NCG Sets New Goals for Workplace Inclusion Policies by Joining in the “2017 B Corp Inclusion Challenge”

Jan 24, 2017

National Co+op Grocers (NCG) — a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops across the United States — today announced its participation in the “B Corp Inclusion Challenge.” Developed by B Lab, the nonprofit organization that certifies B Corps and serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good, the B Corp Inclusion Challenge is the first ever call-to-action for the B Corp community to improve its collective impact.

Certified B Corporations are for-profit companies that meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. Today, there are more than 2,000 Certified B Corps in over 50 countries and 120 industries. NCG received its B Corp certification in 2012.

The B Corp Inclusion Challenge invites every B Corp to set goals and improve on three or more of the inclusive economy metrics that are measured as part of the B Corp certification process. These metrics aim to help companies foster a more inclusive economy by creating opportunity for all, reducing inequality and improving their performance on inclusion and diversity.

As part of the 2017 challenge, NCG will focus on improving three metrics from its B Impact Assessment:

  • Ensure all NCG staff wages are at least 60% above the local livable wage
  • Raise awareness of systemic bias, inclusion and diversity issues by sharing resources with staff
  • Encourage diversity among its board of directors, by supporting inclusion of board members who are women or individuals from underrepresented populations

“NCG values diversity and enthusiastically joins our fellow B Corps in leading the way towards a more inclusive economy,” said Robynn Shrader, NCG’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our B Corp certification, coupled with the seven cooperative principles, provide NCG with a rigorous framework for ethical business and this year’s B Corp Inclusion Challenge offers a welcome opportunity to deepen our already strong commitment to diversity and equality within the workplace.”

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 Corporation. Find a map of NCG member and associate co-ops. To learn more about co-ops, visit www.strongertogether.coop.

About B Corporations

Certified B Corporations are leaders of a global movement of people using business as a force for good™. They meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability and aspire to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. There are more than 2,000 Certified B Corporations in over 120 industries and 50 countries with one unifying goal – to redefine success in business.

About B Lab

B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. Its vision is that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world and society will enjoy prosperity for all for the long term. B Lab drives this systemic change by: 1) Building a global community of Certified B Corporations who meet the highest standards of verified, overall social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability; 2) Promoting Mission Alignment using innovative corporate structures like the benefit corporation to align the interests of business with those of society and to help high impact businesses be built to last; 3) Helping tens of thousands of businesses, investors, and institutions Measure What Matters, by using the B Impact Assessment and B Analytics to manage their impact — and the impact of the businesses with whom they work — with as much rigor as their profits; 4) Inspiring millions to join the movement through compelling story-telling by B the Change Media.

For up-to-date stats and more information, visit www.bcorporation.net, www.bimpactassessment.net, www.b-analytics.net and www.benefitcorp.net.

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