Italian coffee roaster joins a growing movement of B Corp-certified coffee companies committed to enhancing sustainable and ethical practices across their operations and supply chains
illycaffè has become the first Italian coffee company to achieve B Corp certification | Photo credit: Jürgen Lison
illycaffè has met the criteria for B Corp certification, scoring 80.6 points to become the first Italian coffee company to attain the coveted sustainability and ethical accreditation.
To achieve B Corp certification, companies undertake a rigorous audit process and must achieve a minimum 80 points, out of a possible 200, across five ‘Impact Areas’: Governance, Workers, Community, Environment, and Customers.
According to B Corp, the average score among typical companies is 50.9. With achieving a perfect score virtually impossible, even attaining the minimum 80 points demonstrates an above and beyond commitment to having a positive operational impact.
“We work every day to implement out principles and reconcile economics with ethics”, said Massimiliano Pogliani, illycaffè CEO. “We launched the B Corp certification procedure to underline our commitment to keep generating a positive impact on society and on the planet, joining a network of companies which, like us, promote business models based on a strategy creating sustainable value in the long term.”
Today there are more than 3,500 certified B Corporations across 150 industries in 71 countries. Illycaffe joins a growing global community of B Corp-certified coffee companies, including Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers in the US, Colombia’s Caravela Coffee, Belgium-based Alpro and Origin Coffee in the UK.