August 11, 2022
WE ARE NOW B CORP CERTIFIED!
Chimney Fire Coffee is ecstatic to announce that we are now B Corp certified!
As we celebrate our 5th birthday month, this is the best birthday present we could have wished for. It is recognition of the hard work put in by our team, cementing our commitment to operating in the most transparent and environmentally sustainable way that we can.
“I started Chimney Fire Coffee with the ambition of making speciality coffee more accessible to a wider audience while also maintaining sustainable business practices, so it’s gratifying to be recognised with B Corp certification. We want to make sure that sustainability was an absolutely integral part of our philosophy at every stage of Chimney Fire Coffee – from the sourcing, packing and delivery of our coffee to the charities and events we support.” Dan Webber, Founder
Charitable organisation B Lab, who are responsible for assessing companies applying for B Corp status, asked us a variety of questions about how we do business. Only organisations who demonstrate the highest level of sustainable business practice are granted the award, after scrutinisation of every aspect of their governance, workers, community, environment, and customer benefits.
Their strategy for encouraging business to become a force for good is based on their Theory of Change. This seeks to address the many negative impacts of the status quo on the world today by creating rigorous standards and strategies, lobbying for policy changes, and shouting about the many success stories of companies giving back.
Alongside global headline acts such as Patagonia, Alpro, and Innocent, around 5000 companies across over 200 countries have achieved B Corp status so far. This number continues to grow by the day, and we are proud to be counted among them as we work towards this common goal together.
We were pleased to score 93.5 points overall, well over the 80 point minimum required for acceptance into this exclusive club of only around 1000 companies in the UK. The average score for ordinary businesses is around 50.
But that doesn't mean the work stops here. We have the basics covered with our direct sourcing, compostable packaging, and donations to social impact projects via Re-Cycle, but there is plenty of room for improvement - we are always looking for ways we can reduce our impact on the environment, and when our reassessment rolls around in three years time we hope to score even more highly in this area. To this end, we will be releasing our first ever Impact Report in the coming weeks. This will go into detail about the steps we are taking to ensure a transparent supply chain, building on the many direct relationships we already have with the amazing people who grow and pick the coffee that comes to us.