Alter Eco

Fair Trade & Organic Foods

San Francisco, California

United States

About Alter Eco

Alter Eco is a pioneer of globally crafted organic foods, including delicious Swiss-made chocolate bars and truffles, Bolivian Royal heirloom quinoa, heirloom Thai rice and Mascobado cane sugar. All Alter Eco products are USDA Certified Organic, Fair Trade Certified, Carbon Neutral Certified, Non-GMO Project Verified and Certified Gluten-Free. Recognized as a top certified Benefit Corporation and one of the first registered Public Benefit Corporations, Alter Eco is dedicated to full-circle sustainability throughout its operations and supply chain through four pillars: sourcing using Fair Trade principles, producing of only organic and non-GMO foods, creating minimal waste by working towards 100 percent compostable packaging, and in-setting carbon emissions by means of large-scale reforestation programs in the cooperatives that produce its crops. These principals are entwined with Alter Eco’s commitment to the highest quality ingredients and taste in all its products.

Alter Eco is based on the premise that food is fundamental to life – and whole, healthy, delicious food can make life better for people all over the world. By working directly with the small-scale farmers who grow our quinoa, rice, sugar and cacao, helping them institute Fair Trade and Organic practices and assisting them in improving both quality of food and quality of life, we’re creating a system that benefits everyone involved. Our values extend to the flora, fauna and fields – we work with our co-op partners to preserve heirloom grains, replenish and reforest the land. And as a Carbon Negative business, we offset more carbon than we emit.

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The Change We Seek®

Alter Eco gets its name from two of its cornerstone principles — Economic Alternative, for a different and fair approach to trade, and Ecological Alternative, for a more environmentally sustainable approach to farming. Alter Eco's premium quality is the marriage between traditional farming and finely-tuned gourmet craftsmanship –an unbeatable combination.

Changing the World Never Tasted so Good! Alter Eco provides small-scale farmers outlets for their crop and a brand to protect their interests in highly competitive marketplaces.

Alter Eco offers only organic, fair trade, non-GMO and carbon neutral certified products. This carbon neutral certification means they have measured and compensated the carbon emissions of every step in their supply chain - from the harvest of the raw product to the packaging to the journey to your kitchen table. They offset the emissions linked to their products by planting trees in the Amazon forest through a reforestation program called Pur Projet ( Pur Projet was founded by Alter Eco’s founder in collaboration with one of their partner cocoa cooperatives.

In exchange for their high-quality harvest, they pay farmers a fair price. This price covers the cost of production and enables producers to invest in their lives and future. In addition, Alter Eco pays a Fair Trade Premium. Farmers democratically decide how best to invest the Premium in projects that help the whole community.

In addition, they follow their 5 basic trading principles that extend far beyond basic fair trade and into social and environmental sustainability for those communities. They help their farmer communities improve the environment they live in.

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What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

January 2009

Company Score

Median Score*



The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.



The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.



The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).



The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.



The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

Overall B Score

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Company Highlights: 

Community: 100% Fair Trade Certified products; 100% Significant Suppliers have a third party social/environmental certification; Banks with a local, independent bank; Offers paid time off for employees to volunteer; Policies promote recruitment of majority women/minority owned suppliers

Environment: >25% energy used comes from renewable sources; Has implemented office-wide recycling and composting systems; Conserves energy through efficient equipment, lighting, and HVAC systems

Employees: Living wage paid to all employees; Covers 100% health insurance costs for all employees; Employees performance feedback considers social and environmental targets

Consumers: 100% Certified Organic products



• Alter Eco mentioned in The New York TimesGo»


• The Inspiring Transformation of a Region Go»


• Alter Eco wins Acterra's highest honor Go»

Values and Certifications

• Our Approach to Fair Trade Go»
• Alter Eco Fair Trade Study Go»
• Carbon Zero Certification and Emissions Summary Go»
• Example of Alter Eco's Approach Go»