BOSTON — Six Massachusetts companies, ranging from a ski resort in the Berkshires to the largest grocery chain in New England, have been named winners of the inaugural Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) Sustainability Award. The award recognizes excellence in environmental stewardship, promotion of social well-being, and contributions to economic prosperity.
AIM announced that Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort of Hancock, PeoplesBank of Holyoke, W.D. Cowls Inc. of North Amherst, Cavicchio Greenhouses Inc. of Sudbury, Gorton’s Seafood of Gloucester, and the Stop & Shop New England Division of Ahold USA were selected from among 33 nominations. The six companies will be honored at a series of regional celebrations throughout Massachusetts in September and October.
“These companies set the standard for sustainably managing their financial, social and environmental resources in a manner that ensures responsible, long-term success,” said AIM President and CEO Richard Lord. “Sustainability guarantees that the success of employers benefits our communities, our Commonwealth, and our fellow citizens. We congratulate our honorees and all the worthy companies that were nominated.”
Sustainability has gained widespread acceptance in recent years as global corporations such as Walmart, General Electric, and IBM make it part of their business and financial models.
The six honorees were selected by a committee that included the co-chairs of AIM’s Sustainability Roundtable: Johanna Jobin, director of Global EHS and Sustainability at Biogen; and James McCabe, sustainability manager, Global Operations Group, Waters Corp.
AIM initiated the Sustainability Roundtable in 2011 to provide employers the opportunity to exchange sustainability best practices and hear from experts in the field. That opportunity has attracted dozens of participants from companies such as Bose, Siemens, Coca-Cola, Boston Beer, MilliporeSigma, Ocean Spray, Analogic, and Cisco.