Annual Awards Program
Each year the Natural Products Association honors dedicated individuals who have made significant contributions benefiting the natural products industry. At the Natural Products Association’s annual trade show and convention, members gather to salute those dedicated individuals who have contributed so much to the association and the industry. Award recipients are honored during the Natural Products Association’s annual trade show and convention.
About The Socially Responsible Retailer Award
The Socially Responsible Retailer Award recognizes Natural Products Association member companies that excel in integrating social responsibility in multiple aspects of their businesses including volunteerism, education, employee empowerment, environment and health. This year’s recipients are Good Foods Grocery in Richmond, Virginia, LifeSource Natural Foods in Salem, Oregon, and Marlene’s Market and Deli in Federal Way, Washington.
(source: Natural Products Association website http://www.naturalproductsassoc.org)
LifeSource Natural Foods is a retail store located in Salem, Oregon, with a focus on supporting its customers’ healthy lifestyles and environmental consciousness. The store specializes in organic foods and locally produced products, with a 100-percent organic produce department, products for people with special dietary needs, and a vegetarian deli. The store has more than 50 employees. Since opening in 1994, LifeSource Natural Foods has been proactive on issues of sustainability — the store meets 100 percent of its electrical load with clean wind power through Portland General Electric. The stores follow what they call a “humanistic approach” with employees, striving to pay its employees a livable wage and encouraging a work/life balance.