Cabot Creamery Cooperative

Cheese & Dairy Products

Waitsfield, Vermont

United States

www.cabotcheese.coop

About Cabot Creamery

Cabot Creamery, founded in 1919, has its roots in Cabot, Vermont. As employers and dairy farmers, they still honor the frugal values of those bygone times. Over the years they’ve thrived and grown through the hard work, collaborative spirit, and persistent commitment of 1200 family farm owners throughout New England and Upstate New York who raise their herds to produce quality milk.

They hold to generations of family traditions while adopting new best practices, advancing public agriculture policy and driving sustainable innovations to benefit the land, improve animal care and enrich communities on behalf of their families and consumers.  And they’re part of a rare remaining breed of dairy manufacturers in the Northeast that are locally owned and operated.

Today, Cabot is one of three brands of the Agri-Mark cooperative family of dairy farms in the Northeast. They own and operate four dairy facilities that make award-winning cheddar and other dairy products in Cabot and Middlebury, Vermont, Chateaugay, New York and West Springfield, Massachusetts.

Cabot Creamery celebrates a nearly century-old commitment to returning 100% of profits to the farm family owners whose industrious stewardship provides fair wage employment to hundreds, sustains open working landscapes, and safeguards their core heritage of family farming.

In so many ways, we see our own cooperative values reflected in the spirit of the B Corp movement:  a passion for collaboration and the power of collective voice. Cabot is proud to be the country’s first dairy cooperative to achieve B Corp Certification.

The Change We Seek®

With the launch of their committed sustainability journey, today they assess their impact on the land and on their communities from cow to creamery to consumer, managing, measuring and reporting according to the best practice principles of Context Based Sustainability. For the present and into the future, they are working to enrich the legacy of their farms, their families and their communities by living within their means while ensuring the means to live.

 

 

 

 

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

August 2012
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Environment

Environment

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.

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9
Workers

Workers

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.

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Customers

Customers

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).

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N/A
Community

Community

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.

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Governance

Governance

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.

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Overall B Score
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80

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: 

Governance: Dairy farmer owned cooperative holds monthly meetings of elected farmer-owner board of directors, regional meetings for all farmers, and annual meeting of elected farmer-owners to engage on topics of environmental, social and governance policies.

Community: Owned by cooperative of 1200 farmers, 40% of whom are in low-income communities; >15% of workforce located in low-income communities.

Workers: 53% of open positions filled through internal promotions; health & wellness programs and counseling services offered; active committee that monitors health and safety issues.

Environment: Company studies life cycle impacts of 50-75% of products; monitors energy usage and has specific reduction targets; company reduced 1-4% of energy (relative to company revenues).

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