Culinary Collective

Gourmet Food Importers

Lynwood, Washington

United States

About Culinary Collective

Culinary Collective is an import and distribution company specializing in gourmet cultural foods that embody and promote their native culture and traditions. They work with small family and community companies that take pride in producing all natural foods using methods and recipes passed down through the generations.

All products are completely natural and free of preservatives or colorants. Organic certification is pursued whenever feasible. Products and ingredients are sourced using fair sourcing criteria to ensure that farmers and producers receive a fair price and that no communities are exploited in the trade process. We select our products to promote local traditions and food cultures.

We became a B Corp because we believe that a truly responsible business serves itself, its employees, its stakeholders, and society's best interests by promoting social equity, environmental restoration, and sustainable economic development.


The Change We Seek®

Through their purchasing practices Culinary Collective aims to raise the living standards for our producers and farmers while encouraging environmental stewardship and community investment. The two internal divisions of Culinary Collective, Matiz España and Zócalo Gourmet, share the Collective social, environmental, and financial principles. Matiz España specializes in locating and importing specialty gourmet food products from small producers in Spain. Zócalo Gourmet supports agricultural communities and traditions in Latin America through the importation of traditional native gourmet food.

• Provide society with services and products that add meaningful value to our lives. These products and services provide society with utility or joy without harming human or environmental health at any point in their life cycle. 
• Contribute to the creation of self-reliant communities by subscribing to local business principles including the local sourcing of production materials, employees, and financing and reinvesting in local community. 
• Do no harm by applying the precautionary principle to ensure that our business activities, products and services are not destructive to society or the environment. 
• Hold human rights, those basic standards without which people cannot live in dignity, to be paramount in all of the company's direct activities or through a third party. 
• Incorporate social, environmental, and financial considerations in all areas of the business. Responsible businesses go beyond compliance with all legal, economic, and environmental legislation, to embodying the company's stated responsible business values and mission.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

June 2007

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: 

Environment: Reduced product packaging; >90% of packaging is recyclable; >25% of office supplies come from recycled materials

Employees: Provides for flexible scheduling; All employees paid a living wage; >15% of net profits included in profit sharing plan; >80% of individual health insurance premiums paid

Community: 100% of products are created by independently owned community-based producers; >50% of employees are women; >25% of employees took time off for community service

Consumers: 100% of products are free of preservatives, colorants, chemical additives, and corn syrup



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