Hopworks Urban Brewery

Brewery and Restaurants

Portland, Oregon

United States

hopworksbeer.com

About Hopworks Urban Brewery

Founded in 2007, in Portland, Oregon, Hopworks Urban Brewery is committed to brewing world-class beer as sustainably as possible using organic malts and hops sourced primarily from the Northwest. The company’s 20-barrel brewery produces more than 12,500 barrels of beer a year for HUB’s two brewpubs and for distribution. Hopworks, a Certified B Corporation, incorporates a range of sustainable practices in its operation and makes every effort to protect our future with a thoughtful alternative. HUB is 100% renewably powered and “cradle to gate” carbon neutral. The brewpubs offer handcrafted organic and Salmon-Safe beers and fresh, locally sourced food in sustainably-built and operated buildings with a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere.

We believe business goals can work together with environmental and social stewardship. We’re very proud to take the next step, becoming accountable for growing incrementally and meaningfully while modeling business practices that consider both the planet and of our communities. Becoming a B Corporation reinforces these values while giving us strong peer reinforcement and accountability.

The Change We Seek®

Hopworks’ mission is to revolutionize and inspire the brewing industry with practices that drive quality, protect the environment and improve Hopworks’ community. Hopworks achieves this through conscientious practices that include: the use of USDA Certified Organic and Salmon-Safe Certified ingredients in beer, giving of 1% of Powell brew pub pint sales to local charitable organizations, providing organic and local pub fare, maintaining 100% carbon neutral operations, and zero waste initiatives.

A major initiative at Hopworks is to model environmental stewardship by reducing water consumption in the production of beer while expanding capacity and distribution. The brewery recently installed a Cleaning In Place system, which allows the brewery to conserve five times the amount of water when cleaning fermentation tanks while also saving energy and cleaner. Additionally, the brewery’s heat exchanger allows the brewery to capture the water used to cool down boiled wort and put it directly into the hot liquor tank.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

February 2015
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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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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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 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: Tracks key performance indicators to achieve social and environmental objectives; Produces a public-facing annual report with quantifiable results of its mission-related performance

Workers: 100% of workers are paid a living wage; 100% of the company is owned by full-time workers; Communicates safety and health concerns through regular training

Community: >25% of the company is owned by individuals from underrepresented populations; Prefers local suppliers and managers; >60% of significant suppliers hold a third party social or environmental certification

Environment: Offsets 100% of GHG emissions through purchasing carbon credits; Integrates environmental considerations into product design; Brewing supplies are 100% organic

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