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Glasgow coffee roaster recognised for green credentials



Glasgow-based coffee roaster Dear Green has gained B Corp status – positioning it as one of the country’s most ethical enterprises and raising hopes for it to be the coffee supplier for the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, which takes place in Glasgow later this year.

The company, which recently celebrated its ninth birthday, was founded by Lisa Lawson when she became frustrated by how staff, producers, customers and the environment were treated by the industry.

Dear Green has been dedicated to putting social and environmental responsibility, sustainability and purpose ahead of profit ever since.

Dear Green joins international brands like Innocent, Patagonia and The Body Shop – as well as Scottish brands Bruichladdich, Brewgooder and Beauty Kitchen – in earning the B Corp accolade.

It has has volunteered to be graded by the non-profit B Lab each year to ensure it continues to meet the rigorous social and environmental standards.

The business, based in Glasgow’s East End, aims to guarantee its staff are never underpaid, undervalued or discriminated against, as well as maintaining an ethical supply chain.

Dear Green has also invested in new energy-efficient technology and all its packaging is biodegradable, with processes constantly refined to reduce carbon output.

Lawson said: ”Gaining B Corp certification is one of our proudest moments at Dear Green – to have the ethical standards which are intrinsically in the culture of the company audited and verified to be of the highest standard is incredible.

“This year has had its complexities and challenges and has resulted in us navigating a fragile new economic outlook.

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“Nevermore than now has our community, our team, our customers, our supply chain and our environment been positioned as a driver for success in business.”

Kate Sandle, director of programmes and engagement of B Lab UK, the not-for-profit behind the B Corp movement, added: “Dear Green’s commitment to doing business differently is an inspiration to others and can help spread the idea that we can redefine success in business to be as much about people and planet as it is about profit.”

The B Corp certification addresses the entirety of a business’ operations and covers governance, workers, community, environment and customers.

Applicants are required to reach a benchmark score, while providing evidence of socially and environmentally responsible practices relating to energy supplies, waste and water use, worker compensation, diversity and corporate transparency.

To complete the certification, the company will legally embed their commitment to purpose beyond profit in their company articles.

There are currently over 400 certified B Corps in the UK and over 3,700 worldwide.



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