Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods makes B Corp Best for the Environment List
In celebration of Earth Day, the nonprofit B Lab released its third annual “B Corp Best for the Environment” list recognizing 84 companies worldwide for their positive environmental impact. Certified B Corporations use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems and have met rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. Companies make the list by ranking in the top 10 percent of all Certified B Corporations on the B Impact Assessment, a meticulous assessment of a company’s impact on their workers, community and the environment. Honorees were selected among micro, small and mid-sized businesses and come from more than 30 different industries such as financial services, consulting, apparel and personal care. Thirty-six percent operate in the service sector, 33 percent in wholesale/retail and 25 percent in manufacturing.
Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods (HLH) made the list by planting rare high value endemic koa trees on Hawaii Island. “We have a great team and incredible partners; this award is really theirs. Together we are restoring an environment that has been degraded by decades of overuse and restoring an ecosystem that will return greater economic value than was obtained by its conversion in the first place,” said Jeffrey Dunster, HLH CEO. Some trees are planted for investors for eventual harvest, while “Legacy Trees” are planted to permanently reforest the land, sequester carbon, advance science and inspire environmental awareness. HLH also has set aside 1000 acres of its sustainable forestry project to establish the state’s first Hawaiian Legacy Forest.
HLH uses state-of-the-art technology backed by decades of experience to help preserve thousands of years of history, culture and natural resources. HLH is located 34 miles north of Hilo, above the historic Umikoa Village on the slopes of Mauna Kea. For more information, please visit hlh.co and legacytrees.org.