Herbaland is committed to sustainability, prioritizing the environment and community. In April 2022, they transitioned their gummies from plastic bottles to compostable packaging, which is crafted from natural and eco-friendly materials like cassava, sugar cane and cornstarch. Since then, they've prevented more than 10 tonnes of plastic bottles from reaching landfills. They've also embarked on a tree-planting initiative with the goal of planting 2.5 million trees to promote a regenerative economy and ensure a healthier planet for future generations.
Being immigrants themselves, Yang and Syed have embedded support for immigrants into their business, with a substantial percentage of their 200+ employees being newcomers to Canada.
“Through their business, Yang and Syed lead by example, inspiring other businesses with their purposeful innovations and motivating them to disrupt traditional business models and processes to build a better working world,” says Chang. “They embody the spirit of entrepreneurship that defines this year’s winners, and I couldn’t be prouder to celebrate this group of visionaries who are leading the charge for positive social, environmental and economic change.”
The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2023 Pacific Award Winners:
Wendy Bennison | SAXX
Thomas Martini | Apex Aluminum Extrusions Ltd.
Michael Menzies | The Universal Group
Tamer Mohamed | Aspect Biosystems
Mehar Pratap Singh | ProCogia
As the Pacific region’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2023, Yang and Syed will compete with winners from the Prairies, Ontario, Québec and Atlantic regions for the national honour of Canada’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2023, which will be presented at a celebration on November 30, 2023 in Toronto. In June 2024, Canada’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2023 will then move to the world stage to compete with more than 50 other country recipients for the title of EY World Entrepreneur Of The YearTM hosted in Monaco.
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