Our 2020-2021 B Corp Progress Report: Measuring More than Profit

Our 2020-2021 B Corp Progress Report: Measuring More than Profit

March is B Corp Month – a time for us to reflect on and share what being a B Corp has looked like over the course of the last 12 months and the importance of what it means to us today.

First off, what are B Corporations?

According to B Lab, the certifying organization for B Corps, “Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.” There are currently over 3,800 Certified B Corporations in more than 74 countries. 138 of those companies reside in Oregon.

Where We Started

Nossa Familia Coffee B Corp Certified

In 2016 Nossa Familia Coffee became Oregon’s first B Corp Certified Coffee Roaster, showing our commitment to the Triple Bottom Line of People, Planet and Profit. We see coffee as a force for good – both as a responsibility and as an opportunity to make a positive impact in the world.


What does being a B Corp look like at Nossa Familia today?

Most importantly, being a B Corp means that we measure more than our profit. We strive to continually improve our social practices and our environmental impact with every commitment we make. Our commitments as a B Corp include:

  • Purchasing 100% renewable energy at all Nossa facilities
  • Reducing roasting energy & emissions by up to 80% using Loring machines
  • Implementing extensive Zero Waste initiatives in our roastery & cafés
  • Paying above Fair Trade prices to our coffee farmers
  • Having a local, and sustainable purchasing policy to guide procurement
  • Offering paid volunteer & pro-bono time for employees to engage with community organizations
  • Donating at least 10% of annual profits to nonprofit organizations

Being a B Corp in 2020

A year after the start of a global pandemic, the light at the end of the tunnel is finally looking a little brighter. When we look back at 2020 we're left with an enormous amount of gratitude. The show of resilience from everyone involved in our coffee supply chain - from our staff and our farmers to our stakeholders, made being a B Corp particularly meaningful. Our corporate giving, as a result of customer purchases of our Giveback coffees, was up nearly 19%; and while we did lose ground in our zero-waste efforts when we temporarily halted our in-cafe and reusable cup service, we’re currently seeing encouraging numbers with every reusable cup we fill in our cafes. 

Nossa Familia by the Numbers 2020

2020 Nossa Familia by the Numbers

• 283,669 lbs of coffee was roasted
• 212,641 lbs of C02e were saved by roasting on our energy-efficient Loring machines - over 80% less emissions than standard roasters
• 14,073 lattes were served at our cafes
• 26% of lattes served were made with plant based milk - presenting a lower Global Warming Potential than lattes made with dairy milk
• 6,244 disposable cups were saved from the landfill thanks to 63% of customers bringing their own reusable cups or choosing for-here from January through March 15, 2020 (prior to COVID-19 closures and policy changes)
• 2,426 lbs of coffee was donated to community partners on the front lines from sales of Delicia coffee
• $23,280 in-kind and $17,134 in cash was donated to local nonprofits
• $10,336 was donated to The Street Trust and Community Cycling Center from sales of our Full Cycle Coffee
• $2,140 was donated to the De la Gente Young Farmers Fund from sales of Festa & Next Generation Roast with New Seasons

2020 Milestones

• Hosting Black-owned Guest Coffee Roasters in our cafes 

• Amplifying Black-owned businesses and nonprofit organizations supporting diversity and inclusion including:

• Conducting a 10 week series of anti-racism workshops for Nossa Familia staff working from the Adaway Group list of "White Dominant Organizational Norms/Characteristics" adapted from the "White Supremacy Culture Characteristics" document by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun

• Becoming a member of Prosper Portland's Portland Means Progress city-wide initiative designed to create a more inclusive economy in Portland

 • Launching a new Nossa Cares Program to Support Our Staff during COVID-19 and to donate coffee to local organizations providing food and care to those in need

• In December of 2019 Nossa joined 500+ B Corp Businesses to commit to Net Zero by 2030

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