Lotus Foods

Specialty Rice

Richmond, California

United States


About Lotus Foods

Since 1995, Lotus Foods has been partnering in fair trade with small family farmers around the world who are growing rice sustainably and preserving rice biodiversity. The company’s intent and vision is not only to help rice farmers earn a living wage but to bring healthier rice choices to consumers. A small company with a big mission, Lotus Foods has emerged as a leader in the specialty rice category, and made a big difference in the quality of life of its family farm suppliers. Lotus Foods organic, heirloom and more sustainably grown rices are distinguished by their terroir and treasured for their distinctive cooking qualities, taste, texture, aroma, color and nutritional value. Lotus Foods provides consumers with new choices by offering a rare collection of rice that is the high value alternative to commodity and other standard rice currently available from domestic growers and other importers.

We are optimists and believe we can change the world for the better with how we do business. This is the essence of being a B Corp. For us certification is a way to reflect our commitment to this vision, communicate it to the wider public, and to associate ourselves with other like-minded businesses that are trying to develop a new paradigm in which social and environmental success are as important as monetary profit. 

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The Change We Seek®

Assuring enough food and water for 9 billion people are major challenges of this century. Fully one quarter to one third of the planet’s annual freshwater supplies are used up irrigating the global rice crop. This level of water consumption cannot be sustained. In 2008, Lotus Foods committed to create market incentives for smallholder farmers who are growing rice more sustainably using System of Rice Intensification (SRI) methods, which enable them to achieve higher productivity with 25-50% less water, 80-90% less seed, less or no agrochemicals and reduced methane gas emissions. [For full details about SRI see http://sri.ciifad.cornell.edu]  Working intensively with SRI farmers, NGOs and other institutional partners, Lotus Foods, in 2009, introduced 3 traditional rices from Cambodia, Indonesia and Madagascar, and in 2011 began distribution of these certified organic and fair trade rices in 15 oz retail bags, under the tagline 'More Crop Per DropTM .  When you purchase Lotus Foods More Crop Per DropTM rices, you are directly enabling producer families to pay for school fees and medicines, improve their nutrition, and enhance their soil and water quality. And you are helping farmers to keep bringing you some of the world’s healthiest rices.

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What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

February 2012

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: 

Workers: Pays at least 40% above minimum wage; Offers private supplemental health insurance to fulltime employees and immediate families

Community: Screens suppliers/distributors/retailers for positive impact; Chooses majority of fair trade certified suppliers; Makes donations to local non-profits, schools/hospitals, community/cultural centers

Environment: Has extensive recycling program to reuse and recycle materials; Use energy-saving strategies in company’s buildings; Uses >10% renewable energy; 100% of rice is non-GMO



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