Certified B Corp. and artisan cheese maker Rogue Creamery has been recognized as a 2021 “Best for the World” B Corporation, ranking in the top 5 percent of B Corps. worldwide for its positive impact on people and planet.
Central Point, Oregon-based Rogue Creamery was named Best for the World specifically for its Environmental Impact – one of five impact areas assessed by B Lab, the global nonprofit network that certifies B Corps. and administers the Best for the World recognition.
“What an honor it is to be recognized Best for the World among such an inspiring community of businesses, all dedicated to the greater good,” said David Gremmels, president of Rogue Creamery. “I am proud of my team for their commitment to our values and to consciously conserving our planet’s precious resources.”
This accolade comes on the heels of another national honor recognizing Rogue’s sustainability commitments: the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award in Dairy Manufacturing and Processing, announced in June 2021.
Projects like Rogue’s Nellie Green Pedal Power Program set the small creamery apart. This incentive-based program encourages their employees to use energy-efficient forms of transportation on their daily commute. Rogue has inspired numerous partner businesses to “Take the Nellie Green Pledge” and develop similar green transportation programs among their workforces.
“From our Nellie Green program to our composting, recycling, rotational grazing and wildlife habitat conservation initiatives, I can confidently declare: Rogue Creamery is making a positive impact in all we do, one wheel of cheese at a time,” Gremmels said. “And we’re just getting started! We will continue collaborating with the global B Corps. community to improve and positively impact our community and environment.”
“This year’s Best for the World companies are operating at the very top of their class, excelling in creating positive impact for their stakeholders, including their workers, communities, customers and the environment,” said Juan Pablo Larenas, executive director of B Lab Global. “We’re proud of the community of stakeholder-driven businesses we’ve cultivated over the last 15 years; together we’re marching toward our collective vision of an inclusive, equitable and regenerative economic system for all people and the planet.”
B Corps. meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. The B Corps. Certification doesn’t just evaluate a product or service, it assesses the overall positive impact of the company that stands behind it—like Rogue Creamery. Using the points-based B Impact Assessment, B Lab evaluates how a company’s operations and business model impact its workers, community, environment and customers.