If humanity is going to transition into an era of sustainability, we are going to have to balance profit with protecting the planet. For sixteen years Salt Spring Coffee has been doing exactly this through our environmentally and socially-minded business practices, but also through our involvement with many non-profits and charities over the years.
One significant move we recently made was to join 1% for the Planet, a global movement of companies donating at least one per cent of their annual revenue to environmental organizations worldwide. Now gaining serious steam as it continues to add one new member a day, Fast Company has called 1% for the Planet the “gold standard of corporate responsibility.” We are proud and excited to be part of this network of like-minded leaders, enabling us to do together what cannot be done alone.
Our first project as members is the launch of the Zero Hero Waste Project (#zerohero) with our non-profit partner, LOCO BC. Now in the pilot stage, the objective is to create a tool businesses can use to reduce waste (and associated greenhouse gas emissions) from the average rate of 56% to less than 25%. We look forward to updating you on the progress in the coming months.
1% for the Planet’s membership is growing in British Columbia and along with Mountain Equipment Co-op, Nature’s Path/EnviroKidz, and Frogbox, we co-sponsored a Power Plant event last week featuring local members. The Vancouver Observer published a great overview of this sold-out event. An op-ed written by Salt Spring Coffee’s CEO Mickey McLeod and published last month in the Vancouver Sun provides more information on this exciting new development along some background about where it all began.
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