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Earlier this year, we proudly announced our certification as a B Corporation after a rigorous audit of our entire company from the source to the shelves. It was a feat that we felt privileged to accomplish as it placed our ethics, interests, and future goals in line with many other global businesses who’ve set their purpose on pursuing good over greed.

On June 12th, B Lab (the non-profit behind B Corporation certification) announced its annual Best for the World List and we were delighted to see our name! Best for the World takes the top 10% of B Corporations in 6 categories and honors them with the designation of being an outstanding company with a critical focus. You’ll find us on the Best for Community list along with 225 other B Corps who put emphasis on supporting people and the places where they do business over and above a simple trading of goods.

best for community

This achievement highlights our focus on giving back to the community around the Twin Cities and abroad, our commitment to our staff in Minneapolis, and our deeply rooted mission to serve coffee producing cooperatives by paying fair prices and forming long-term trading relationships. The Community portion of the B Impact Assessment measured our practices and policies around community service and charitable giving, including whether our product is designed to solve a social issue, such as access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity and the arts.

Honorees set a gold standard for how business can be a force for good in communities around the world. We made the list thanks to practices like investing in farmer cooperatives by forming long-term trading relationships, minimizing environmental impact by delivering our coffee via bicycle, occupying a green building, composting waste, and using intermodal transit.

people, planet, and profit are equally important to our success

Our Queen Bean, Lee Wallace, reflects on this honor, ‘Since our founding, we’ve proven that coffee, though simple in form, can make a positive difference for people and places thousands of miles apart. As the first B Corp Certified coffee company in Minnesota, we proudly consider people, profit, and the planet to be equally important to our success, and believe that every business decision we make has the potential to make a positive impact on our world.’

Nearly 1,000 Certified B Corporations were named 2018 Best for the World Honorees, including Patagonia; King Arthur Flour Company; Green Mountain Power; and the United Kingdom’s Charity Bank. Fifty-two countries are represented, including Denmark, India, South Africa and Taiwan. Honorees are featured at bthechange.com/bestfortheworld.

We continue to dedicate ourselves to the truth that businesses, especially in coffee or other globally traded commodities, can impact positive change, support progressive sourcing methods, and exist to empower its staff and equip its community to advocate for positive change regardless of industry.

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Published by Peace Coffee on June 20, 2018.

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