11 Sep B Corp Recertification and Transparency
Last year we sent our group of foodservice clients sustainability reports which disclosed what percentage of preferable products we purchased monthly and how much waste we generated. This year we thought, why not make this information available to the public?
Beyond Green was recently recertified as a B Corporation—something that happens every other year. Being a B Corp is a great mechanism for staying honest and using real data to back up the values our practices and community connections emanate from. We love measurement in the kitchen, and asserting this across our entire organization creates a culture of transparency and comradery.
B Lab assesses 4 main categories during certification: governance, workers, community, and environment. A healthy portion of our community score comes from giving back to the local economy by buying local food from farmers. Our waste management policies rank us well above the median environment score. Not only do we operate a zero-waste kitchen, but we compost in the office, use towels instead of paper towels, and print double-sided…to name a few.
Transparency is essential for being a B Corporation, so we figured why not put our foodservice sustainability reports on the web. Releasing this data will not only hold us accountable but will also educate our customers. It is easy for companies to say they are organic or local. It is also easy for consumers to assume that this means 100%. Who doesn’t want to believe that?
By providing precise data we leave no room for uncertainty and hope that people will see more clearly the current structure and financials of the food system so we can keep making it better together!
Fun fact: did you know that Greg helped found B Corporation standards? He was also a B Corp Champions Retreat Award Winner in 2011.
About B Corp
Certified B Corporations meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests, and build collective voice through the power of the unifying brand. As of May 2014, there are more than 1,000 Certified B Corps from over 60 industries and 34 countries, representing a diverse multi-billion dollar marketplace.