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Green America Presents Green Business Leadership Award to Dharma Merchant Services

Payment processing provider recognized as an extraordinary leader by its peers.

November 23, 2009

Washington, DC Green America presented the eighth annual Green Business Leadership Award to Dharma Merchant Service, a registered Merchant Service Provider (MSP) offering socially responsible and certified green payment processing. The award was presented on Nov. 12th, at Green America’s Green Business Conference in San Francisco. Dharma Merchant Services, based in San Francisco, was chosen as the winner from amongst four nominees by the 250 conference attendees, who are all leaders in the green business field. 

As a socially responsible business, Dharma Merchant Service donates 10% of processing profits to the charity of each merchant’s choice. Dharma Merchant Service has completed the Bay Area Green Business program and successfully went through Green America’s screening process in 2007 and has been vetted as a certified B Corporation for two years in a row.

Sustainable business practices include: green banking with New Resource Bank, 100% solar powered hosting, use of public transportation, all office paper is of recycled content and staff is active in community organizations such as the Green Chamber of Commerce and EcoTuesday.

“We didn’t have our hearts set on winning because it was enough of an achievement for us to be nominated. Also, given the caliber of the other nominees, companies we know and respect and even work with (Vital Hemptations is a client), we didn’t expect to win. It was a complete surprise, and we were so touched to be chosen. We are grateful that our business model, approach and delivery is resonating with the community we endeavor to serve, and that we were given this meaningful recognition.”

The other four nominees for the Green Business Leadership Award were Ecowood Displays (Mount Shasta, CA), Salazar Packaging (Plainfield, IL), and Vital Hemptations (Santa Monica, CA).

This year marks the Fourth Green Business Leadership Award.  Last year’s award was presented to Mr. Ellie Pooh (Brooklyn, NY). Dr. Karl Wald of Mr. Ellie Pooh presented this year’s award to Dharma Merchant Services. Green Business Network member Shasta Visions provided this year’s award.

Green America is a national nonprofit organization founded in 1982, providing the economic strategies, organizing power and practicing tools for businesses and individuals to address today’s social and environmental problems.


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