy providing purpose-driven strategy and training to help companies grow through social good and Lead With We. Ensures companies define, frame, and share the story of their good work, both internally and externally. WeFirstBranding.com 13. AGRIVIDA A biotechnology company leveraging its platform to reimagine food production to improve animal, human, and environmental health. Focused on expressing proteins in animal feed to boost efficiency and reduce antibiotic reliance. Plans to expand into the human protein market to make healthful food readily available. Agrivida.com 10. STONEAGE Stays true to its core values of creating rewarding jobs and constructive culture, engineering industry-leading products and services, and providing an exceptional customer experience. Focused on sustaining and growing company culture, customer loyalty, and long-term business success. StoneAgeTools.com 2. FIRESPRING A marketing agency that helps businesses and nonprofits across the world develop their brand and identify their purpose. Works with companies to understand their current culture and how they’d like it to evolve. Firespring.com 6. GURU MEDIA SOLUTIONS A marketing agency on a mission to increase joy and reduce suffering. Leverages innovative creativity and deep strategic experience for those who impact the world in the most conscious ways, working to establish themselves as the most innovative marketing agency on the planet by 2025. WeAreGuru.com 10. NEW SOCIETY PUBLISHERS The first carbon-neutral publishing house in North America. In 2001, it committed to publishing all their books on 100% post-consumer recycled paper, leading the book publishing community in Canada. NewSociety.ca 11. U.S. RUBBER RECYCLING A manufacturer of rubber sports flooring, acoustical underlayment, and vegetation control matting. Transforms discarded tires into sustainable and safe rubber flooring. The flooring contains 75%-95% post-consumer recycled tire rubber, diverting over 9.2 million pounds from local landfills in 2020. USRubber.com 3. METROPOLITAN GROUP Crafts strategic and creative services to amplify the power of voice-of-change agents in building a just and sustainable world. MetGroup.com 7. MATTER UNLIMITED A strategic and creative consultancy built for the purpose-led economy. It is situated at the intersection of culture, capital and cause to leverage this unique perspective to create impactful solutions to service clients’ needs. MatterUnlimited.com 11. BULLHORN A marketing and advertising firm that builds impact brands with language and design. It helps brands see challenges as opportunities to rethink, rewire, and refresh. Its strategy-driven process is adaptive and accommodates organizations regardless of project scope or industry vertical. BullhornCreative.com 12. TOBASA BIOINDUSTRIAL Promotes and manages the chain of Babassu coconut and provides clients with products of excellence – obtained in a sustainable way – from the native forests. Generates income for the agroextractivist communities of Tocantins and maximizes the results on invested capital. Tobasa.com.br 4. GOALCAST Creates powerful stories of courage from inspiring people around the world. Specializes in producing and distributing transformative content including speeches, short documentaries, and short films. Goalcast.com 8. HEART CREATIVE A women and POC-owned content and digital marketing agency, powered by radical goodness. Equips like-minded brands with standout services to rise to the top. Through inclusive workplace policies, it is committed to crushing the corporate norm and contributing to a better world. HeartCreative.co 12. GROUNDED WORLD A boutique marketing agency specializing in articulating and then activating brand purpose and sustainability, especially at retail. A team of sustainability experts, creatives, strategists, brand activators, and e-commerce consultants at the intersection of brand purpose, strategy, and social impact. Grounded.world Marketing &Media Manufacturing/Industrial “We must shift our thinking away from short-term gain toward long-term investment and sustainability, and always have the next generations in mind with every decision we make.” — Deb Haaland, first Native American Cabinet Secretary
1. NATURA A global personal care cosmetics group that creates products that promote a harmonious relationship with oneself, others, and nature. Committed to combining its growth with a respect and preservation of the planet through responsible sourcing, ecological packaging, and fair trade ingredients. NaturaEco.com 5. TRADITIONAL MEDICINALS Connects people to the power of plants to change lives — the lives of those that drink their efficacious herbal teas — and those in the 280 herbal growing communities across 42 countries where they source their herbs. TraditionalMedicinals.com 9. W.S. BADGER COMPANY Creates pure and effective products of the highest natural quality, based on simplicity and thoughtful preparation, with the intention to protect, soothe, and heal. It runs a business that is fun, fair and profitable; where money is fuel, not a goal, and where its vision for a healthier world finds expression through the way their people work. BadgerBalm.com 13. YIN YANG NATURALS Helping fulfill the dreams of the brands’ founders; to provide meaningful careers for their team members and to give back to the communities in which they serve. YingYangNaturals.com 2. SOFIDEL One of the world leaders in the tissue paper production market for hygienic and domestic use. It is committed to creating products that contain lower levels of natural capital and offer high functional qualities and innovative performance. Sofidel.com 6. EO PRODUCTS A certified organic manufacturer of personal care products made with active botanicals and pure essential oils. It uses ethically sourced ingredients in a certified organic, zero-waste facility and push sustainability initiatives in their industry. Delivers kindness to the community and believe that opportunities to support and nurture others are all around us. EOProducts.com 10. CYMBIOTIKA A mission to steward life-long learning, advanced knowledge, and optimum health through the power of nutritional supplements. It wants to change the world by empowering people to reclaim their health and unlock their fullest potential — to lead longer, happier, and healthier lives. Cymbiotika.com 1. SECONDMUSE An impact and innovation company that builds resilient economies by supporting entrepreneurs and the ecosystems around them. Engages participants and organizations through a mix of innovation programming — hackathons, incubators, and accelerators. SecondMuse.com 3. SOAPBOX Empowers consumers to change the world through everyday, quality purchases — like 100% vegan ingredients. Every Soapbox purchase sees a bar of soap donated to someone in need. More than 20 million have already been donated. Soapbox.co 7. SUNDIAL BRANDS A haircare and skincare company recognized for its innovative use of high-quality and culturally authentic ingredients. It champions inclusive beauty through its purpose-driven business model, complementing the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) to accelerate growth while increasing positive social impact. SheaMoisture.com 11. GOOD CLEAN LOVE An organic sexual wellness brand in the United States and a woman-owned B-Corporation. They use green plastics for eco-friendly packaging and were the first company to achieve carbon neutral certification for a personal lubricant. Their products are sold at major retailers. GoodCleanLove.com 2. FACILITIES MANAGEMENT SERVICES A janitorial service that partners with community based organizations to support programs — for clean environments, personal health and welfare, and neighborhood development. GoodCleanLove.com 4. LUSH COSMETICS A handmade cosmetics brand with only vegetarian ingredients, little-to-no preservatives, and never any animal testing. Prioritizes ethical sourcing and produces innovative, package-free products, saving millions of plastic bottles from being disposed of every year. LushUSA.com 8. GAIA HERBS A mission to connect people, plants, and planet to create healing. For the past 34 years, this has served their guiding purpose. A leading herbal brand in North America committed to delivering the highest-quality health and wellness products assured for purity, potency, and integrity. GaiaHerbs.com 12. KRAFT GROUP Dedicated to making a significant positive impact on society, employees and the environment through responsibly-managed skin care salons. Its products are sold by leading skincare salons, day spas and spa hotels. KraftGroup.se 3. RANGAM CONSULTANTS A minority-, woman-, and disability-owned workforce solutions company, with a mission to promote “employment for everyone,” including people with disabilities, autism, and neurodivergence. Rangam.com Professional/Advisory Services Personal Care &Wellness 4. GREENPRINT A belief in preserving the planet by empowering its people. Creating positive change through innovative thinking and solutions so businesses can do well by doing good. Small actions can have a great impact, and they’re here to ensure that every business can be a part of a brighter future. GreenPrint.eco 15 REAL-LEADERS.COM / SPRING 2022 REAL LEADERS IMPACT AWARDS 2022 “As a culture or a civilization, we are a bit juvenile; it’s like ‘Oh, I have all this power, whoa, this is so cool, I can transform the Earth and I can produce all this wealth. But we’re blinded by our success in a naive way. There’s more to life, actually, and I think the sustainability issue is also helpful in reminding us about that.” —Tino Sehgal, German-Indian artistreal-leaders.com