We are thrilled to be honoured with B Corp’s Best for the World-Award. You can find our name in the official ‘Best for the World’ list for 2016. We were specifically recognised for our work in the area of environmental sustainability, where we scored in the top 10 percent of more than 1,800 Certified B Corporations from 50 different countries. The complete assessment measures a company’s impact on its workers, community, customers and the environment.
B Corp Environmental assessment
The environmental assessment of the B Corp Best for the World-Award evaluates a company’s environmental performance through its facilities, materials, emissions and resource and energy use. It considers a company’s transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. In addition, it measures whether a company’s products or services solve any environmental issues.
How we reduced our environmental footprint & won the Best for the World-Award
We are conscious of the environmental footprint our business may have and believe other corporations should do the same. We track, monitor, and analyze all aspects of our company from our office to our warehouses. To offset our footprint, we have initiated projects and partnered with like organizations to do so:
Switched to LED lighting in our warehouse and office reducing energy usage by almost 40%
Installed a simple but efficient air exchange system that cuts our A/C use by almost 90%
Offset emissions and turned our business into a Carbon Neutral operation since 2012
Planted over 5,000 trees through our reforestation project to offset our footprint
Consolidate shipments to optimize international shipments
Reuse shipping materials to reduce waste
Initiated a compost and recycling program for neighboring tenants
Weigh our waste weekly and target an 80% landfill diversion rate
Put green energy back onto the grid to match the amount used by our facilities via Bull Frog Power
Funded a banana plantation project in South Sudan where we planted 400 banana trees
Created the Dresden & Terra, the two most eco-friendly French presses in the world.
We believe that businesses should “do well by doing good” and believe others should do the same. Moreover, we use this theory to guide us through our long term, short term, and day to day decisions. We will also continue to offset our footprint, and do what we can to prevent future generations from having to deal with it.
B the Change Media simultaneously released separate lists recognising B Corporations as Best for the World (overall impact), Best for Workers, Best for Customers and Best for Community. We’re thrilled to see other Canadian companies receive an award, including Salt Spring Coffee company, Lucky Iron Fish, Saul Good Gift Company, and our neighbor and partner in the Safe Water Project, Enviro Stewards.
A big thank you!
To our partners, customers, employees, and friends, thank you for helping us be a Best for the World B Corp!