Storm Creek's CEO, Teresa Fudenberg, has been honored with the Bess Cohn Humanitarian of the Year Award. This recognition celebrates those who exhibit an unwavering commitment to charitable causes and volunteerism, aligning perfectly with our core values.
Teresa's remarkable journey to this accolade is a testament to her genuine compassion and her unwavering dedication to our mission of "Seeking Better." Under her visionary leadership, Storm Creek has not only become a well-regarded sustainable apparel brand but has also played a pivotal role in driving meaningful change, both on a national and local scale.
Our success is rooted in three fundamental pillars: Quality, Sustainability, and Social Responsibility. Through these guiding principles, Teresa has set a powerful example, demonstrating that success and giving back can go hand in hand.
A Vision for a Brighter Future
We are dedicated to making a positive impact on communities through active involvement in charitable initiatives and a pledge to donate 5% of our profits to philanthropic causes. By 2030, we aim to contribute $5 million to various charities. Achieving this ambitious goal necessitates the collective effort of our entire team. Teresa underscores the importance of her employees, stating, "Our employees consistently demonstrate immense passion and purpose."
Teresa and the Storm Creek team have already exemplified their commitment to giving back by donating over $1 million to a wide array of charitable organizations, ranging from national non-profits like the National Park Foundation and Feeding America to local groups like Big Brothers Big Sisters-Twin Cities and Dakota Woodlands. Additionally, Teresa initiated the Storm Creek Community Fund to ensure that lesser-known organizations receive the financial and in-kind support they need.
Inspiring a Culture of Giving
Teresa's accomplishments extend far beyond monetary contributions. She firmly believes in the power of leading by example, encouraging her employees to volunteer their time and skills for various charitable causes. By nurturing a culture of giving, Teresa has ignited a ripple effect of compassion and generosity that extends well beyond the confines of Storm Creek. Her actions have inspired numerous other businesses and individuals to elevate their philanthropic efforts.
Sustainability at the Core
Our commitment to giving back goes beyond financial and in-kind donations. We are on track to repurpose over 30 million plastic bottles by the end of 2023. Teresa emphasizes, "We produce nearly 1 million garments annually, and ensuring their quality to prevent them from ending up in landfills is our responsibility. We could opt for cheaper and faster methods by not using sustainable materials, but we believe it's our duty to make things better."
Teresa's recognition as the Bess Cohn Humanitarian of the Year underscores the profound impact she has made through Storm Creek's mission to "Seek Better" for our planet and communities. Through her leadership, Teresa is reshaping the landscape of corporate social responsibility, proving that it is not merely a buzzword but a catalyst for positive change.