SOURCE: 10% Solution

May 08, 2008 10:52 ET

10% Solution Grants Certification to Three Orange County-Based Companies for Their Corporate Giving Programs

10% Solution Recognizes LaFlam Sullivan LLP, Road Less Traveled and Simple Peace Bags

DANA POINT, CA--(Marketwire - May 8, 2008) - With the mission of enacting positive global change through certified giving programs, 10% Solution has awarded certification to Newport Beach, Calif.-based LaFlam Sullivan LLP, Road Less Traveled in Santa Ana, Calif., and Corona Del Mar, Calif.-based Simple Peace Bags. Like the Good Housekeeping seal of approval or other international organizations for standardization, the 10% Certified designation ensures that qualifying companies meet rigid standards for corporate giving programs in three key areas: volunteering, philanthropy and a commitment to green sustainability.

"These businesses are not only doing what is right for the world, they are enacting socially responsible business practices and responding to consumer demand," said Jamie Welsh, founder and president, 10% Solution. "Research shows that when consumers are given a choice between two similar products or services, they consistently choose the one that demonstrates social return on investment (SROI) strategy. Businesses today no longer have to choose between the bottom line and doing good. Today, a fully integrated social and environmental responsibility platform is good for business! 10% Solution has created a way for consumers to recognize and support businesses that engage in certified corporate giving programs and a framework for organizations to follow."

To earn certification, all businesses agree to adhere to a 10 percent formula for giving. Certified companies donate 1 percent of sales or 5 percent of pre-tax profits, whichever is applicable for their company and industry, to meet the financial requirement. To meet the time requirement, companies organize, track and manage employee volunteer programs with an overall volunteer rate of 2.5 percent. Companies participate in a formal green business practice, as outlined in industry-recognized certification programs, to meet the 2.5 percent sustainability requirement.

About 10% Solution

Founded in 2007, 10% Solution helps companies and individuals enact positive global change through certified giving programs. Its 10% Certified designation is the only business accreditation program certifying the key social tithing initiatives: volunteering, philanthropy and sustainability as a single certification. The 10% Solution online community provides helpful information for individuals on how they can live a more 10% life. Their individual portal provides recommendations on useful articles, sites, practical solutions and has original content designed to help everyone incorporate daily giving practices. Their goal is to be the center for individuals, groups and neighborhoods to connect through giving networks. The company also offers outreach and corporate enhancement programs that educate individuals, groups, businesses and corporations about the power of sustainable business practices. In addition, its K-6 education programs connect schools with local service-oriented groups and organizations. Learn more at or call + 1 949-218-6722.

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