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    Socially Responsible Business

    Corporate America is increasingly looking towards small scale and local businesses for ideas to improve social responsibility.

    From the fields of Kentucky, to the forests of Nicaragua, to the Internet Superhighway - join host Jerry Kay, publisher of the Environmental News Network, as we learn how some businesses are integrating a commitment to their community with a commitment to their own bottom line.

    This Week's Guests:

    Jim Cannell — Founder/owner, Jimís Organic Coffee

    Jim first got interested in roasting coffee while working on Wall Street on the green coffee trading desk. In 1992 he began his own roasting business and later went on to found Jimís Organic Coffee. Based in Wareham, Massachusetts, Jim pays premiums to coffee growers to provide him with certified organic, certified kosher and shade grown beans.

    Joe Sibilia — Owner, CSRwire

    In addition to CSRswire, the corporate social responsibility newswire service, Joe is the president of Meadowbrook Lane Capital, a self described socially responsible/sustainable investment bank specializing in turning values into valuation. The long-term goal of Meadowbrook Lane Capital is the development of alternative succession opportunities for mission driven companies. Joe has bought and sold eighteen of his own companies many of which are recognized for pioneering social and environmental commitments. He is also a Board member of the Social Venture Network.

    Annie Faragher Bennett — CEO, My Family Farm

    A former social worker, Annie took over the snack food company her father founded in 2002. My Family Farm donates all net earnings to children's charities nationwide. In 2003 the company posted $650,000 in sales, and it was expected to hit $1 million in 2004. The company's products contain organic wheat flour, no hydrogenated oils and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

    More information:

  • Jimís Organic Coffee
  • My Family Farm
  • CSRwire
  • Meadowbrook Lane Capital
  • Social Venture Network
  • Business for Social Responsibility

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