Not knowing much about Clif Bar, Inc. before starting to read Raising the Bar, I’ve been astounded to learn the degree to which Clif Bar is a forward-thinking, environmentally friendly company. And, they have an incredible focus on improving the lives of their employees. This isn’t a company that necessarily started out environmental; they took 10 years to become an organic product. What they have done is continuously questions their practices and strive for more and better. As one employee put it,

I have never worked for a company with a conscience before.

We recently joined one of our clients, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, for an eye-opening night of videos and presentations about the world of coffee from the perspective of the growers. Not only is Stumptown actively educating us about the global impact, but they are actually improving the lives of coffee growers through both a willingness to pay a fair price for coffee and through numerous programs, like their latest efforts to bring bicycles to coffee-growing regions.

These are two companies that are challenging Needmore to think about how we can be environmentally consciences (we just switched to green power) and enrich the lives of our clients and those who work with us. We’re glad they exist! Are there companies that inspire you?

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