REAP Announces Partnership with 1% for the Planet

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July 19, 2011 – REAP Business Association is a new nonprofit partner of 1% for the Planet, an alliance of over 1,380 member companies in 43 countries that give one percent of revenues to environmental causes.

REAP is now eligible to receive donations from 1% member companies, placing them among a diverse, global network of environmental organizations.  1% member businesses fuel this non-profit network through their annual contributions, which totaled over $22 million in 2010.  Partnership with 1% greatly expands the potential pool of funding to which REAP can look to for support.

REAP was approved as a non-profit partner because it contributes to a healthier planet by educating businesses about sustainable operational practices and inspiring Calgarians to vote for a greener local economy with their shopping dollars.

Over 2,300 non-profits worldwide are included in the 1% network, and over $70 million has been funneled to its nonprofit partners to date.  “The intent of 1% for the Planet is to help fund these diverse environmental organizations so that collectively they can be a more powerful force in solving the world’s problems,” Yvon Chouinard, founder of 1% for the Planet.

“Every person can create positive change just by being mindful about their daily decisions. REAP helps Calgarians to be the change that is most important to them by connecting people with local solutions that create a better world for all of us,” Stephanie Jackman, founder and president of REAP Business Association.

About 1% for the Planet

Started in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard, founder and owner of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, owner of Blue Ribbon Flies, 1% for the Planet is a growing global movement of over 1,350 member companies in 43 countries that donate one percent of their sales to environmental organizations worldwide. Each day, more than one new business joins the 1% for the Planet movement. As a network, the 1% community has become a frontrunner in funding the work of environmental groups around the world. To learn more about 1% go to:www.onepercentfortheplanet.org

For more information contact Melody Badgett at melody@onepercentfortheplanet.org or (802) 496-5408.

About REAP Business Association

REAP – Respect for the Earth and All People – wants to help educate Calgarians that their day-to-day decisions can help create a more sustainable future.  REAP Members are Calgary businesses that make ethical business decisions – buying green power, paying their employees a living wage, supporting local suppliers and giving back to their community – because they believe in corporate social responsibility.

For more information visit www.reapcalgary.com or contact REAP’s founder and president Stephanie Jackman at (403) 862-2874 or stephanie@reapcalgary.com.

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