Quite a few licensed B Corp espresso corporations have added signatures to an open letter calling for stricter B Corp requirements following the certification of Nestlé-owned Swiss espresso large Nespresso.
Led by the Portland, Oregon-based nonprofit Fair World Project, the letter references quite a few documented human rights violations present in Nespresso’s provide chain in recent times, together with cases of child labor and wage theft.
The letter additionally calls into query the environmental impacts of Nespresso’s operations given the single-serve, single-use nature of its merchandise, coffee-filled aluminum capsules usually destined for plastic-laden brewing gadgets.
In response to Honest World Venture, these enterprise practices run opposite to the “B a force for good” message put forth by the nonprofit B Lab, which oversees B Corp certification and maintains a acknowledged mission to remodel the worldwide financial system to “profit all individuals, communities, and the planet.”
“Alarmed by Nespresso’s certification, Honest World Venture and the involved Licensed B Corp manufacturers need better accountability and better requirements to keep away from ‘greenwashing’ by the certification and are calling on the better Licensed B Corp neighborhood to demand the identical,” Honest World Venture mentioned in an announcement of the letter.
Nespresso World didn’t reply to DCN’s requests for remark.
In an announcement of the corporate’s certification launched in April, Nespresso CEO Guillaume Le Cunff acknowledged, “B Corp certification displays a 30-year Nespresso dedication to sustainability, transparency and accountable enterprise. We’re immensely proud to be becoming a member of a neighborhood of like minds who share our perception that revenue and function go hand-in-hand. This certification brings added worth for our prospects and affirms to Nespresso followers that their favorite espresso model is doing enterprise the fitting means.”
Up to now, greater than 20 at the moment licensed B Corp corporations have signed the letter calling for stricter requirements, together with espresso roasters and merchants similar to Cooperative Coffees, Peace Coffee, Thanksgiving Coffee Company, Endiro Coffee, Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Company and Exilior Coffee.
“As companies devoted to social good, we stand in solidarity with social and environmental organizations and with these most negatively impacted by Nespresso,” the letter states. “Within the curiosity of the motion to ‘use enterprise as a drive for good,’ we hope to see these crucial enhancements to the B Influence Evaluation and B Corp Certification course of. In flip we hope these modifications might help maintain Nespresso and different corporations — together with ourselves — accountable over time as we construct an financial system that’s inclusive, regenerative, and only for all.”
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Nick Brown is the editor of Each day Espresso Information by Roast Journal.