Gisele Bundchen attended the The Rainforest Alliance’s annual gala at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City last night, May 6, to award its 2009 honorees.

Sustainability commitments from global businesses continue to grow despite the current economic recession, helping to further on-the-ground conservation efforts. The annual gala recognizes companies and individuals for their work with the Rainforest Alliance on making sustainable supply chain decisions or for their longtime support of conservation work.

“The honorees we’ve selected have made solid commitments that benefit ecosystems, workers and wildlife worldwide,” said Tensie Whelan, president of the Rainforest Alliance, who was named one of the 100 most influential people in business ethics for the second year in a row by Ethisphere magazine. “By making sustainability a priority in their business decisions, they demonstrate its importance not only for the longevity of their businesses but also for the well-being of the entire planet.”

The 2009 honorees are:

Corporate Sustainable Standard-Setters (companies that have worked with the Rainforest Alliance and exhibited outstanding leadership in efforts to promote sustainability):

  • Green Hotels of Costa Rica
  • Suzano Papel e Celulose S.A.

Community Sustainable Standard-Setter:

  • Napo Wildlife Center, Comunidad Kichwa AƱangu

Corporate Green Globe Awardees (businesses that demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to furthering sustainability):

  • Allegro Coffee Company
  • Drie Mollen Group
  • National Envelope
  • Unilever – Lipton Tea

Individual Green Globe Awardee

  • Becky McKinnon

Gala proceeds benefited the Rainforest Alliance’s work in sustainable agriculture, forestry and tourism.

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