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CLIMATE NEUTRAL

Climate Neutral

WHAT IS THE ORGANIZATION? WHAT DO THEY DO?

Climate Neutral is a nonprofit organization that strives to drastically decrease global carbon emissions by enabling companies to reduce emissions and carbon footprint.

In their own words, Climate Neutral “works to decrease global carbon emissions by getting brands to measure, offset, and reduce the carbon they emit.” They go on to say that they “believe consumers and brands must work together to drive the world toward the zero net emissions future that science tells us we urgently need.”

Simply put, Climate Neutral simplifies the hard work of reducing a company’s emissions to be neutral (or even negative). This enables executives and board members of companies large and small to have a direct impact on the environment through achieving zero net carbon emissions.

WHY DOES SLEEP365 BELONG TO THE CLIMATE NEUTRAL ORGANIZATION?

Like any other company, we rely on physical materials to make our products. But we also believe that the environment is our responsibility. Because of this, we partner with Climate Neutral to create a better world now, and in the future, through the reduction of our corporation’s carbon emissions.

Climate Neutral believes in “a world where all consumers have the ability to choose brands that take responsibility for their carbon emissions.”

We could not agree more. Thankfully, Climate Neutral gives us the tools we need to make this happen year after year, working toward a better and healthier Mother Earth all the time.

WHY DOES THIS MATTER TO A CUSTOMER?

Experts across the scientific community have shown repeatedly that our climate is in danger — and in dire need of remediation. Unfortunately, governmental policies are often too slow to come to fruition.

That’s why we believe in the power of corporations to make a difference now. We know that people want to make a difference, and we take pride in knowing that we’re doing our part to enact change.

Further, we believe in our customers, and that they value this planet and our climate as much as we do. We want SLEEP365’s customers to be confident that their purchases with us also support their values for the climate, working daily to make the world a better place.

Organic Trade Association (OTA)

WHAT IS THE ORGANIZATION? WHAT DO THEY DO?

OTA stands for the Organic Trade Association.

The Organic Trade Association functions as “the membership-based business association for organic agriculture and products in North America.” This is no small feat, as the “OTA is the leading voice for the organic trade in the United States, representing over 9,500 organic businesses across 50 states.”

Additionally, the OTA has “member organic businesses [who] work together through networking, advocacy, and other initiatives to encourage and protect organic farming practices, and to share messages about the positive environmental and nutritional attributes of organic products with consumers, the media, and policymakers.”

WHY DOES SLEEP365 BELONG TO THE OTA ORGANIZATION?

As far as ingredients are concerned, few factors have quite so much an impact as being organic. At SLEEP365, our mattresses and bedding come from highly selective sources, organically and ethically produced, from farm to showroom to bedroom.

As the OTA Core Values Statement puts it, we “work to protect the diversity of life, recognize the interdependence of all parts of the organic community, understand that organic farms are the foundation of the organic industry, seek out and use whole system approaches to agricultural and business practices, [and] support the human right to knowledge and choice in the marketplace.”

We believe that organic goods make a real difference for the present and the future. With the support of an organization like OTA, we are able to put our beliefs into practice and work to make the world a better place for our customers with all of our sleep system products.

WHY DOES THIS MATTER TO A CUSTOMER?

OTA functions as the “unifying voice of the U.S. organic industry on Capitol Hill.” As such, they are able to work toward the advancement of the organic “mission to promote and protect organic agriculture and trade through legislative and regulatory advocacy.”

To become a part of this incredibly valuable and growing group of organic standards advocacy, SLEEP365 was required to go through the organization’s systematic application process.

We presented an accounting of our company with regard to organic materials and systems and were admitted as an official OTA trade member.

National LGBT Chamber of Commerce

WHAT IS THE ORGANIZATION? WHAT DO THEY DO?

NGLCC stands for the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

As the NGLCC website puts it, they are “the business voice for the LGBT community.” As such, the “NGLCC ensures that the LGBT business owners have a seat at the table for both federal and local pro-business policy initiatives and interests. Using its national presence, NGLCC takes an active role in discussions with legislators and government officials at all levels of government to advance the economic interests of the LGBT business owner.”

In other words, the NGLCC goes to bat for businesses and business owners who are a part of the LGBT community. They stand up for the rights of LGBT entrepreneurs and encourage diversity across the nation, and across a wide variety of industries and sectors.

Their initiatives include entities such as California’s own Public Utilities Commission, which produces annual reports on diversity, such as the Utilities Procurement of Goods, Services, and Fuel from Women-, Minority-, Disabled Veteran-, and LGBT-owned Business Enterprises. As a San Francisco-based business, this has a unique impact for us, our employees, and our customers.

WHY DOES SLEEP365 BELONG TO THE NGLCC ORGANIZATION?

At SLEEP365, we believe in promoting the fullness of humanity and empowering diverse voices.

We also have a vested interest in the rights of LGBT individuals and businesses. The company’s owner, Richard, and his husband John, are a gay married couple. They are firmly committed to the cause of LGBT rights at every level: globally, nationally, locally, and in every store where SLEEP365 operates.

NGLCC supports Richard and the entire SLEEP365 brand in promoting policy that favors LGBT groups and diversity across the country.

WHAT DID WE HAVE TO DO TO QUALIFY TO BE A PART OF THE ORGANIZATION?

NGLCC enables companies to become Certified LGBT Business Enterprise® (LGBTBE).

To qualify, SLEEP365 had to go through a unique certification process, including the submission of financial information about our business, as well as our marriage certificate. Finally, we were required to conduct an interview with individuals at NGLCC to finalize our application and become an approved LGBTBE.

WHY DOES THIS MATTER TO A CUSTOMER?

Here at SLEEP365, we stand by the belief that diversity not only benefits underserved communities, but that it makes the world a better place.

In our efforts to leave our world better than we found it, we make a constant commitment to enabling and empowering LGBT voices and communities however we can.

To make this happen, we rely on organizations like NGLCC to help us support inclusion, embrace diversity in the community, and make the world a more LGBTQ-friendly space, one day at a time.