Submitted by: Out Of The Box Collective
Posted: Mar 05, 2014 – 08:00 AM EST
LOS ANGELES, Mar. 05 /CSRwire/ - Out Of The Box Collective (outoftheboxcollective.com), a leading farm to table home delivery company for Southern California, announced today that the company has become a Certified B Corporation. B Corp status allows a company to harness the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. It also gives Out Of The Box a range of tools to measure, compare and improve its social and environmental performance as it continues to grow.
“We’re thrilled to join the B Corp movement: it was the actual percentage of the food and wine we deliver that’s local and organically produced that drove our certification, and we’re proud of this achievement,” says Jennifer Piette, founder of Out Of The Box. “We’ve worked hard to gain the trust of the people we work with and who work with us, and we became a B Corp in order to build a deeper trust with our existing and future customers, suppliers and employees as with potential investors. Being a B Corp is a great way to keep standards high and to raise the bar so that the company does better and better as it scales.”
Certified B Corporations have to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance and legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests: there are more than 750 Certified B Corporations from over 60 industries and 27 countries.
“Out of the Box wants to get customers back into the kitchen with local or fair trade, nutrient-dense and sustainably produced food,” comments Jennifer Piette. “We want to promote fair working practices along the whole supply chain from the farm to the table. We want to support local producers, and if an ingredient is not available locally, we turn to Fair Trade, supporting the larger community. We want to be cleaner on the climate than we already are, more energy efficient and reduce our carbon footprint even as we grow. B Corp status is going to keep us on our toes and ensure we deliver what we set out to do.”
Out Of The Box Collective delivers a full range of organic and sustainably produced food and wine direct to customers’ doorsteps – via its own delivery van and via Amazon Fresh. The company offers customers the convenience of set boxes including all the ingredients for up to a week’s worth of meals, accompanied by chef-created recipes to support them in the kitchen. Additionally, customers have the flexibility to create their own boxes. In parallel, Out of the Box has a separate storefront for mail order nationwide, delivering shelf-stable artisan-made pantry items.
The company is part of the Slow Money movement and is proud to be working with non-profit PathPoint, which provides comprehensive training and support services to empower people with disabilities or disadvantages to live and work as valued members of our communities.
“Out Of The Box Collective is proud to be a member of the growing community of B Corp businesses,” says Jennifer Piette. “This certification allows us to focus further on breaking the mould of traditional corporations, helps us think out of the box ourselves, about our social and environmental impact, and sets us ongoing operational and performance goals for us to achieve as our business continues to grow.”