Submitted by: Sustainable Connections

Sustainable Connections is pleased to announce that Samson Rope, Kombucha Town and Mallard Ice Cream submitted the winning proposals to receive free in-depth sustainability reporting services from their Sustainable Business Development Program.

Through the generous support of the Whatcom Community Foundation, Sustainable Connections will help guide these businesses through the sustainability reporting process from start to finish, and provide each with a detailed plan of action to address opportunities and challenges found along the way. Though sustainability reporting can be considered non-financial, tracking and implementation of sustainability practices often leads to stronger financial performance and a healthier business overall.

A specific focus area for this reporting service will also be employee wellness and community interaction, as happy and healthy employees contribute to a high functioning workplace and the betterment of our community at large! All of the participating businesses in this pilot program are committed to sustainable practices and the process of continuous improvement.

Chris McCoy owner Kombucha Town remarked, “We are very grateful and honored to be a recipient of this work. It will further enable us to reinforce our commitment to sustainable community development and high quality low impact products.”

Patricia Boteler, Employee Engagement Manager for Samson added, “While Samson has made great strides in sustainability, we realize that reporting is the next important step to fully realize our hope of leading the community in sustainable business practices. We thank the Whatcom Community Foundation and Sustainable Connections for offering this support and we look forward to working together on this venture.”

“We are excited to work with these businesses on this important project. A developing trend is integrative reporting which incorporates appropriate sustainability information equally alongside financial information and provides organizations with a broad perspective of how to improve holistically,” said Mark Peterson of Sustainable Connections. “Our community has always been full of sustainability leaders and we feel that these three businesses will help others see how doable it is to follow this emerging best practice.”

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