Hard Work, Dedication, and New Creations.
We firmly believe that giving back to your local community is crucial to developing healthy, young leaders with vision. Values are often translated through family and work; yet, many people suffer from not enjoying the many opportunities we take for granted. Give back for an hour or a day, and we promise that you will make a difference. These are a few national programs we are passionate about.
View the Special Operations Warrior Foundation website:
Contact: the Idaho Food Bank by clicking the link below:
Contact: Green America by clicking the link below:
Contact: Habitat for Humanity by clicking the link below:
Contact: Big Brothers and Sisters of America by clicking the link below:
Contact: Tree City USA by clicking the link below:
Contact: America's Second Harvest Network - Lets End Hunger!
Good Superfoods donates 5% of Energy Bar profits to SOWF
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TEN TIPS ON VOLUNTEERING
1. Research the causes or issues that are important to you. Look for a group that deals with issues about which you feel strongly.
2. Consider what you have to offer. If you enjoy outdoor work, or have a knack for teaching, you may want to look for a volunteer opportunity in which your special skills can be utilized. Similarly, you may want to think about your specific personality and how your organization skills or communication style might fit with different organizations or activities.
3. Think outside the box! Many community groups that are looking for volunteers, like neighborhood watch programs, prisons, disaster relief organizations, youth organizations, intergenerational programs, and park services may not have occurred to you but could just be the perfect fit.
4. There’s no need to wait to be asked. There are many ways to find organizations that are In need of volunteers. Ask your friends or colleagues about their own volunteering activities. The Internet has great online volunteer referral services, including www.volunteer.gov. Or try visiting your local volunteer center. These services can help you to find the right volunteer opportunity for you.
5. When you find an organization that is in line with your interests, request an interview and plan for it in much the same way that you would plan for a job interview. Be ready to describe your interests, qualifications, and background, and also be prepared to ask your interviewers about their organization and the benefits they offer to their volunteers. An interview will allow you and the organization to find the right match for your skills and interests.
6. Would you like to learn something new? Consider whether the organization offers training or professional development opportunities for their volunteers. Volunteering can provide you with the chance to learn about something you’re interested in and develop skills in a new area.
7. Find the volunteer activity that fits your schedule. Organizations need different levels of commitment for different types of volunteer activities. Serving as a mentor, for example, will require a regular, intensive commitment, while volunteering for a walk-a-thon is a seasonal commitment.
8. Volunteer with friends or as a family. Think about looking for a volunteer opportunity that would be suitable for parents and children to do together, or for husband and wife or a group of friends to take on as a team. Volunteering with others can be a great way to get to know people better and can help keep you excited about volunteering.
9. Virtual Volunteering- yes, there is such a thing. If you have computer access and the necessary skills, some organizations now offer the opportunity to do volunteer work over the computer. This can be a great way to get started in volunteering, and can also provide a way to volunteer at home on a flexible schedule.
10. Don’t give up! If you find that your volunteering experience is not all that you expected, talk to your volunteer supervisor or coordinator about it. Think of what could make it better and check with them to see if your ideas are possibilities.
First and foremost, all ingredients must meet the Good Superfoods™ standards of high quality and functionality.
Economic transparency is required. Suppliers must be certified by a third-party who regularly ensures equitable payment to all suppliers in the supply chain.
Good Superfoods™ endeavors to work with suppliers, vendors, and businesses that uphold high standards of Social Responsibility. Measures evaluated by third-party verifiers are in place to ensure safe, fair and humane working conditions internally, including protecting the rights of workers and providing adequate living conditions.
For more information, consult our website.
Good Superfoods™ reduces its carbon footprint by purchasing carbon-offset credits. Measures are consistently updated and evaluated to manage waste, protect water quality, conserve water and energy, preserve biodiversity and reduce agrochemical use. Good Superfoods™ is committed to business practices that ensure environmental recovery and sustainability for the long term.
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ECO I ENERGY
Good Superfoods™ continues to lead with regards to running a true eco-conscious business. We are challenging standard business practices in all areas of operation, while still offering the best products on the market. We believe that being eco-conscious is synonymous with great service, great products and a successful business. We hope you agree.
Below are some business practices we employ daily, in an effort to leave as small a footprint as possible.
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
• We consolidate heavy freight shipments to cut down on fuel consumption.
• We use 100% re-cycled paper products for marketing and day-to-day business.
• We use natural Soy based inks in our marketing materials.
• We re-cycle all corrugated materials locally.
• In house, we re-cycle paper, plastic and aluminum locally.
• We work electronically for most transactions – reducing overall paper use.
• We do not do mass mailings of brochures or sales collateral.
• We post all our web documents in electronic Flash or PDF form.
• We offset 100% of our energy use (warehousing, offices, production, etc.) with WIND and SOLAR credits. Good
Superfoods™ is ZERO footprint compliant.
• We have committed to 100% offset with the EPA Green Power program.
• We use Energy Star® compliant refrigeration and office technology in our corporate facilities.
• We use energy-efficient light bulbs in all our facilities.
• We use alternative fuels in our service/ delivery vehicles whenever possible, to help offset our dependency on fossil fuels.
• Good Superfoods™ uses Cleaners that are all non-toxic, water-based, hypoallergenic and biodegradable. Eco-friendly
cleaning helps preserve employee health as well as cut health costs and creates a better overall working environment.
• All Good Superfoods™ employees are trained in eco-friendly practices.
EPA Green Power® Partnership
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that supports the organizational procurement of green power by offering expert advice, technical support, tools and resources. Partnering with EPA can help your organization lower the transaction costs of buying green power, reduce its carbon footprint, and communicate its leadership to key stakeholders. Green power is electricity produced from a subset of renewable resources, such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, and low-impact hydro. Buying green power is one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve your organization’s environmental performance.
Good Superfoods™ is committed to running a 100% carbon offset business – we use the EPA developed Power Profiler tool, which helps determine the air emissions associated with our electricity consumption. Green Power Partners can use the Power Profiler tool to assess the emissions associated with our conventional electricity consumption. The Power Profiler can also help identify your eGRID utility sub region based on zip code and utility provider information.
We work with the Carbon Fund, a national, nonprofit organization, to purchase our carbon credits. Our offsets will include our transportation, corporate office, warehouse, and production facility, beginning in 2011. The Carbonfund.org supports three types of carbon offset projects; each type plays an important role in the fight against climate change. The projects they support are third-party certified to meet the same high standards that thousands of companies, organizations, and governments rely on to ensure quality environmental protection.
Fair Trade Certification empowers farmers and farm workers to lift themselves out of poverty by investing in their farms and communities, protecting the environment, and developing the business skills necessary to compete in the global marketplace. Fair Trade is much more than a fair price -
Fair Trade Principles Include:
Democratically organized farmer groups receive a guaranteed minimum floor price and an additional premium for certified organic products. Farmer organizations are also eligible for pre-harvest credit.
Fair Labor Conditions
Workers on Fair Trade farms enjoy freedom of association, safe working conditions, and living wages. Forced child labor is strictly prohibited.
With Fair Trade, importers purchase from Fair Trade producer groups as directly as possible, eliminating unnecessary middlemen and empowering farmers to develop the business capacity necessary to compete in the global marketplace.
Democratic and Transparent Organizations
Fair Trade farmers and farm workers decide democratically how to invest Fair Trade revenues.
Fair Trade farmers and farm workers invest Fair Trade premiums in social and business development projects like scholarship programs, quality improvement trainings, and organic certification.
Harmful agrochemicals and GMOs are strictly prohibited in favor of environmentally sustainable farming methods that protect farmers’ health and preserve valuable ecosystems for future generations.
* Fair Trade Certification is currently available in the U.S. for coffee, tea and herbs,
cocoa and chocolate, fresh fruit, sugar, rice, and vanilla.
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Forest Stewardship Council
The Forest Stewardship Council was created to change the dialogue about and the practice of sustainable forestry worldwide. This impressive goal has in many ways been achieved, yet there is more work to be done. FSC sets forth principles, criteria, and standards that span economic, social, and environmental concerns. The FSC standards represent the world's strongest system for guiding forest management toward sustainable outcomes.
Like the forestry profession itself, the FSC system includes stakeholders with a diverse array of perspectives on what represents a well-managed and sustainable forest. While the discussion continues, the FSC standards for forest management have now been applied in over 57 countries around the world.
Vegetable-Based Printing Inks and Coatings
Good Superfoods™ produces as little printed material as possible, and we are committed to using only vegetable-based printing inks and coatings in our marketing collateral and packaging materials.
We begin our raw chocolate process with Single Origin, USDA Organic, Ecuadorian Cacao – Good Superfoods™ uses certified USDA Organic ingredients whenever possible - the remaining ingredients are always Non-GMO plant-based, (algae, extracts, etc.) that are nutraceutically-based and therefore not capable of being certified by current NOP regulations. We are trying to change those regulations over time, as we firmly believe that the inclusion of naturally derived, and naturally extracted (water, CO2) ingredients should be allowed under the certification process.
* The term Organic refers to the way agricultural products - foods and fibers - are grown and processed. It is an ecological system of management that at its core relies on a healthy rich soil to produce strong plants that resist pests and diseases. Organic farming prohibits the use of toxic and persistent chemicals in favor of more “earth friendly” practices that work in harmony with nature and preserve biological diversity. Because organic practices recognize and respect the powerful nature of antibiotics, organic practices protect human health in the long term. Organic practices prohibit the use of hormones, antibiotics, GMO’s or other animal drugs in animal feed for the purpose of stimulating the growth or production of livestock. Pesticides pose special concerns to children because of their high metabolisms and low body weights. More than 1 million children between the ages of 1 and 5 ingest at least 15 pesticides every day from fruits and vegetables. More than 600,000 of these children eat a daily dose of organophosphate insecticides, and 61,000 eat doses that exceed benchmark levels by a factor of 10 or more. Organic practices protect us from these statistics rising even higher.
Growing the annual U.S. organic food sales to 10% of our total consumption, would improve our personal health by lowering the incidence of neuro-developmental problems in children, including ADHD and autism. Abnormal neuro-development in children can be caused by pre-natal and early life exposures to pesticides and chemicals that contaminate our food chain. 10% will also lower the number of pre-term deliveries each year - prematurity is now an epidemic in the United States, affecting one in eight babies. It is a leading cause of developmental problems, and death, in babies. By eating organic, we could virtually eliminate dietary exposures to insecticides known to be developmental neurotoxins. The massive rise in obesity, diabetes, autism, developmental problems, early sexual maturity in teens, ADHD, and much more, is thought to be directly linked to our exposure to these harsh chemicals, hormones, GMO’s, and antibiotics. Why are children at greater risk? First, they ingest more food and water per pound of body weight than adults, so any exposure is greater in proportion to their size. Second, these chemicals are more harmful to the developing organs and bodily systems in children. Commit to 10% organic, and lead our children toward change.
* Sourced From the OTA
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View the Special Operations Warrior Foundation Website
Visit the FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL Website
View the EPA Green Power Partnership Website
View the Carbon Fund Website
View the Rainforest Alliance Website
View the USDA Organic Website
View the Fair Trade USA Website
View the Organic Trade Association Website
View the Oregon Tilth Website