What do all those certifications mean?

In the world of social enterprise and socially responsible purchasing, there are a lot of different certifications out there. But have you ever wondered what they all actually mean? Our blogging team is here to help!

What are B-Corps?

B-Corps are for-profit companies that are committed to maintaining higher standards of social and environmental accountability. They are certified by B-lab, an independent non-profit, which grades corporations on their performance in various areas, including accountability, employees, consumers, community, and environment.

Consumers can be confident that companies certified as B-Corporations create value for society through their high social and environmental standards, and demonstrate that for-profit business can create benefits for more than just their shareholders.

Our roaster, Reunion Island Coffee, is a B-Corporation.

For more information, please visit: https://www.bcorporation.net

Rainforest Alliance

Consumers who choose Rainforest Alliance Certified products are making a difference by supporting products that are both socially and environmentally responsible.

The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. Their approach includes training and certification to promote healthy ecosystems and communities in some of the world’s most vulnerable ecosystems.

Rainforest Alliance works with forward-thinking farmers, foresters and tourism entrepreneurs to conserve natural resources and ensure the long-term economic health of forest communities. In order for a farm or forestry enterprise to achieve Rainforest Alliance certification, or for a tourism business to be verified, it must meet rigorous standards designed to protect ecosystems, safeguard the well-being of local communities and improve productivity. The Rainforest Alliance then links these farmers, foresters and tourism businesses to the growing global community of conscientious consumers through the green frog seal.

All of KLINK’s coffee products are Rainforest Alliance Certified.

Information provided by: http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/about

Organic
Organic foods are foods produced by organic farming. While the standards differ worldwide, organic farming in general features cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers are not allowed, although certain organically approved pesticides may be used under limited conditions. In general, organic foods are also not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or synthetic food additives.

Currently, the European Union, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan and many other countries require producers to obtain special certification in order to market food as organic within their borders. In the context of these regulations, organic food is food produced in a way that complies with organic standards set by national governments and international organizations. Although the produce of kitchen gardens may be organic, selling food with the organic label is regulated by governmental food safety authorities, such as the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) or the European Commission.

KLINK’s line of teas are certified organic by the USDA.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organic_food

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