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Spain’s GoodNews attains B Corp certification

The Barcelona-based start-up, which campaigns to eradicate child labour in coffee producing countries industry, joins approximately 160 coffee-focused B Corps globally

GoodNews campaigns to eradicate child labour within coffee farming | Photo credit: GoodNews


Barcelona-based small format coffee shop and kiosk start-up GoodNews has obtained B-Corp certification. 

The coffee chain, which currently operates across 25 sites in Barcelona, Madrid and Paris, joins approximately 160 coffee-focused B Corps globally. 

In order to attain B Corp certification, businesses must undergo an audit process and meet high standards of social and environmental performance across five impact areas – governance, workers, community, environment and customers. 

Alongside ensuring the ‘full traceability’ of its coffee, GoodNews has also sought to eradicate child labour within coffee farming.  

In May 2022 GoodNews launched ‘The Good Coffee Agreement’, which campaigns for greater action from larger coffee companies to eliminate child labour from their supply chains.

“This recognition is the reward for the enormous effort and dedication of all at GoodNews, which has worked based on very clear and defined values ​​and principles in terms of social and environmental responsibility. Obtaining the B Corp seal confirms that we are doing things right, and encourages us to continue on the right path,” said Jan Barthe, CEO, GoodNews. 

Alongside its outlet and kiosks, GoodNews operates an e-commerce channel and online B2B subscription service for coffee and coffee machines. 

The business raised €11m ($11m) in September 2022 and outlined plans for outlet expansion across Europe. In January 2023 Barthe said GoodNews was exploring market entries in Berlin and Amsterdam, which he cited as capital cities with high GDP. 

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