Published May 19, 2009
Volume 17, Number 5

  • As part of the company’s celebration of Earth Day, Shaklee chairman and CEO Roger Barnett was joined by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and 2004 Nobel Prize winner Dr. Wangari Maathai for the planting of Shaklee’s millionth tree to commemorate the culmination of Shaklee’s “A Million Trees, A Million Dreams” campaign.     

    The initiative was launched in April, 2006, with a goal of offsetting a significant portion of the carbon dioxide the company produces in conducting business and to raise public awareness of global climate change. Many of the trees were planted through Dr. Maathai’s Green Belt Movement, which began mobilizing the women of Kenya to plant trees to conserve the environment in 1976. “Shaklee led the way in achieving carbon neutrality in 2000 and has mobilized its networks to plant a million trees for the planet, which is not only a great achievement, but an inspiration to all of us,” said Dr. Mathaai. “What you’re doing here is extraordinary,” added Gov. Schwarzenegger. “Shaklee is about inspiring others.” 
  •   “Shaklee has tried to show the world that companies can build long term successful businesses by helping millions of people have better health and more income, while making a meaningful impact on the world,” said Shaklee’s Barnett. The company also used the occasion to launch a new campaign, “A Million Healthier Lives in 2009.” 
  • 1st United Services Credit Union, headquartered in Hacienda, recently sponsored and participated in the 5th Annual Bay Area International Virtual Enterprise Trade Fair. Over 1,100 students from several Bay Area high schools, and as far away as New York and Oregon, participated in this annual event. The students were required to create their own business from scratch, including elements including marketing and financing for their business.       

    “We saw many talented youth and are very excited about our future business leaders,” said 1st USCU’s Tony Fernandes, who served as a judge at the event. “I am quite impressed with all the commitment to education and community works that 1st United Services Credit Union has,” added Wil Richberg, business academy advisor at James Logan High School in Union City. 
  • Hacienda’s West Valley Staffing Group (WVSG) has been named one of the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area for 2009 by the San Francisco Business Times. The list ranks WVSG at number one in the small business category, thanks to its performance in an anonymous survey completed by employees who gave the organization high marks in a number of areas, including corporate climate and culture, management policies, and benefits offerings.

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