Sponsored by Jeffrey Hollender, co-founder and former CEO of Seventh Generation, founder and CEO of Sustain Natural.

This prize honors businesses in pursuit of a regenerative business paradigm as articulated in the seven “First Principles” of Regeneration. Honorees will be businesses with a deep and extended scope of aspiration to pursue and achieve shifts in one or more industries, show transformation in a social system, work to unravel and evolve cultural paradigms, and leverage governing agreements to give them new life and meaning.


“Recipients of the Regenerative Business Prize will be businesses with a deep and extended scope of aspiration to pursue and achieve shifts in one or more industries, show transformation in a social system, work to unravel and evolve cultural paradigms, and leverage governing agreements to give them new life and meaning.” – Carol Sanford

Prize honorees will receive:

  • A featured spotlight in our Annual Regeneration Summit Report;
  • A permanent video feature linked on the Carol Sanford Vimeo Channel and highlighted on our website and accessible directly;
  • Social media promotion for two months on multiple platforms including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter;
  • Featured in a blog on the Carol Sanford Institute website that goes to all our subscribers and is also syndicated on Sustainable Brands’ list of 450k subscribers;
  • A digital badge for your website denoting your award;
  • A podcast interview we promote and post on our Vimeo channel and link to our website;
  • Inscribed award for display;
  • Recognition of award from our prominent judges on their channels.

“You come back home and you’re energized! Taking yourself to another level in terms of who you are as a businessperson, in terms of how you’re bringing forth your essence stronger to have an impact in the world—those are reasons to go [to the Summit].”

– Alicia Silva, Founder, CEO Revitalization Architects, Mexico City
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Seven Phases to increase depth and preparation

1. Pre-proposal Submissions: March 1 – April 21

Smaller concept pre-proposal papers are requested using the pre-proposal form. This step is new in 2017 and is highly recommended.

2. Pre-proposal Review: April 15-30

Pre-proposal papers are reviewed and returned with written comments to help on the next round.  Reviews will fall into three categories: strongly encouraged to submit, encouraged to submit, or needs work.

3. Application Process Webinar: May 5

Nominators are invited to attend a webinar on the application process. Advice will be given on how to increase scores on the Rubric. The webinar will be recorded and posted for later viewing or review.

4. Nomination Period: May 1- 19

Companies are nominated using the nomination form , describing how the nominee uses principles of regeneration. Self-nomination is highly encouraged. An interview with the business’ founder is highly recommended to inform the nomination content. Click here for a rubric to help guide this interview and further outline the prize criteria. Click here for a sample nomination form, submitted by the Global Honoree of the 2016 Regenerative Business Prize.

5. Semi-finalists & Jury Panel announced: June 5

Semi-finalists for the Regenerative Business Prize will be announced across each of the six core value streams of fooding, sheltering, transacting, adorning, recreating, and communing. Check this page for the list of our twenty one semi-finalists for the 2016 Regenerative Business Prize.  Members of the Regenerative Business Prize Jury will also be announced.  Learn more about the 2017 jurists here, all pre-eminent contributors to the world of regeneration.

6. Honorees announced: August 21

The 2017 Regenerative Business Prize honorees are announced online and in a press release.

7. Global Honoree announced: September 25 – Seattle, WA

The Global Honoree of the Regenerative Business Prize is announced at the celebration dinner and launch of the Regenerative Business Summit in Seattle, Washington.

“It was a great, fun, party with all the learning of new ways of looking at things. Where would you ever go to hang out with people who are striding on the edge of personal and societal transformation?”

– Jan Dietrick, General Manager, Rincon-Vitova Insectaries, 2016 Regenerative Business Prize Global Honoree and Fooding Honoree
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Food Lovers Market

Food State

Greenfire Group

HIP Investor

HKS Architects


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Natural Habitats

New Chapter

New Hope Network

Permaculture Artisans

Private Energy Partners

Revitaliza Consultores

2016 Sponsors
2016 Partners

2016 Participating Businesses NeillRegenerative Design GroupBrass Castle PartnersPDE Total Energy SolutionsImlak'esh OrganicsOrchard Supply HardwarePeaceworkPEMCO Insurance AgencyGaia U InternationalSecond Use Building MaterialsCaruhRevitaliza ConsultoresComcastRE Farm CafeOn Safari FoodsLush CosmeticsCommunity Sourced CapitalIsland Developments LimitedJohnny's LuncheonettePadma Food and BeverageLocal Practice Architecture + DesignInternational Living Futures InstituteTerra Genesis InternationalOpen MediaRegenesisGridSTAR CenterT-MobileConservation DevelopmentEvrnuCapsci HealthNaturefyTwo WolvesOmega Center for Sustainable LivingYellow SeedManens-TifsSecond Line DesignsIsland Developments LimitedBiggerstaff ConstructionConservation Design ForumGuckenheimerHKSSeventh GenerationSoma Integral ConsultingThe Decurion CorporationRASATDA_BoulderGolden Coast MeadEqogoFrutas y Carnes LimitadaThe Alinker InventionsTaller13CyclEffectEjido VerdeThompson Management Phipps Conservatory and Botanical GardensRincon-Vitova InsectariesRF BINDERVeterans Experience OfficeInstitute for the Built EnvironmentValeo GroupPeaceworkSan Francisco Kites & ToysKaosPilotsTheo ChocolateHigh End Market PlaceJendoco ConstructionGroveHerban FeastCareOregonMOXY MoneySuperego, LLCThe Integral CenterRegenerative Capital, LLCKindling MediaEpicycledKannaImpact Hub Oakland