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We are now a proud B Corp!

July 01, 2017

We are now a proud B Corp!

Food Connect joins the B Corp Movement
Today we’re incredibly proud to announce that we recently earned the status of a Certified B Corporation™ As a reflection of our values and operating principles, we wanted to share this important news with you. In a nutshell, here’s what it means:

What is a B Corp?
B Corporations are a new kind of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. It’s like a Fair Trade certification, but for a business, not just a bag of coffee. There are currently over 2,100 Certified B Corporations from 130 industries, such as textiles, solar energy and law. Here in Australia, Food Connect will be keeping good company with PatagoniaStone & Wood and SilverChef.  We are proud to join them in redefining success in business, so that one day everyone uses business as a force for good.

Why did Food Connect become a B Corp?
While many of you know us as a Social Enterprise, that amorphous entity that sits between corporations and nonprofits, we believe that a certification instrument can set the bar for business that has a higher social purpose beyond simply profit. B Corp reflects the values upon which our company was founded 13 years ago and our operating philosophies today.  We became a B Corp because we believe that doing business goes beyond the financial performance of a company.

So, what are some of the practices that earned Food Connect this Certification

- 100% of our products come from local, small-scale suppliers who are fairly paid
- We have a 2:1 wage ratio between the highest and lowest paid employee
- Unique community food distribution system shortens the supply chain
- Zero food waste through food processing poorer grade produce and composting
- 40% of total power consumption is generated by our rooftop solar array

Why should I care?
Our business model, which supports a community of small family farmers at scale, is showing how business can redefine success and build local, living economies.  B Corp certification provides accountability and a roadmap to become an even better company over the years.  We know that you care about your community - we do too.  Beyond just delivering the best local food, we’re focused on doing our best for our community.

Time to top up the piggy bank?
To celebrate our B Corp certification, we're giving you the opportunity to stretch your hard earned dollars further. Throughout the whole month of July, those who invest $2000 worth of credit will get $150 added to their account. Top up with $1000 and we'll add $50, or with $500 and get $20! If that's not enough, you’ll also receive a bonus gift with your next scheduled delivery. Topping up your credit is the best way to pat our local farmers & makers on the back as they begin planting crops for the second half of 2017.

Just to sweeten the deal even more, customers who invest $2000 in credit will automatically go into the draw to win a 10-course degustation for 4 people at two hatted restaurant QAGOMA; cooked by chef-extraordinaire, Josh Lopez*. 

(*Valued at $4000, this prize will be drawn on Tuesday August 1)

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