Orange, MA; 9-4-2019 – Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Company, a Certified B Corporation, has been named a Best For The World honoree in recognition of their significant positive impact on communities of coffee farmers around the world, and for how they’ve built this level of care into their business model.
Ranking in the top 10 percent of all 3,000 B Corps for their positive impact on communities, Dean’s Beans earned this honor because of their exemplary supplier relations with coffee farmers, and involvement in the coffee farming communities, as well as their local community. Dean’s Beans was also assessed on their practices and policies around community development, including whether their product or service is designed to solve a social issue, such as access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity and the arts. Dean’s Beans made this Best For The World list thanks to exceptional practices, like their direct People-centered Development projects in the coffeelands.
“We design and fund People-Centered Development projects in each community we work with, based on the communities’ chosen priorities. This award-winning approach focuses on the real needs of local communities for the ecological, economic and social necessities of life that are often disrupted by conventional development assistance. This is all in direct partnership with the farmers who know better than anybody else how to help themselves.”
~ Dean Cycon, Founder/CEO
Dean’s Beans partners with coffee farming communities on projects ranging from gender equity, clean drinking water, food sovereignty, youth in agroforestry, and combating climate change, endangered species and migratory bird habitat, children’s literacy, and cervical cancer detection and treatment. Dean’s Beans also supports many local non-profits, social justice issues and advocates on the state level for worker’s rights and environmental protection.
Best For The World recognition is administered by B Lab, the global nonprofit that certifies and supports Certified B Corporations, which are for-profit companies dedicated to using business as a force for good. Today there are 3,000 Certified B Corporations across 64 countries and 150 industries, unified by one common goal: to redefine success in business.
“We’re incredibly proud of this year’s Best For The World honorees,” says Anthea Kelsick, Chief Marketing Officer of B Lab. “These inspiring companies represent the kinds of business models and impact-driven business strategies that are building a new economy—one that is inclusive, regenerative, and delivers value to all stakeholders, not just shareholders. To that end, B Corps like Dean’s Beans are redefining capitalism and showing that it actually can work for everyone.”
1,000 B Corps from 44 countries were named to the 2019 Best For The World lists, including Patagonia, Beautycounter, Dr. Bronner’s, TOMS, Seventh Generation, and Greyston Bakery. The 2019 Best For The World honorees are determined based on the verified B Impact Assessments of Certified B Corporations. The full lists are available on https://bcorporation.net/.
About Dean’s Beans: Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Company’s mission has been clear for 26 years: To use high-quality, specialty coffee as a vehicle for positive change throughout the coffeelands of Asia, Africa and the Americas. In 1994, we set out to prove that a for-profit business could create meaningful change through ethical business practices rooted in respect for the earth, the farmer, our co-workers and the consumer. A proven pioneer in the field of social responsibility, social justice, sustainable practices and ecological stewardship, we ask you to join our movement. Together, we can brew great coffee and create real change.
Contact: Katherine Parcell; Admin & Marketing Manager
About B Lab: B Lab is a nonprofit that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. B Lab’s initiatives include B Corp Certification, administration of the B Impact Management programs and software, and advocacy for governance structures like the benefit corporation. B Lab’s vision is of an inclusive and sustainable economy that creates a shared prosperity for all. To date, there are 3,000 Certified B Corps in over 150 industries and 64 countries, and over 50,000 companies use the B Impact Assessment. For more information, visit https://bcorporation.net/
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