B Corporations Are Gaining Popularity Globally

Businesses and consumers alike are increasingly seeking the same thing: businesses that are an active force for good. Consumers in the 25-44 age bracket are the most engaged in supporting B Corporations, and the overall rate of consumer sentiment toward B Corporations has consistently risen over the past decade, according to Foodable Labs. In the last 12 months alone, certified B Corporations have increased globally from about 2,600 to over 2,900 — suggesting that companies recognize the value of the label.

Founded in 1981, Signature Breads is one of the few B certified companies in the foodservice industry. In 2006, it became independent and employee-owned with an average employee tenure of over 14 years. Signature Breads constantly searches for new ways to improve its practices and provide opportunities for its employees. For example, the company employs “a diverse workforce of over 250 employees from over 19 countries, and hire up to 10 language translators for company-wide meetings to ensure all employees are fully aware of company news and announcements by hearing them in their native languages,” according to the B Corporation website.

Greyston Bakery and New Belgium Brewing are two other exceptional B certified companies in the foodservice industry.

As the main brownie supplier for Ben & Jerry’s, Greyston Bakery has an open hiring policy that prioritizes hiring people who have experienced homelessness, substance abuse, incarceration, and other hardships. All of its profits are directed toward the Greyston Foundation, which helps fund affordable housing and numerous support services for low-income families.

New Belgium Brewing is 100 percent employee-owned. Established in 1991, the brewery is also committed to supporting local social and environmental activists and works toward making its own practices sustainable and accountable.

Like all certified B Corporations, Signature Breads, Greyston Bakery, and New Belgium Brewing believe it has a social and environmental responsibility to do good and benefit as many people as possible.

Watch the clip above to learn more about Signature Breads and its mission to bring people together to change the world through the power of bread!

Vanessa Rodriguez

Vanessa Rodriguez

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Farm From a Box: The Swiss Army Knife of Sustainable Farming

Brandi DeCarli is not an engineer or a farmer but she and her team at Farm From a Box... Not Farm in a Box... has created a revolutionary product that could change the way the world farms.

Their product is arguably the coolest, smartest, greenest thing that has come out of modifying shipping containers since, well, since we started modifying shipping containers.

DeCarli is an entrepreneur, activist, and a dreamer, one that can manifest her dreams into a fully sustainable reality and that my friends is a dangerous combination. If you have not heard of her "Swiss army knife of sustainable farming" let me break it down for you.

Each unit is a solar powered 20 ft shipping container with everything you need to farm two acres of land completely off the grid. COMPLETELY! Yes, that includes a modifiable water system and even WIFI! 

Why? 

"If we look at climate change, land degradation, population growth... (farming) has to rapidly evolve and it has to become much more climate resilient and we have the technologies now..." 

In Virginia U.S., Veterans are running a farm called "Independence" and during the winter months, the solar power grid is providing heat to their greenhouses while crop growth is limited. In Tanzania, Alice Concessa's farm is providing her and her family a way out of extreme poverty.  

DeCarli has a vision for what food sovereignty can look like and that is not just working the land, it’s creating infrastructure and it's education, elevating any community it is placed in. 

Listen to this episode of Food Out Loud to learn more about Farm From a Box and DeCarli's vision for a food independent future. 

Sustainability-Focused Brands Share Best Practices

Thanks to today's technology and data analytics, we are well aware of the impact we have on our environment. But knowledge is power.

Brands across the country now have teams dedicated to improving sustainable practices, all committed to a larger mission to reduce their carbon footprint.

At the Foodable.io Seattle event, we sat down with three sustainability experts– Jessica Myer, environmental specialist for Ste Michelle Wine Estates, Julia Person, sustainability and manager for Kona Brewing, and Nelly Hand, founder & and fisherman to learn about each of their roles and how their brands are providing eco-friendly solutions.

But to make sure that sustainable practices are being universally used within a business isn't always easy.

"As we grow as a company and our sustainable practices are actually coming into fruition, our biggest challenge is that our locations in eastern Washington and Oregon are very rural, so we don't have access to the recycling seen in Seattle or Portland. The city of Walla Walla (in Washington) doesn't have any glass recycling, which seems insane. But we have to find innovative ways to get our products recycled," says Myer. "Another thing is the plastic challenge. We are having to sometimes paid to recycle our plastic now, which is not necessarily sustainable for a business but we want to make sure we're doing the right thing."

This movement encompasses much more than recycling. There's water conservation, alternative power sources, fishing techniques, and harvesting practices– that all make an impact on our planet and its resources.

Listen to the full episode above to learn more about how these brands are looking for new ways to be more eco-friendly, while also closing the loop on consumers demands around full sustainability and responsibility from all sides.