Almost twelve months have passed since our application, a lot of effort has gone into the project, and we can finally make this small (big) announcement:
yfood has recently become B Corp certified - and with a top score of 92 points!
What exactly does this mean? We officially belong to a group of companies that meet high social and environmental standards and make a positive contribution to the environment and society. For us, this is an important step to give more space to our commitment and continue to improve our corporate impact.
What is B Corp all about, anyway?
Impact is all well and good, but let's be honest: what's this all about? Here's a quick overview:
B Lab™ awards the B Corp certification to companies that engage in social and environmental initiatives, act responsibly, and act transparently. The assessment process is intensive, and applicants are thoroughly examined. The certification is renewed every three years - an additional incentive to stay committed.
What exactly happens during the certification process? B Lab™ has defined five different impact areas that are closely examined and assessed for each applicant:
What's special about this certification approach is that all stakeholders really play a role: from suppliers to customers. This commits us allows us to create value for all stakeholder groups.
92 points for our commitment
The average score for all first-time certified companies is 59 points. With our 92 points, we exceed the average score and are more than proud of this very good result.
How do we bring this to life? Here are a few examples that provide insights into our daily life at yfood:
Our Impact on Society:
#Together we grow
It is of utmost importance that our employees feel comfortable. For example, through health and wellness initiatives, educational opportunities, job flexibility, feedback and complaint mechanisms.
Donations - where we can really help
Whether in the form of money or products, we donate to organisations such as the food bank, the German Red Cross, or relief organisations in the context of special projects (e.g., for the Ukraine war). With our products, we can make a valuable contribution in the right areas.
A future where better nutrition is the norm
Why do we believe our products are a game changer in terms of nutrition? With yfood, you can have access healthy nutrition anytime, anywhere, providing a healthy alternative even in stressful situations. In this way, we bridge nutritional gaps in a smart way and enable better nutrition in all life situations in the long run. As Smart Food pioneers, we are committed to a future where better nutrition is the standard.
Partnerships on an equal footing
Our collaboration with suppliers and partners is also important to us. That's why we place a strong emphasis on fair treatment and good business relationships. How do we do that? In our Code of Conduct, we have anchored important principles such as fair wages, reasonable working hours, and complaint mechanisms.
Our Impact on the Environment:
Responsible handling of plastic
With our packaging, we strive to be as sustainable as possible and continuously increase the recycling content of our bottles, which currently stands at 30%. Why plastic, you might ask? Currently, plastic works best as a material to efficiently protect our products from light and oxygen, thereby extending the shelf life of the product with all its vitamins and minerals. Of course, we are always on the lookout for better alternatives.
The best possible carbon footprint
Both our company and our packaging are carbon-neutral. Even our products have a low carbon footprint. Our Supplier Code of Conduct also includes guidelines for dealing with emissions, waste, energy consumption, and more. The majority of our ingredients come from Germany and Austria and are also processed there. This not only saves unnecessary transport routes but also a lot of carbon dioxide emissions, while strengthening the regional economy.
If you want to learn more, you can find our results here.
What the B Corp certification means to us - and to you.
For us as a company, it goes without saying that we are committed to our social and ecological engagement. Our B Corp certification provides a good opportunity to give this issue the attention it deserves. Of course, we know that there is still room for improvement. The certification process has pointed out some areas where we can still improve in the near future. For us, this means staying committed and constantly challenging ourselves to see where we stand.
How about you, are you also intrigued? Every company can pursue B Corp certification, perhaps you can be the catalyst for the first step. And if you come across the B Corp logo, it might make some of your purchasing decisions easier. Here is a list of all B Corp certified companies worldwide - definitely worth a look.