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More Than Just a Cup of Joe - Our Journey to B Corp Certification

par Equator Coffee Roasters sur Aug 14, 2023

More Than Just a Cup of Joe - Our Journey to B Corp Certification

In today's business landscape, companies are increasingly being held accountable for their social and environmental impact. One way that businesses can demonstrate their commitment to sustainability and social responsibility is by becoming a B Corp Certified Business.

B Corp Certification is a rigorous certification process that evaluates a company's social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. Equator Coffee is one such B Corp Certified Business. Equator Coffee's mission is to source and roast the finest coffee in the world while empowering farmers and protecting the environment.

We at Equator Coffee have a deep-rooted history in promoting sustainable and equitable practices in the coffee industry. Our co-founders, Craig and Amber Hall, established the business in 1998 with a vision to create a positive impact on the world by empowering vulnerable coffee farmers. Craig's degree in International Development inspired him to start a business that could benefit coffee farmers. He was fascinated by the concept of "fair trade coffee" and focused on roasting fair trade, organic coffee. Little did he know that this movement would inspire the “direct trade” coffee craze years later. Craig and Amber's vision has always been to "equate" the benefit of drinking coffee, not just for consumers but also for the farmers who grow it.

Since then, Equator Coffee has grown into a successful business that is committed to sustainability and social responsibility. We are proud to be a B Corp Certified Business, which recognizes our commitment to high standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Our sustainable sourcing practices, support for local suppliers, and commitment to fair prices and labour practices for our farmers demonstrate our dedication to creating a positive impact in the coffee industry. Additionally, we prioritize the well-being of our employees and offer a range of benefits to create a safe and inclusive work environment.

Our history of becoming a leader in the coffee industry in promoting sustainable and equitable practices has not gone unnoticed. In 2020, we were named one of Canada's Best Managed Companies, an award that recognizes excellence in Canadian-owned and managed companies. Alongside our B Corp Certification, this is a testament to our commitment to balancing profit and purpose, and we will continue to work towards creating a positive impact on the world.



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