B Lab Names National Co+op Grocers Among "Best for the World" Honorees

Iowa City, IA – B Lab, the nonprofit organization that certifies B Corps, has named National Co+op Grocers (NCG) among its 2017 "Best for the World" honorees.

As a Certified B Corp, NCG is one of more than 2,200 companies certified to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. NCG was among 846 businesses across 52 industries from 48 countries recognized as this year’s honorees.

"There is a global movement of people using the power of business to achieve a higher purpose than profit maximization," B Lab noted in its announcement. "They strive to use business as a force for good: good for workers, good for communities, good for the environment. They redefine success in business by competing to be not just best in the world, but best for the world."

"We are grateful to be among a prestigious group of organizations worldwide," said Robynn Shrader, Chief Executive Officer, NCG. "Our team has worked with devotion to contribute to our place in the B Corp community, from participating in the 2017 B Corp Inclusion Challenge to highlighting other B Corps through coordinated product promotions at NCG co-ops. We are committed to continual improvement and we thank B Lab for recognizing this ongoing work."

In addition to NCG’s B Corp certification and this new honor, NCG food co-ops sold $80.4 million worth of products from Certified B Corps in 2016.

About NCG

National Co+op Grocers (NCG), founded in 1999, is a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops located throughout the United States. NCG helps unify food co-ops in order to optimize operational and marketing resources, strengthen purchasing power, and ultimately offer more value to natural food co-op owners and shoppers everywhere. Our 148 member and associate co-ops operate more than 200 storefronts in 38 states with combined annual sales of nearly $2 billion. NCG is a winner of the dotCoop Global Awards for Cooperative Excellence and a Certified B Corp. Find a map of NCG member and associate co-ops. To learn more about co-ops, visit www.strongertogether.coop.

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