Finnriver is a Certified B Corp
Finnriver Farm & Cidery Joins the B Corp Movement;
First Certified B Corporation Cidery in Wa;
Making Business a Force for Good in Chimacum
Finnriver Farm & Cidery, located in the Chimacum Valley on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington, is very pleased to announce its certification as a B Corporation, making it the first winery and cidery in Washington State to achieve Certified B Corps status. B Corporations lead the global movement of ‘people using business as a force for good,’ and make a commitment to work for the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit. To become a Certified B Corporation, Finnriver undertook the B Lab’s rigorous assessment, evaluating their company impact in the categories of environment, employment, customers, community and governance; they also revised incorporation documents to reflect Finnriver’s commitment to making a positive social and environmental impact; and they signed the B Corp Declaration of Interdependence required of all B Corps which states,
“As B Corporations...we believe...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...”
B Corporations voluntarily meet higher standards of transparency, accountability, and performance and, unlike traditional corporations, Certified B Corporations are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions not only on their shareholders, but also on their stakeholders (e.g., employees, suppliers, community, and the environment). B Corp certification can be compared to Fair Trade, LEED or Organic certification, but represents a comprehensive commitment to harness the full power of the business to solve social, environmental and economic problems. Other Washington State Certified B Corporations include Sleeping Lady Resort, Grounds for Change, Culinary Collective and Starvation Alley Farms.
Finnriver farmcrafts a range of award-winning, premium hard ciders and fruit wines from Certified Organic fruit. Becoming a Certified B Corporation reinforces Finnriver’s mission to ‘serve the land with cider’ through organic agriculture, farmland preservation, renewable energies, habitat restoration, and community outreach, education and celebration. Finnriver is also engaged in innovative community financing thanks to visionary local investors committed to a rural economic revival.
“We’re very gratified to be part of the B Corp movement,” said Crystie Kisler, co-founder of Finnriver along with her husband Keith Kisler and business partner Eric Jorgensen. “In order to align our principles with our process and our products, we wanted to undergo a more thorough self-assessment and measure ourselves according to a respected standard. Through B Corps certification, we were able to learn more about ourselves and about how we can continue to grow a company that is good for our crew, our community and the earth.”
Finnriver currently grows an array of organic produce and grains, along with their nationally distributed line of farmcrafted hard ciders and fruit wines (including two Good Food Award winners: Black Currant Cider and Fire Barrel cider). Finnriver is in the process of relocating their production facilities and public ‘cider garden’ to a centrally-located 50-acre historic dairy farm at the Chimacum crossroads, and is collaborating with other agricultural entrepreneurs, economic development partners and conservation organizations. Community partners include the Organic Seed Alliance, Jefferson Land Trust, North Olympic Salmon Coalition, WSU Sustainable Seed Systems, the PT CoLab among others. The Finnriver Orchard will be rural community gathering place offering fresh, local food and live music, along with educational tours and group events; a working farm growing organic apples, grains and mixed produce; and a food/drink production and processing hub. Finnriver also received a USDA REAP grant (Rural Energy Assistance Program) to install a large solar energy system at the new facilities. Finnriver’s goal is to establish a model farm and cidery where rural economic development, ecological restoration and organic agriculture can all converge and thrive.
Finnriver's full B Impact Report is available to the public here.
About Finnriver Farm and Cidery
The Finnriver crew currently works on two farms in the Chimacum Valley, totaling over 80 acres of organic fields and orchards situated along a restored salmon stream. Both farms are under permanent conservation easements with the Jefferson Land Trust, protecting their vital soils and riparian habitat in perpetuity. While their farm is remote, they're honored to be on the forefront of the Pacific Northwest hard cider revival and are committed to producing both traditional and innovative hard ciders using premium, organic ingredients while maintaining an authentically farmcrafted and land-based operation. They source organic apples from across Washington state and grow their own organic orchard of over 4000 trees, with 20 varieties of heirloom and traditional cider apple varieties. They aspire to serve the land with cider, by caring for their soils, watershed and community while crafting award-winning premium ciders. Their ciders are a tribute to old hard cider traditions but also offer an approachable, fresh perspective on the possibilities of the fermented apple.
About B Corp & B Lab
Certified B Corporations 1) meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance; 2) legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests; and 3) build collective voice through the power of the unifying B Corporation brand. There are over 1,300 Certified B Corporations from more than 120 industries in nearly 50 countries with 1 unifying goal – to redefine success in business. B Lab is a nonprofit organization dedicated to using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Learn more here.
The B Corp Declaration of Interdependence
As B Corporations and leaders of this emerging economy, we believe:
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.
B Corporation FAQs
Q: What is a Certified B Corporation?
A: Certified B Corporations are a new type of corporation which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Corp certification is to sustainable business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk.
Q: Why do B Corps matter?
A: Certified B Corporations are leading a global movement to redefine success in business. By voluntarily meeting higher standards of transparency, accountability, and performance, Certified B Corps are distinguishing themselves in a cluttered marketplace by offering a positive vision of a better way to do business.
Q: How does a company become certified?
A: B Corps are certified by the nonprofit B Lab. To become certified, a company must:
1) Meet the Performance Requirement: Complete the B Impact Assessment and earn a reviewed minimum score of 80 out of 200 points.
2) Meet the Legal Requirement: Adopt the B Corporation Legal Framework to bake the mission of the company into its legal DNA. This allows the company's values to thrive under new management, new investors, and new ownership.
3) Make it Official: Sign a Term sheet and Declaration of Interdependence to make the certification official.
Q: Who are the B Corporations?
A: The B Corp community is made up of over 1,300 companies in nearly 50 countries from 60 industries with 1 unifying goal: to redefine success in business. To meet the Certified B Corps, visit our directory.
Q: Why do companies certify?
A: B Corps want to be a part of something bigger than themselves, but for many, becoming a B Corp also has to make business sense. B Corp certification helps companies differentiate from pretenders, generate press, benchmark performance, save money and access services, attract investors, partner with peers, and attract and engage talent.
Learn more at http://www.bcorporation.net.
B Corps are important because they inspire all businesses to compete not only to be the best in the world, but to be the best for the world. Certified B Corporations meet higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. It's like Fair Trade certification but for the whole business, not just a bag of coffee (or USDA Organic certification, but not just for a carton of milk; or LEED certification, but not just for a building). The performance standards are comprehensive and transparent. They measure a company's impact on all its stakeholders (e.g. workers, suppliers, community, and the environment). Unlike traditional corporations, Certified B Corporations are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions not only on their shareholders, but also on their stakeholders (e.g., workers, suppliers, community, consumers, and the environment).