Winners 2022

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.​ 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.​ 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.​ 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. 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.​ 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. 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. 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. 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. 6. RSF SOCIAL FINANCE On a mission to catalyze transformation by circulating capital to social enterprises for a more just, regenerative, and compassionate world. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 11. CHARTER SCHOOL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT/ FORESIGHT Empowers charter schools with vital knowledge and services to understand and practice responsible financial management. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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