Every business has an impact on society and the way that people live their lives, from the products and services they deliver to the way they operate – including employment practices and supply chain decisions. For Sunstrand, social responsibility is a commitment to do more than just serve the needs and expectations of customers and shareholders – it means going beyond business basics and serving a social need.
Many farmers are in financial difficulty. Prices for many commodities have been low, and the costs of inputs to maintain yield levels rise at a higher rate than average price levels. Relatively little attention has been devoted to input cost reductions or tapping into environmental markets with price premiums. We are devoted to our local farmers and provide them with a unique opportunity to generate revenues for environmental markets with price premiums by utilizing acres that have not been generating revenue.
We also find that communities with more sustainable agriculture practitioners have a greater capacity to mobilize community resources for local development, including more active participation in local government, and the creation of new community economic development structures and new businesses. Other agricultural benefits for the community include scenic open working landscapes, better health, environmental stewardship, reduction of greenhouse gases, sequestration of carbon, preservation of wildlife habitat, and biological diversity. We at Sunstrand believe a strong agricultural base will ensure lasting benefits to the community it serves. We are proud to source our feedstocks from local, American farmers.
Our work initiating and developing the domestic natural fiber industry is constantly creating new jobs and stimulating further research into sustainable industrial practices. We work closely with industrial hemp programs at Kentucky universities, along with Cornell University, kindling the next generation of sustainable thinkers.