Very happy to announce that Wilhelm Visual Works is a proud new member of 1% For The Planet, pledged to contribute at least one percent of annual revenues to qualified nonprofit partners committed to creating a healthy planet.
As an environmental science graduate that years ago somewhat accidentally derailed into a wonderful career in visual communications, joining OPP is a daily reminder to not only use my skills to better the planet, but also share in any business successes to fund the fine work of nonprofits helping to protect the places I call home. While action and adventure sports will remain a foundation of the business, a return to environmental storytelling will be a primary focus over the next few years. In this world of social media and viral sharing, compelling content will always find a home, and thus pictures and video are more important than ever in effectively communicating some of the planet’s most pressing issues. Visual storytelling is my power for the planet.
While my small business financial contributions will undoubtedly pale in comparison to the fine example set by industry leaders under OPP’s umbrella, according to the 2008 SBA census, US small businesses represent approximately 46% of US GDP, and thus small entrepreneurs collectively possess great influence and financial strength to positively impact the planet. I encourage everyone in my network, businesses both small and large, to take the pledge and help give back to protecting planet Earth.
About 1% for the Planet
1% for the Planet is a global network of businesses that donate one percent of annual sales directly to approved environmental and sustainability nonprofit organizations. Over 1200 member companies in 48 countries give back to this big blue planet through over 3600 nonprofit partners. Started in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, owner of Blue Ribbon Flies, 1% for the Planet helps people buy better products and protect the planet we play on. To date, our network has given over $100 million back to blue. To learn more go to: www.onepercentfortheplanet.org
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