Ft. Collins, Colo., April 14, 2015 –B Lab has named New Belgium Brewing to its fourth annual ‘B Corp Best for the Environment’ list for creating the most positive overall environmental impact. The B Corp ‘Best for the Environment’ list honors hundreds of businesses that earned an environmental impact score in the top 10 percent of all Certified B Corporations on the B Impact Assessment, a rigorous and comprehensive assessment of a company’s impact on its workers, community, and the environment.
The B Corp ‘Best for the Environment’ list sets the gold standard for positive impact companies and demonstrates any type of company can use business as a force for good. It is part of B Lab’s ‘Best for the World’ series.
New Belgium became a Certified B Corporation in 2013. Shortly after joining, B Lab awarded the brewery with the ‘B Corp Best for the Workers’ award, a distinction that honors companies that create the most positive environment for their employees.
“It is a great honor to once again receive a ‘Best for the World’ designation,” said Katie Wallace, assistant director of sustainability for New Belgium. “Environmental responsibility and advocacy is a core value, taken very seriously here at New Belgium. We know we are profitable not in spite of our social and environmental efforts, but because of them. Therefore, this work is crucial to our business’ longevity and helps to preserve a world we are proud to live in and pass on to future generations.”
The 2015 ‘Best for the World’ honorees represent nearly one-third of all B Corps, displaying a wide range of excellence in the community. View the full list of honorees at http://bestfortheworld.bcorporation.net.
“Today’s honorees inspire all companies to compete not only to be best in the world, but best for the world. We hope many will take the first step by using the B Impact Assessment to measure and manage their impact with as much rigor as their profit,” said Jay Coen Gilbert, Co-Founder of B Lab, the nonprofit organization that certifies B Corporations and governs the independent third party standard used to generate the comparable assessment of corporate impact.
Each honored company is a Certified B Corporation. These companies use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems and have met rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Today there are over 1,200 Certified B Corporations, across 121 industries and 38 countries, unified by one common goal: to redefine success in business. Any company can measure and manage social and environmental performance at bimpactassessment.net.
About New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews ten year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Slow Ride Session IPA, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Lager, Blue Paddle Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.
B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. Its vision is that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world and society will enjoy prosperity for all for the long term.
B Lab drives this systemic change by: 1) building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between “good companies” and good marketing; 2) passing benefit corporation legislation to give business leaders the freedom to create value for society as well as shareholders; 3) helping businesses measure, compare and improve their social and environmental performance with the free B Impact Assessment; 4) driving capital to impact investments through use of its B Analytics and GIIRS Ratings platform.
For more information, visit www.bcorporation.net.
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