Portland’s Elephants Delicatessen uses rigorous tracking to keep improving: donating tens of thousands of pounds of food, increasing volunteerism and more.
SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2018 | PORTLAND, OR. Elephants Delicatessen earned a spot on the list of 2018 “Best for the World:
Changemakers,” honoring the B Corps with the most improvements across all areas of the B Impact Assessment (taken by B Corps to certify and upon recertifying every three years). Read more about how Elephants scaled their profits and mission impact at the same time at B the Change.
The list is created by B Lab, the independent non-profit that certifies companies as B Corps based on rigorous standards for social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability. The list recognizes those Certified B Corps that have made verified, significant improvements in their business policies and standards.
- The full B Impact Assessment evaluates a company’s environmental performance, employee relationships, diversity, involvement in the local community, the impact a company’s product or service has on those it serves, and more. Honorees making significant improvements in their B Impact score set a gold standard for the high impact that business as a force for good can make in the world. Elephants Delicatessen made the list thanks to improvements in three areas critical to its social mission: community involvement, employee well-being, and environmental protection.
- Between August 1 and December 31, 2017, Elephants donated 23,685 pounds of food otherwise destined for a landfill.
- Elephants changed its bylaws and operating agreement to become a benefit corporation legally responsible to all of its
- Elephants has 100 percent gender pay equity across its staff, and more than 50 percent of its managerial and supervisory positions are held by women and individuals from historically underrepresented communities.
- Ninety percent of Elephants’ significant suppliers are within 200 miles of Portland, and 65 percent of its significant suppliers are independently owned businesses.
- All of Elephants’ electricity usage derives from wind-energy certificate purchases.
Elephants’ CEO Anne Weaver shared: “The continuous-improvement philosophy of the B Corp community has always melded so well with us, because everything we do is trying to get better—from being a better employer and a better community steward to making a better-tasting sandwich.”
“With the rise of anger at a system that feels rigged, people are hungry for companies like Elephants, who are changing the system by building businesses that seek to create the greatest positive impact,” says Jay Coen Gilbert, co-founder of B Lab. “Best for the World is the only list of businesses that uses comprehensive, comparable, third-party-validated data about a company’s social and environmental performance. As consumers, talent and investors increasingly demand transparent, values-aligned businesses to buy from, work at and invest in, companies will need to not just be the best in the world, but the best for the world. And not just to be nice, but to be the most successful.”
The 203 companies on the “Best for the World: Changemakers” list come from 66 different industries and 16 countries. Other Oregon-based Changemaker recipients include Boly:Welch, Equilibrium, Fully, GladRags, Sokol Blosser, ThinkShout, Winderlea, and Yogi Teas.