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Salt Spring Coffee named Best For World for the second time.

VANCOUVER, BC, September 12, 2016: Salt Spring Coffee was recognized for creating the most positive overall community impact by B the Change Media based on an independent, comprehensive assessment administered by the independent nonprofit B Lab. This is the second time that Salt Spring Coffee has recieved this distinction. Honorees are featured in the upcoming fall issue of B Magazine and on B the Change’s digital platform. They were also honored at the first-annual Best for the World Celebration & Awards Ceremony at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas Business School.

Salt Spring Coffee is honored in the Best for Environment 2016 list, which includes businesses that earned an Environment score in the top 10 percent of more than 1,800 Certified B Corporations on the B Impact Assessment.  Salt Spring Coffee was also on the Best for the Environment list in 2012. The full assessment measures a company’s impact on its workers, community, customers and the environment. The 143 winning companies in the Environment category come from 15 industries and 17 countries.

The Environment portion of the B Impact Assessment 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. The assessment also measures whether a company’s products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure or consult to solve environmental problems. Honorees scoring in the top 10 percent set a gold standard for the high impact that business as a force for good can make on nature around the world.

B the Change Media simultaneously released separate lists recognizing B Corporations as Best for the World (overall impact), Best for Workers, Best for Customers and Best for Community.

“Salt Spring Coffee is celebrating 20 years in business this year. For two decades, sustainability and social responsibility have been an integral part of our story. To have our those efforts recognized within this global community of incredible businesses is truly an honour,” says Salt Spring Coffee co-founder and CEO Mickey McLeod. “We couldn’t be more proud.”

Additional 2016 Best for Environment honorees include: Seventh Generation; New Belgium Brewing; and Sungevity.

“The companies we are honoring as the best for the world represent the cutting edge of a global movement using business as a force for good. We are inspired by them, and feel deeply honored to join them in this historic and ground-breaking celebration,” said Bryan Welch, CEO of B the Change Media, the multiplatform media company that publishes the quarterly B Magazine and host of the Best for the World event at the University of California, Berkeley on September 8, 2016.

A total of 515 Certified B Corporations were named 2016 Best For the World Honorees, including: The Honest Company; Cooperative Home Care Associates; and Traditional Medicinals. Thirty-five countries are represented, including Afghanistan, Kenya, Vietnam and Turkey. The selection criteria for Best for the World are extensive.

The 2016 Best for the World Honorees represent nearly one-third of all B Corps, displaying a wide range of excellence throughout the community. Today there are more than 1,800 Certified B Corporations across over 120 industries and 42 countries, unified by one common goal: to redefine success in business. Any company can measure and manage social and environmental performance.

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About Salt Spring Coffee

Salt Spring Coffee is one of Canada’s largest and most respected macro-roasters. They began roasting coffee in the spring of 1996, building around strong values and environmentally responsible business ethics and practices. Today, they roast 1,600 kilograms (3,500 pounds) of coffee per day and supply more than 1,200 cafes, restaurants, wholesalers, grocers and specialty food stores across Canada.

About B the Change Media

B the Change Media was formed as a partnership between B Lab, the community of B Corporations, and Bryan Welch, former CEO of Ogden Publications (B Corp since 2010). B the Change Media is a multiplatform media company whose mission is to build the world’s largest engaged audience of people with a passion for using business as a force for good. B the Change Media has editorial and operating independence and covers compelling stories about business as a force for good, not just stories about B Corporations. B the Change Media has independent investors and is a subsidiary of B Lab, the nonprofit organization that administers the Impact Assessment and aggregates the B Corporation community. B the Change Media is a Pending B Corporation.

About B Lab

B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good.  Its vision is that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world and society will enjoy prosperity for all for the long term.

B Lab drives this systemic change by: 1) building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between “good companies” and good marketing; 2) passing benefit corporation legislation to give business leaders the freedom to create value for society as well as shareholders; 3) helping businesses measure, compare and improve their social and environmental performance with the free B Impact Assessment; 4) driving capital to impact investments through use of its B Analytics and GIIRS Ratings platform.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Aron Bjornson, Sr. Director, Sales & Marketing – (604) 842-5527 aron@saltspringcoffee.com
Megan Brock, B the Change Media – (785) 832-1222 ext. 208 megan@bthechange.com

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