Stonyfield, the country's leading organic yogurt maker, announced Thursday that it has become a Certified B Corporation, which requires companies to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.
Stonyfield, the largest national yogurt brand to be certified as a B Corp, is a pioneer in the organic farming movement. The overarching B Corp certification goal of using business as a force for good aligns with Stonyfield's mission to be a company focused on creating and supporting Healthy Food, Healthy People and a Healthy Planet.
In awarding the certification, B Lab, the verifying body behind B Corp, conducted a rigorous evaluation of Stonyfield and its products to ensure they met or exceeded the program’s comprehensive standards. Unlike traditional corporations, Certified B Corporations are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on employees, suppliers, consumers, the community and environment.
To support Stonyfield's investment in this work, Nichole Cirillo joins the company in the newly created position of mission director. Cirillo has an extensive career in the corporate social responsibility arena, most recently as the international director of strategic partnerships for the Earthwatch Institute.
"Stonyfield's mission has always been to change the world," Cirillo said. "It's an inspiring time to join Stonyfield, as the company's work has drastically grown beyond its humble beginnings as a small farm school. With that said, the core mission has never changed. Becoming a B Corp marks the next stage in our commitment to our customers and the planet. It's a responsibility we're happy to shoulder as we work towards a collective good with the support of fellow B Corps, our employees and partners, and Stonyfield's fans."
Source: Stonyfield press release