Being a B Corp – Q&A with Co-Founder Kirsten Tobey
B Corporations are leaders of the global movement of people using business as a force for good.™
Our Co-Founder and Chief Impact Officer, Kirsten Saenz Tobey, shares why we’re proud to be a B Corp!
Why was it important to you that Revolution Foods become a B Corp?
From the day we started, we have always had a strong commitment to being a mission-driven company. By the nature of what we do as a business, we are able to have a positive impact with every meal and every student we serve. We believe providing access to fresh, healthy meals is a key lever to setting students up for success. When we learned about B Corp certification – a third-party validation of a company’s mission commitment – we saw it as a great way to memorialize these values and practices.
We became a certified B Corp in 2011. We believe our B Corp certification helps to build trust with customers, as well as pride among our employees. It puts our mission into the legal DNA of the business, guaranteeing these values will survive in the long term as the company grows.
What are some ways that Revolution Foods delivers on its B Corp commitments?
The B Corp certification process measures companies in five key areas: governance, employment practices, community impact, environment, and customer impact. We derive the most points on our certification from our community impact. Because our core business is fundamentally linked to improving health and wellness in our communities, our community impact is substantial.
We serve over 2.5 million meals per week, which includes sourcing over 95,000 pounds of vegetables and 1.2 million servings of fruit per week. We remain committed to partnering with local growers and producers to create a sustainable & local supply chain. Looking ahead, we are focused on building a clean label supply chain on a national scale that provides more transparency in the sourcing of clean ingredients in K12 and youth programs to minimize health and environmental impact in the long run.
How do we work with other B Corps to further our mission and impact together?
We have worked quite a bit with B Lab – the nonprofit arm that certifies and supports B Corporations – over the years to help build momentum in the “business as an engine for social good” movement overall. This included serving as a subject matter expert for B Lab when they were modifying the B Corp certification criteria to be relevant and inclusive of larger (1000+ employees) companies. We’re proud to be part of this growing movement and ensure companies of all sizes recognize the benefits to using business as a force for good.