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Monadnock Paper Mills up for award

New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility announces the finalists for the 2013 Cornerstone Award: Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc, Hypertherm and W. S. Badger Company.

NHBSR will present the Cornerstone Award at its annual Spring Conference, to be held on May 21 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord. The award recognizes an individual, a business, or organization that exemplifies the concepts of corporate social responsibility within their organization and promotes the concepts of corporate social responsibility to the greater business community within New Hampshire.

“The Cornerstone Award is named for the cornerstone of a building, a significant first building block of a large and important building,” explains NHBSR Executive Director Michelle Veasey. “This year’s finalists demonstrate a strong foundation in corporate social responsibility and a commitment to community involvement. Their innovation demonstrates that companies can do well by doing good.”

Monadnock Paper Mills in Bennington has been making paper since 1819. Through sustainable innovation, it continues to grow while reducing its impact on the environment and making a positive contribution to the surrounding community. Monadnock Paper Mills’ identified and implemented projects resulted in a 14 percent reduction in water use over the last three years, and the company has reduced its electricity consumption by 7 percent. The company supports many local nonprofit organizations, including Bennington’s Town Cleanup Day.

W.S. Badger Company in Gilsum creates body care products of the highest natural quality, with the intention to protect, soothe and heal. As a Certified B Corporation, Badger voluntarily meets higher standards of transparency, accountability and performance, and encourages other companies to support the B Corp movement. Badger’s purchasing practices support sustainable agriculture and helps improve working conditions around the world.

Based in Hanover, Hypertherm designs and manufactures the world’s most advanced metal cutting products for use in a variety of industries. Most of Hypertherm’s supply chain partners are chosen because they are located locally, and Hypertherm mentors its partners on their CSR initiatives and shares best practices with them. Hypertherm’s HOPE Foundation supported 96 communities in 2012, and a recent corporate engagement survey reported that 91 percent of the company’s associates are proud of the way Hypertherm supports New Hampshire’s communities.

This year’s NHBSR conference theme, “Your Sustainability Playbook: Shaping a Game Plan That Works for You!,” breaks the mold of a traditional conference, combining a morning of innovative ideas with an afternoon of discussions around topics selected by attendees. A panel of leaders will share their Most Valuable Plays for Sustainability in focused, 8-minute presentations that provide conference attendees with practical solutions that they can implement. Jay Friedlander will deliver a keynote address titled “Unlocking Innovation & Preparing for the Next Economic Wave,” exploring why and how leading companies are using a sustainable perspective to save money, grow sales and create business models that make them more competitive.

More information on NHBSR can be found at nhbsr.org.

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