Generation Hope and Plastic Credit Exchange Recognized in Real Leaders® Top 300 Impact Companies of 2023


Nanette Medved-Po (6th from left), founder and executive chairperson of Generation HOPE and Plastic Credit Exchange with teachers and community members in Marawi

Real Leaders® has released its latest list of the world's most impactful companies that are leading purposeful change, and two Philippine-based companies, Generation HOPE and Plastic Credit Exchange (PCX), have been recognized for their exceptional contributions to social and environmental impact. These companies have been ranked at 232nd and 257th place, respectively, joining the ranks of other winners such as Tesla, Ben & Jerry's, and Crocs.


"This is our fifth annual ranking, and the number of award winners has tripled. It's encouraging to see how this movement is going mainstream with businesses all over the world," said Mark Van Ness, Founder of Real Leaders. "We are excited to welcome new and past company winners to the impact movement, and into the Real Leaders Impact Awards community."


Founded in 2010, Real Leaders® is a membership community for impact leaders with a global media platform dedicated to driving positive change.


In its fifth year, the magazine reveals its Impact Awards which ranks 300 Impact Companies solving existential problems through innovative and sustainable market-based solutions. Calculated by the Real Leaders 'Force for Good' score, it takes into account the company's 5-year sales growth, revenue, and B Impact Assessment to objectively rank the companies.

Respected brands from a variety of industries globally, such as Toms, Vita Coco, Tetra Pak, and Lego Group also made it to this year's list.


"We are thrilled to be recognized by Real Leaders among many other values-aligned companies," said Nanette Medved-Po, Founder and Executive Chairperson at HOPE and PCX. "We aspire to continue to build out effective market-based solutions to address important environmental and social issues in the Philippines and beyond."


Generation Hope has made a significant impact since its establishment in 2012, with 122 public school classrooms built in areas where it’s needed the most. Additionally, the organization's agricultural interventions have benefited over 21,000 smallholder coconut farmers in Mindanao, resulting in the planting of more than a million coconut trees in the region last year. Generation Hope is also actively contributing to environmental conservation by diverting plastic away from nature and collecting approximately 551 kilograms of plastic in 2022 alone.


Plastic Credit Exchange’s (PCX) mission is to accelerate the transition to a circular economy and to build a future where no plastic ends up in nature. PCX is addressing the plastic waste problem by collecting, tracking, monetizing and repurposing plastic with the power of blockchain technology while supporting communities on the ground. It is the only fully transparent global marketplace for audited plastic waste reduction.


To date, PCX and its partners have diverted more than 42 Million kilograms of plastic waste from nature, invested over $3 Million into the historically underfunded circular plastic economy, and its waste-to-energy programs have driven more than 70K tons of carbon reduction from coal replacement.




About HOPE


HOPE is an impact organization that has been recognized as Best for the World™ B Corp for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 2012, HOPE's mission began with its flagship product HOPE in a Bottle which commits 100% of profits to build public school classrooms. In 2014, the organization expanded to agricultural initiatives that aim to improve the livelihoods of smallholder coconut farmers in Mindanao. HOPE also addressed its environmental impact by becoming the first Net Zero Plastic Waste certified PH brand in 2018. Much recently, the organization took this a step further by engaging with women micro-entrepreneurs who manage plastic waste-to-cash sites that provide them and their communities with additional incremental income.


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For more information, please contact:


Nanette Medved-Po,

Founder, Generation HOPE



Julie Van Ness

CEO, Real Leaders



About PCX

Plastic Credit Exchange is the world's first global full-service plastic offset platform that provides seamless and traceable solutions to take responsibility for post-consumer plastics.


PCX was founded by Nanette Medved Po in the Philippines in 2019, one of the epicenters of the plastic pollution crisis, to divert plastics away from nature and into the circular economy.


By activating an ecosystem of partners, plastic waste is responsibly recovered, processed, or recycled through projects that improve livelihood, scale up social impact, and reduce the flow of plastic pollution into nature.


PCX was also the first to introduce the Plastic Pollution Reduction Standard (PPRS) to certify project partners through a 3rd party auditing process.

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Check out the official list of awardees here.