All of the Untours Foundation’s active investments, in the form of loans or equity.
Designers and producers of gorgeous, high-end LEED certified counter tops and flooring made with 75% recycled glass. IceStone is a B Corp with cradle-to-cradle certification for its start-to-finish green practices. For insight into what makes IceStone special, read an article about its tenacious resilience in The Business Insider, and our blog post about IceStone.
Oke USA/Equal Exchange Bananas
Importers of Fair Trade Certified and certified organic bananas from small co-ops in Ecuador and Peru.
One Degree Solar
Producers of a superb solar light and recharger of cell phones and small appliances. Affordable to many in the developing world, the company’s “BrightBox” is long lasting and designed to have easily attainable replacement parts unlike most of its competitors’ products. Read more.
Chester, PA, minority owned plastic dying factory.
ROAR A company that manufactures and sells safety jewelry that can send alerts in emergencies or potentially threatening situations. For each device sold, a portion of proceeds is invested in educational programs that have been shown to increase empathy and reduce violence. Read more.
2nd Act Access Non-profit that builds accessible housing as inspired by the needs of Untours Foundation co-founder, Norma Taussig, following a stroke.
ABC Stewardship Coffee canning business with job training in Chester, PA.
Aunts and Uncles A Philadelphia-based, replicable project designed to lend funds, encouragement, and expertise to Fair Trade and local entrepreneurs who don’t have support from friends and family, as many new businesspeople from more privileged backgrounds do. Read more.
Bionatur Heirloom seed business in Brazil designed to provide cash income to settlers on lands reclaimed by the Landless Workers Movement.
Body Conscious Chester, PA, based body-works business.
C&C Imports, LLC Fair Trade Certified wine company.
Carol Hendrix Online school for establishing and running small businesses.
Minority-owned flooring company servicing Southern NJ and the Philadelphia area. Uses environmentally friendly carpet cleaning products.
Earth and State
Media, PA, Fair Trade retailer active in international Fair Trade Town campaign.
A certified B Corporation that makes clean burning cookstoves accessible and affordable in developing nations.
The Green Program An experiential travel education company that curates and sells short-term environmental education and sustainability courses for college students in Peru, Iceland and Philadelphia. Read more.
Intertribal Council on Utility Policy
Intertribal COUP is a leading edge energy group bringing wind power and straw bale housing construction to Indian reservations in the Dakotas. Read more.
Defunct, minority-owned water ice business that is still paying back its loan.
The Lancaster Food Company Organic bakery and maple syrup manufacturer that supports local organic farmers and creates jobs for hard-to-employ residents of Lancaster, an economically depressed small city in Pennsylvania. Read more.
Landless Workers School
Adult school focusing on sustainability issues for settlers in the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement.
New Day Chester A visionary redevelopment business that is breathing new life into downtown Chester, PA by rehabilitating decrepit buildings and renting spaces to artists and socially-minded entrepreneurs. Read more.
Minority-owned lawn care and snow removal company in Media PA.
Pachamama Coffee Cooperative
Fair Trade coffee company owned exclusively by Fair Trade Certified coffee cooperatives.
Minority-owned plastic dyeing factory in Chester PA.
Minority-owned metal recycler in Media PA.
Simone’s Art Gallery
Defunct art gallery formerly in Chester PA.
Microlender in Nicaragua incorporating novel and forward thinking sustainability practices. In addition to this loan, the Untours Foundation also offers a Charitable Remainder Trust investment in SosteNica. Read more.
The Enterprise Center
Non-profit offering access to capital, business education, and economic development opportunities to high-potential minority entrepreneurs.
Kenya- and US-based company training Kenyan women to make beautiful textiles out of natural fabrics and recycled plastic bags. They are creating a plastic bag recycling program in Kenya. Read more.
Wash Cycle Laundry
Model workforce development business. Wash Cycle picks up and delivers laundry on bikes, and uses locally produced green detergents and super-efficient washing machines and dryers. Read more.
Witness to Innocence The only national organization composed of and led by exonerated death row survivors and their family members. The mission of WTI is to abolish the death penalty by empowering exonerated death row survivors and their loved ones to become effective leaders in the abolition movement. Read more.Make a donation!