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'Best For The World' B Corps includes 40 natural products companies

B Lab recognizes the top Certified B Corporations doing the best for the planet and its inhabitants in community, environment and workers sectors.

Victoria A.F. Camron

August 13, 2021

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'Best For The World' B Corps includes 40 natural products companies
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After skipping 2020's Best For The World awards due to the COVID-19 pandemic, B Labs made some adjustment to its annual program, which this year honors the top 5% of Certified B Corporations across the globe in five impact areas: community, customers, environment, governance and workers.

Because the Certified B Corp community has grown, B Lab decided to honor the top 5% of the companies, rather than the top 10% as it did in the past.

You'll also notice that B Lab dropped the Best For The World Overall category. On its website, B Lab says, "We have recognized that it is difficult to contrast overall scores in a truly impartial way. Thus, in 2021 we are aiming to recognize exceptional performance specifically in the impact areas assessed through the initial evaluation."

In addition, B Lab eliminated the Changemaker category previously included in these awards. The organization had received feedback that the category was difficult to comprehend.

Because B Lab considers companies' size when it certifies an applicant as a B Corp, it grouped the companies by size for this honor: zero employees; one to nine employees; 10-49 employees; 50-249 employees; and 250 or more employees.

For this listing, New Hope Network includes only companies based in the United States. No natural products companies that we could identify were included in the Customers or Governance sectors.

Two American companies—Dr. Bronner's and Patagonia Works—were named as Best For The World in the Community and Environment sectors. Because both companies had higher scores in the Community sector, they are listed there with their Environmental scores included.

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Best For The World for Community honorees

Top 10

Company: Toms
Location: Los Angeles, California
Sector: Wholesale/Retail
Overall B Impact Score: 121.5
Community Impact Score: 148.1
No. of employees (range): 250+
Previous honors: Best for Community—2019
Previous Overall B Impact Scores: 2018–96.3

 

Company: Rescue Chocolate
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Sector: Wholesale/Retail
Overall B Impact Score: 119.2
Community Impact Score: 86.0
No. of employees (range): 0
Previous honors:

  • Best for Overall—2019

  • Best for Community—2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

Previous Overall B Impact Scores: 2016–111.8; 2014–100.7

 

Company: Greyston Bakery Inc.
Location: Yonkers, New York
Sector: Manufacturing
Overall B Impact Score: 137.8
Community Impact Score: 82.2
No. of employees (range): 50-249
Previous honors:

  • Best for Overall—2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015. 2013

  • Best for Community—2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

  • Best for Governance, 2019, 2018

  • Best for Changemakers, 2018, 2017

Previous Overall B Impact Scores: 2015–143.1; 2012–133.2; 2008–102.7

 

Company: Zyn
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Sector: Wholesale/Retail
Overall B Impact Score: 96.8
Community Impact Score: 80.7
No. of employees (range): 0
Previous honors: Best for Community—2019
 

Company: GIVN Goods
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Sector: Wholesale/Retail
Overall B Impact Score: 102.7
Community Impact Score: 76.9
No. of employees (range): 0
Previous honors: Best for Community—2018, 2017, 2016
Previous Overall B Impact Scores: 2015 -102.0

 

Company: Dr. Bronner's
Location: Vista, California
Sector: Manufacturing
Overall B Impact Score: 117.8
Community Impact Score: 68.5
Environment Impact Score: 64.5
No. of employees (range): 50-249
Previous honors:

  • Best for Overall—2019, 2018, 2017, 2016

  • Best for Changemaker—2019, 2018

  • Best for Environment—2019, 20018, 2017, 2016

  • Best for Community—2019, 2018, 2017, 2016

Previous Overall B Impact Scores: 2015–148.8

 

Company: Sustainable Harvest
Location: Portland, Oregon
Sector: Agriculture/Growers
Overall B Impact Score: 114.7
Community Impact Score: 67.0
No. of employees (range): 10-49
Previous honors: Best for Community—2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015
Previous Overall B Impact Scores: 2014–107.3; 2012–117.6; 2008–134.0

 

Company: Patagonia Works
Location: Ventura, California
Sector: Wholesale/Retail
Overall B Impact Score: 151.4
Community Impact Score: 63.8
Environment Impact Score: 43.51
No. of employees (range): 250+
Previous honors:

  • Best for Overall—2019, 2018, 2017

  • Best for Changemaker—2019, 2018, 2017

  • Best for Community—2019, 2018, 2017

  • Best for Environment—2019, 2018, 2017, 2014, 2013, 2012

Previous Overall B Impact Scores: 2016–151.5; 2014–113.8; 2011–107.3

 

Company: The Tea Spot PBC
Location: Louisville, Colorado
Sector: Wholesale/Retail
Overall B Impact Score: 115.6
Community Impact Score: 62.9
No. of employees (range): 10-49
Previous honors: Best for the Community—2019, 2018, 2017, 2016
Previous Overall B Impact Scores: 2014–116.6; 2011–118.7

 

Company: CORE Foods
Location: Oakland, California
Sector: Wholesale/Retail
Overall B Impact Score: 129.7
Community Impact Score: 58.2
No. of employees (range): 1-9
Previous honors:

  • Best for Overall—2019, 2018, 2017

  • Best for Community—2019, 2015

  • Best for Environment—2019, 2016, 2015

Previous Overall B Impact Scores: 2016–121.3; 2013–113.4

 

The remaining Best For The World in Community:
Companies—with location, sector, Community Score, number of employees—are listed in order of Community Score.

  • Wicked Joe, Wicked Leaf & Benbows Coffee—Topsham, Maine; Manufacturing; 57.3; 10-49.

  • Peaceful Fruits—Peninsula, Ohio; Manufacturing; 57.3; 10-49.

  • Thrive Farmers International Inc.—Roswell, Georgia; Agriculture/Growers, 56.3, 10-49.

  • REBBL Inc.—Emeryville, California, Wholesale/Retail, 55.0, 10-49.

  • Seal the Seasons Inc—Durham, North Carolina, Agriculture/Growers; 54.6; 10-49.

  • The Soulfull Project PBC—Camden, New Jersey; Wholesale/Retail; 53.8; 1-9.

  • Alter Eco—San Francisco, California; Wholesale/Retail; 53.6; 10-49.

  • Walden Local Meat—Billerica, Massachusetts; Wholesale/Retail; 52.2; 10-49.

  • Amavida Coffee and Trading—Santa Rosa Beach, California; Manufacturing; 51.1; 10-49.

  • Bridgetown Natural Foods—Portland, Oregon; Manufacturing; 51.1; 250+.

  • C and L LLC dba Conscious Coffees—Boulder, Colorado; Agriculture/Growers; 50.8; 1-9.

  • Rumi Spice PBC—Chicago, Illinois; Agriculture/Grower; 50.0; 1–9.

  • Bi-Rite Market—San Francisco, California; Wholesale/Retail; 48.1; 250+.

  • Peace Coffee—Minneapolis, Minnesota; Agriculture/Growers; 46.1; 50-249.

  • Pete & Gerry's Organics LLC—Monroe, New Hampshire; Manufacturing; 45.9; 50-249.

 

 

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Best For the World for Environment honorees

The Top 10

Company: W.S. Badger Co. Inc.
Location: Gilsum, New Hampshire
Sector: Manufacturing
Overall B Impact Score: 147.4
Environment Impact Score: 69.1
No. of employees (range): 50-249
Previous honors:

  • Best for Overall—2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013

  • Best for Environment—2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013

Previous Overall B Impact Scores: 2016–141.2; 2015–137.8; 2012–121.8

 

Company: Sokol Blosser Winery
Location: Dayton, Oregon
Sector: Agriculture/Growers
Overall B Impact Score: 136.8
Environment Impact Score: 61.1
No. of employees (range): 10-49
Previous honors:

  • Best for Environment—2019, 2018

  • Best for Changemaker—2019, 2018, 2017

Previous Overall B Impact Scores: 2016–111.5; 2014–80.0

 

Company: McCarty Family Farms
Location: Colby, Kansas
Sector: Agriculture/Growers
Overall B Impact Score: 103.8
Environment Impact Score: 60.4
No. of employees (range): 50-249

 

Company: Green City Growers
Location: Somerville, Massachusetts
Sector: Agriculture/Growers
Overall B Impact Score: 123.4
Environment Impact Score: 59.2
No. of employees (range): 10-49
Previous honors:

  • Best for Overall—2019, 2018, 2017

  • Best for Environment—2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

Previous Overall B Impact Scores: 2016–130.2; 2014–124.6

 

Company: MVP Dairy, LLC
Location: Celina, Ohio
Sector: Agriculture/Growers
Overall B Impact Score: 106.3
Environment Impact Score: 59.1
No. of employees (range): 10-49

 

Company: Great American Aquaculture LLC, dba Ideal Fish
Location: Waterbury, Connecticut
Sector: Manufacturing
Overall B Impact Score: 104.3
Environment Impact Score: 58.0
No. of employees (range): 10-49

 

Company: Rogue Creamery
Location: Central Point, Oregon
Sector: Manufacturing
Overall B Impact Score: 136.6
Environment Impact Score: 57.9
No. of employees (range): 10-49
Previous honors:

  • Best for Overall—2019, 2018, 2017

  • Best for Governance, 2019

  • Best for Environment—2019, 2018, 2017

Previous Overall B Impact Scores: 2016–138.1

 

Company: Hopworks Urban Brewery
Location: Portland, Oregon
Sector: Manufacturing
Overall B Impact Score: 101.5
Environment Impact Score: 54.6
No. of employees (range): 50-249
Previous honors: Best for Environment—2019, 2018, 2017, 2017
Previous Overall B Impact Scores: 2015–95.8

 

Company: Montanya Distillers LLC
Location: Crested Butte, Colorado
Sector: Manufacturing
Overall B Impact Score: 119.6
Environment Impact Score: 54.2
No. of employees (range): 10-49
Previous honors:

  • Best for Overall—2019

  • Best for Environment—2019

 

Company: ChicoBag Company
Location: Chico, California
Sector: Wholesale/Retail
Overall B Impact Score: 114.5
Environment Impact Score: 52.7
No. of employees (range): 10-49
Previous honors:

  • Best for Overall—2018;

  • Best for Environment—2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

  • Best for Changemaker—2017

Previous Overall B Impact Scores: 2015–118.6; 2013–104.7

 

The remaining Best for the World for  Environment:
Companies—with location, sector, Environment Score, number of employees—are listed in order of Environment Score.

  • Preserve—Waltham, Massachusetts; Wholesale/Retail; 50.8; 10-49.

  • Finnriver Farm and Cidery—Chimacum, Washington; Agriculture/Growers; 50.7; 10-49.

  • Seventh Generation—Seventh Generation, Vermont; Wholesale/Retail; 44.9; 50-249.

 

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Best in the World for Workers

Only two natural products companies in the U.S. were included on this list.

Company: King Arthur Baking Company
Location: White River Junction, Vermont
Sector: Manufacturing
Overall B Impact Score: 122.5
Workers Impact Score: 60.5
No. of employees (range): 250+
Previous honors:

  • Best for Workers—2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

  • Best for Governance—2019, 2017

Previous Overall B Impact Scores: 2016–116.6; 2014–107.6; 2012–98.1; 2007–97.7

 

Company: KeHE
Location: Naperville, Illinois
Sector: Wholesale/Retail
Overall B Impact Score: 83.9
Workers Impact Score: 48.0
No. of employees (range): 250+
Previous honors: Best for Workers—2018, 2017
Previous Overall B Impact Scores: 2015–83.2

About the Author(s)

Victoria A.F. Camron

Digital content specialist, New Hope Network

Victoria A.F. Camron was a freelance writer and editor contracted with New Hope Network from 2015 until April 2022, when she was hired as New Hope Network's digital content specialist—otherwise known as the web editor.

As she continues the work she has done for years—covering the natural products industry for NewHope.com and Natural Foods Merchandiser; writing up earnings calls and other corporate news; and curating roundups of trends and information for the website—she is thrilled to be an official part of the New Hope team. (She doesn't mind having paid holidays and vacations again, though!) Victoria also compiled and edited newsletters, and served as interim content director for Delicious Living in 2016.

Before working as a freelancer, she spent 17 years in community newspapers in Longmont, Colorado, and St. Charles and Wheaton, Illinois. Victoria is a Colorado native and a graduate of Metropolitan State College of Denver.

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