Many entrepreneurs are enthused when companies they founded are categorized among the leading ones. When Ryan Emmons—the founder of Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water—received news that his company had been included in the Inc. Magazine’s list, his was thrilled. Not only had Waiakea been included in the Inc. Magazine’s list but also it had emerged among the top 500 companies that include top firms such as Microsoft, GoPro, Patagonia, and Zippos among others. The Inc. Magazine will honor Waiakea on October 1O, 2017. The Magazine annually ranks fastest growing companies in America.
Several factors could have contributed to Waiakea’ inclusion in the revered list, but its impressive growth recorded at 1059.3% for the last three years stood out. The company is also known for its eco-friendly production methods, unparalleled corporate social responsibility, conservation of the environment, and above all its delicious, distinctive, and naturally alkaline bottled water. Waiakea’s water has also been described as naturally healthy, mineral-rich, and with many benefits for its consumers.
Why is Waiakea so concerned with the environment? Well, the company extracts its raw materials from the naturally occurring snowmelt and rains around the Mauna Loa volcano peak. Waiakea is well aware that for its business to be sustainable, it must protect the environment. This explains its continued calls for reforestation, low emissions production methods, and biodegradable packaging materials. The company has received several awards in honor of its tireless efforts to conserve the environment. Some of the awards the company has bagged include the Best Biz Awards – the most socially responsible company in North America gold in 2015, best corporate social responsibility initiative and best-packaged water award, and the 2015 food and beverage innovation award 2015.
Waiakea has played its part in sorting out water crisis experienced all over the globe. The company donates 650 liters of water for every liter of water purchased. The exercise is said to cost Waiakea over 5% of its revenue. Waiakea is also involved, in conjunction with Pump Aid, in providing water to some African communities. Emmons states that their partnership with Pump Aid has enabled 1.35 million Africans to access clean water.