In 2016, Rogue Creamery celebrated becoming a member of the Certified B Corporations™ (B Corps) community; this worldwide group of 2,000 B Corps™ meet the highest standards of verified, overall social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability. This certification represents the consummation of a year- long thorough evaluation and verification of Rogue Creamery’s social and community contributions, environmental performance, financial accountability, public transparency and team member practices verified by the non-profit B Lab company.
Rogue Creamery was acclaimed for its holistic business methods and its “Top of Class” scores particularly in environmental practices, community practices, which includes civic engagement and giving, as well as overall governance, including transparency and accountability. This certification will allow the creamery to set a transparent example of a company that can act as an instrument of change and make a greater impact by helping to influence other organizations to follow this example of verified social and environmental performance.
In 2014 Rogue Creamery registered as the first benefit company in the state of Oregon, so attaining the B Corp certification was the next logical step for the business to take. Its 75-acre USDA-certified organic dairy provides safe and fair working conditions; ensures the health and humane treatment of animals; does not use hormone or antibiotic supplements; does not raise genetically modified crops or livestock; protects water resources; protects and enhances soil resources; provides wildlife habitat and continually improves practices. The creamery currently has three solar projects in place that produce 50 percent of its electrical needs and is well on its way to generating all its electrical needs by 2021. In addition, Rogue Creamery provides its sustainable templates to all businesses that inquire. President David Gremmels is a director on Oregon Governor Brown’s Sustainability Commission Board.
Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic owned food company in the United States, headquartered in New Jersey, will give 125,000 pounds of Goya products and $10,000 to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark, one of New Jersey’s oldest and largest social service agencies that helps nearly 70,000 individuals and families each year.
Goya will provide the first installment of 15,000 pounds of food for the holiday season, followed by 10,000 pounds each month throughout the year. “As an institution in the community, we strive to be a company of compassion and to do our part in helping others who need it the most, especially during the holiday season,” said Rafael Toro, Director of Public Relations of Goya Foods. “We will always support the work of organizations like Catholic Charities, who are directly helping to improve the overall wellness of our communities.” The donation of $10,000 will go to the Hope House Homeless Shelter, located at 246 2nd Street, in Jersey City, New Jersey and St. Rocco’s Emergency Family Shelter, located at 368 South 7th Street, Newark, New Jersey.
“Catholic Charities is very grateful for Goya’s generous donation. The much needed food will be given to the many people who come through our food program during the Christmas season. The $10,000 donation will be used to purchase presents for the families that live in our family shelters,” said John Westervelt, Chief Operating Officer of Catholic Charities. The shelters provide housing, meals and supportive services such as counseling, educational workshops, job assistance, housing placement and resources to homeless families including 36 single mothers and 58 children.
Natural Grocers will open a new store in South Jordan, Utah next spring, bringing 18 jobs to the community. Natural Grocers employs more than 3,000 people and operates 130 stores in 19 states. The new South Jordan store is located at 10622 S Redwood Rd and is approximately 15,000 square feet in size.
Natural Grocers will be hiring store leadership, department managers, cashiers and a Nutritional Health Coach. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age. Applicants can apply for consideration at https://www.naturalgrocers.com/about/careers/.