Portland, Oregon (JUNE 13, 2018)—Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers is committed to improving the lives of coffee-farming families around the world—but it’s something the company doesn’t do on its own. It takes the tireless work of coffee farmers and coffee-roasting companies who are equally committed to doing business differently. On Tuesday, those collaborative efforts were recognized when Sustainable Harvest was named a Best For The World honoree by B Lab, the nonprofit organization that operates B Corporation certification.
Certified Benefit, or B, Corporations are companies committed to using business as a force for good. To become a B Corp, businesses must meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Sustainable Harvest has been a B Corporation since 2008 and was the world’s first certified coffee importer. The company is an active member of the B Corp community and a longtime advocate of B Corps’ ideals and approach. Sustainable Harvest is honored to work alongside customers and collaborators that are also Certified B Corps, including Ben & Jerry’s, Coda Coffee, Equator Coffees & Teas, KeepCup, Miir, Nossa Familia Coffee, Reunion Island Coffee, and Salt Spring Coffee.
“We’re proud to be named a Best For The World honoree for the fourth year in a row,” says David Griswold, Sustainable Harvest’s founder and CEO. “We are now in our 10th year as a Certified B Corporation, and I am inspired by how far this movement has come. B Corps are growing in numbers, thanks to B Lab and the great resources they provide companies who want to learn how to harness the power of social and environmental performance. I think as companies adopt these ideals, the business world becomes a much more virtuous place.”
The 2018 Best For The World honorees are recognized for achieving a verified score in the top 10 percent of all Certified B Corporations on the B Impact Assessment. B Corp uses the assessment to regularly measure its members, and Sustainable Harvest has even used the assessment to gauge the performance of its coffee-producer partners. When the company held an auction for its La Lucha coffees at the recent SCA Expo, all producers whose coffees were featured had to score 80 and above on the B Impact Assessment, ensuring the coffees were high-impact, as well as high in quality.
Sustainable Harvest also regularly collaborates with other B Corporations on innovative projects. In 2017 the company partnered with New Belgium Brewing to create a limited-edition beer called La Folie Grand Reserve Geisha. In keeping with the companies’—and B Corps’— focus on impact, $1 from each bottle was donated to create a certified seed bank in Latin America that will help smallholder coffee farmers become more resilient to climate change.
Sustainable Harvest is a specialty coffee importer whose mission is to improve the livelihoods of coffee- farming families around the globe through its Relationship Coffee model. Since its founding in 1997, the company has partnered with over 200,000 smallholder farmers, helping them gain access to premium markets and increased incomes. Learn more at www.sustainableharvest.com.