16 Apr Toast’s a Certified B Corp
We’re delighted to share the news that Toast Ale has become the first UK beer company to become a Certified B Corp, joining a global movement of people using business as a force for good.
The B Corp certification is for business what Fair Trade is to coffee – a signal of a more sustainable way of doing business. There are more than 2,400 Certified B Corps in over 130 industries and 50 countries with 1 unifying goal – to redefine success in business. They include large brands like Ben & Jerry’s, Patagonia and Ella’s Kitchen and many smaller social enterprises like Divine Chocolate. And now Toast too!
We’ve had environmental responsibility at our heart since launching in 2016 – it’s part of Toast’s DNA. After all, our mission is to end food waste, one of the biggest environmental challenges we face, by brewing great beer with surplus fresh bread and donating all profits to charity. However, B Corp certification is about way more than just our impact on the environment. To become certified, we had to prove we met rigorous standards that measure a company’s impact on its employees, suppliers, community and the environment.
We completed the B Impact Assessment in September 2017 and have been working hard to put in place progressive policies. For example, we’ve formalised our flexible working culture so the team can work from home or from our growing number of locations around the world, we’ve introduced paid volunteering days and have made a legal commitment to diversity.
The assessment is a public benchmark our performance – you can see how we scored here. We’ll use it as a roadmap for improvement as we continue to grow and innovate, learning from leading companies, sharing our experience and challenging ourselves to do better. We’ll be reassessed every two years and are determined to improve our score each time.
We’re hugely proud to be a Certified B Corp and are looking forward to raising a Toast with the B Corp community.
“Being able to welcome Toast Ale to the B Corp community is hugely exciting, especially as the first beer company to certify in the UK”, said Kate Sandle, Community Manager at B Lab UK. “Their commitment to food waste and doing business differently is an inspiration to others. Through certification Toast Ale are helping to redefine success in business, so that it is as much about people and planet as it is about profit”.