Welcome to Stories,
A page about my findings as a Chocolate Maker, Pastry Chef, and Entrepreneur. Stories is a public place to put my thoughts, ramblings and random questions about chocolate, food and business. Today I wanted to work through what a B Corporation is, and why it’s relevant to chocolate and to all business’. “Certified B Corporations are a new kind of business that balances purpose and profit. They are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment. This is a community of leaders, driving a global movement of people using business as a force for good.” This was pulled from the B Corporation website.
Kin+Pod buys beans through a company called Uncommon Cacao, which is a certified B Corporation. Buying cacao beans can range from dirt cheap to very expensive, and I like to keep in mind that whenever my company makes a purchase, that purchase is an opportunity to vote for what I, and the company believes in and stands for. In my case that means ethical sourcing, free of slave labour, human trafficking, and child labour. Sound good eh?
I try and lead my company with the mentality that making ethical choices, and sharing that with consumers can create better self esteem amongst customers, and myself. Doing good, feels good.
From a business perspective this can at times, be challenging. Weighing profit vs social responsibility. It’s a short life and we all are trying to live it to it’s fullest, and for some that means making enough money to do all of the things that we want to do, and having al of the things that we want to have. Something I’ve found fascinating though, is that most people would never take something knowing that it would cause the suffering of another person, animal or being. In that is the true beauty of B Corporation. Profiting enough, without causing harm to other’s. All business’ are capable of this. I feel optimistic that the future of business lies in the ideals of B Corporations, and that it is hopeful, optimistic, and profitable.