National Co+op Grocers

Business services cooperative for retail food co-ops

Iowa City, Iowa

United States

About National Co+op Grocers

National Co+op Grocers (NCG), founded in 1999, is a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops located throughout the United States. NCG helps unify food co-ops in order to optimize operational and marketing resources, strengthen purchasing power, and ultimately offer more value to natural food co-op owners and shoppers everywhere. Our 143 member and associate co-ops operate 190 storefronts in 38 states with combined annual sales over $1.7 billion. NCG is a winner of the dotCoop Global Awards for Cooperative Excellence in recognition of the application of cooperative values and principles to drive cooperative and business success.

Cooperatives are based on the values of self-responsibility, democracy, equality, honesty and social responsibility. We believe that businesses which exist to serve their owners and their communities result in a powerful economic force through which we can ensure a sustainable food system, fair treatment of people, and a healthy environment. Becoming a B Corporation was a natural fit and another way to illustrate those values under which we as cooperatives have always operated.

The Change We Seek®

Food co-ops offer a dynamic and exciting alternative to “business as usual” and to helping consumers meet their basic food needs. We have something unique to offer millions of people, and they are hungry for what we bring to the table. NCG's vision for the future is one where co-ops are widely recognized as a strong and viable business model, an important component of a strong economy, and a mechanism for consumer choice, a fair and honest deal, and ethical business.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

October 2011

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: 

Governance: Discloses financial information quarterly, >40% management from minority populations

Community: 30% suppliers socially or environmentally certified; Workers receive paid time off for community service

Environment: Formally engaged to reduce environental impact; 100% facilities in previously built establishments; 100% facilities locates within 1/2 mile public transportation; Up to 24% energy from renewable sources

Employees: Fully funded worker retirement plan; 23% workers participate in external professional development programs; >80% workers satified and engaged according to employee assessment




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