GloryBee Foods, the Eugene-based natural food distributor, processor and re-packer, was awarded the Bold Steps Award by Mayor Piercy at the State of the city Event on January 8, 2014.
GloryBee beat out two finalists for the prize: Life Technologies, a global life sciences company and Rainbow Valley Design & Construction, a design/build firm specializing in environmentally friendly new homes, remodels and commercial spaces.
The Bold Steps Award recognizes Eugene-based sustainable businesses, and represents a partnership between The City of Eugene, Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy and BRING’s RE:think Business program. Recently updated from a semi-monthly award to an annual award, this year’s award increased the level of competition, as well as the visibility of the winner.
A number of GloryBee’s practices helped the company earn the recognition including:
• an extensive employee benefit plan, health incentives program, and a comprehensive performance evaluation program.
• in 2012, the company reduced its use of propane, natural gas, and water by 15%, 4% and 37% respectively. The company offsets 100% of its electricity consumption with Renewable Energy Certificates, and diverted 65% of all waste from landfills in 2012.
• two primary social initiatives – Save the Bee, which addresses the declining honey bee population, and Healthy Living, which works with nonprofits that work with issues related to child health, nutrition, and physical activity.
“Eugene is nationally recognized as a leader in sustainability not simply because of our policies, but because of the commitment and innovation of businesses and residents who are working to improve environmental quality and grow our green economy,” said Mayor Kitty Piercy. “Working together we are creating a greener, more sustainable, and livable city.”
For the City of Eugene, sustainability means considering and balancing all three aspects of the triple bottom line – people, planet and prosperity – to address the community’s present needs without compromising future generations. The Bold Steps award recognizes businesses that embody this vision and are taking bold steps in each area of the triple bottom line.