The Rainforest Alliance has announced its 2009 honorees for its annual gala. The gala, occurring on May 6th at the American Museum of Natural History, recognizes companies and individuals for their combined efforts with the Rainforest Alliance on making sustainable changes and decisions.

“The honorees we’ve selected have made solid commitments that benefit ecosystems, workers and wildlife worldwide,” said Tensie Whelan, president of the Rainforest Alliance. “By making sustainability a priority in their business decisions, they demonstrate its importance not only for the longevity of their businesses but also for the well-being of the entire planet.”

These honorees will come together with representatives from the Rainforest Alliance and other business leaders for a workshop on marketing sustainability and certification. It will be followed with an awards dinner, dancing and silent auction at the American Museum of Natural History.

All proceeds of the gala’s events will  benefit the Rainforest Alliance’s work in sustainable Kericho Workers agriculture, forestry and tourism.

The honourees include:

Corporate Sustainable Standard-Setters (companies that have worked with the Rainforest Alliance and exhibited outstanding leadership in efforts to promote sustainability):

Corporate Green Globe Awardees (businesses that demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to furthering sustainability):

Individual Green Globe Awardee

2009 Gala Co-chairs:

Honorary Chair:

  • Gisele Bündchen

Visit their website for detailed information how each of these companies and individuals have specifically done their part.

The Rainforest Alliance aims to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainability by. For more information, visit

Image: Unilever – Lipton Tea received a Corporate Green Globe Award this year for making an extraordinary commitment to sustainability. Workers at their Rainforest Alliance Certified Kericho Tea Estate in Kenya. © Rainforest Alliance

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