Mike (UC Supply Chain Manager) is visiting Belize and Guatemala.
We love it when our team gets to spend time together in person!
Back Row: Roy, Nikte, Diane, Santiago, Salvador, Serapio, Teddy
Front Row: Geraldo, Mike, Estabon
It’s B Corp month! You may be wondering, what does that mean? B Corp Certification is a designation that a business is meeting high standards of verified performance, accountability, and transparency on factors from employee benefits and corporate governance to supply chain practices and input materials. As a company, we boldly pursues transparency and interdependence, working to build successful long-term relationships across the value chain. Upholding B Corp certification aligns with the heartbeat of our work!
Our B Corp score is 108.5!
To put it in perspective, the median score for ordinary businesses who complete the assessment is currently 50.9. In order to achieve a B Corp certification, a company needs to achieve 3 things:
Demonstrate high social and environmental performance by achieving a B Impact Assessment score of 80 or above and passing our risk review.
Make a legal commitment by changing their corporate governance structure to be accountable to all stakeholders, not just shareholders, and achieve benefit corporation status if available in their jurisdiction (we are a Public Benefit Corporation!)
Exhibit transparency by allowing information about their performance measured against B Lab’s standards to be publicly available on their B Corp profile on B Lab’s website.
We are committed to transparency, accountability and impact. It is our hope to continue to grow in these areas for the benefit of all stakeholders!
We believe in using business as a force for good. As a member of the B Corp community, Uncommon Cacao intentionally aligns itself with B Corp’s Declaration of Interdependence, which states:
That we must be the change we seek in the world.
That all business ought to be conducted as if people and place mattered.
That, through their products, practices, and profits, businesses should aspire to do no harm and benefit all.
To do so requires that we act with the understanding that we are each dependent upon another and thus responsible for each other and future generations.
What does that look like for us? We are inherently interdependent and interconnected. Our U.S. and EU offices distribute cacao sourced transparently from over 5,000 smallholder farmers across 12 countries to over 250 craft and premium chocolate makers globally. Across Uncommon Cacao’s businesses, we seek to pioneer a new cacao economy that pays farmers more and is grounded in real partnerships that deliver improved stability and success for all.
Here are some of our amazing partners at ASIPASM (Polochic) are picture: Gustavo Caz, Domingo Xol, Ricardo Caal, Francisco Choc y Federico Choc.
Here’s a shot form Emily's recent trip to Ghana: To the left of Emily is Edward aka "Chicken Soup", president of the board at ABOCFA, and to the right is Samuel.