Monadnock Receives NHBSR Cornerstone Award
The New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR) 2008 Cornerstone Award was presented to Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. at NHBSR's annual conference held in Bedford, New Hampshire. The annual award is presented to 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 the State of New Hampshire. NHBSR chose the name for the award with the belief that corporate social responsibility should be a foundation of every business--a basic building block, or cornerstone, of our economy and our society.
Richard Verney, Chairman and CEO of Monadnock Paper Mills, accepted the award on behalf of Monadnock from former New Hampshire Governor Jeanne Shaheen. Monadnock was selected as this year's recipient from several finalists based on its ongoing achievements in conservation and environmental stewardship. Finalists for the cornerstone award included Tele Atlas, Climate Counts, The Smuttynose Brewing Company and Regency Mortgage.
"Being nominated as one of the five finalists for the prestigious Cornerstone Award is an honor that all Monadnock employees can be proud of," said Richard Verney. "Corporate social responsibility is the result of efforts by all employees at Monadnock. It is our collective objective to improve our environmental position each year."
In 2006 Monadnock generated 49% of its energy needs through its own low-impact hydro-electric generation facilities and was the one of the first paper mills to receive Forest Stewardship Council chain-of-custody certification for its Astrolite PC 100® post-consumer recycled printing papers. In 2006, Monadnock became an ISO 14001:2004-certified company for its comprehensive Environmental Management System
In the past two years alone Monadnock has been able to reduce operating expenses by $500,000 through its green efforts. "One thing I can't stress enough", said Richard Verney in accepting the award, "is that conservation is part of being a good corporate citizen and is not only the responsible thing to do, it also can save your company money". For more information about Monadnock Paper Mills and it's environmental efforts visit our website.