New Seasons Market

Food Grocer

Portland, Oregon

United States

www.newseasonsmarket.com

About New Seasons Market

Founded in 2000, New Seasons Market is proud to be homegrown and locally owned, currently operating 13 stores in the Portland-Vancouver area, with three more opening soon. Since the day they welcomed the first customer through their doors, New Seasons Market’s goal was to build community, champion the regional food economy, and be sustainable to the core by keeping their footprint small and gentle on the earth. 

New Seasons Market is the first and only grocery store on the planet to achieve B Corp certification; an accomplishment of which we are very proud. B Corp certification acknowledges and validates what we’ve been doing for the past 13 years, but more importantly, it provides a framework to ensure we remain true to our founding mission and values, while building upon those philosophies to make us even better as we grow. We know community health and community wealth are big keys to our success, and we are dedicated to putting the power of business to work for good. We remain committed to measuring what matters, and understand that profit is only part of that equation. 

Their neighborhood stores aren’t just about groceries. They’re about community. New Seasons Market loves their customers, vendors, and farmers. They care deeply about their relationships, and are proud to offer not just food that is delicious and fun to buy, but an experience that makes you feel good. And they’re not the food police. You want homegrown, organic, grass fed beef one day, and cheese puffs and cola the next? They get it. New Seasons Market supports you being you and cares about your happiness. Life is about balance. With that in mind they offer free wellness classes and nutritional counseling in addition to great quality food products. 

With more than 2,400 employees, New Seasons is one of Oregon’s largest private employers. Dedicated to creating a progressive workplace, New Seasons shares 20 percent of after-tax profits with its staff through an equitable profit sharing plan that’s distributed based on tenure, not title. They offer lifestyle scheduling, giving staff consistent hours and schedules, allowing them to live their lives, have a life, and make New Seasons Market a part of that life. 

New Seasons also gives 10 percent of its after-tax profits back to the community. In 2012, the company partnered with more than 900 local nonprofits committed to addressing hunger in the community, public education and conservation. They believe if you bring your peers and community with you, you can do anything. Recognized as one of the greenest local companies by Oregon Business Magazine, New Seasons Market was recently verified to be a Zero Waste company, diverting 92 percent of its waste away from area landfills. 

The Change We Seek®

New Seasons Market is fully aligned with B Corp’s vision of redefining how you succeed in business. Their mission is to be the ultimate neighborhood grocery store. That means creating the best shopping experience possible: one that is easy, fun, and genuinely friendly. It means making lots of room for local and regional products and supporting family farms. It means giving back to the community, taking care of the environment, and creating a progressive workplace where staff can thrive. They strive to be leaders in their community, region, state and with their friends, acquaintances, supporters and even their competition. New Seasons Market believes the only way they will succeed is if everyone succeeds. By reaching to be at their best every day, New Seasons Market hopes to encourage others to be the change they want to see in the world. They want to help set the example for others – show them it can be done, and cheer them on.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

March 2013
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

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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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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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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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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Overall B Score
121
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: 

Employees: Living wage paid to all full and part-time employees; Profit Sharing and 401(k) available to all employees; 80% of healthcare premiums paid for individuals ; 70% of healthcare premiums paid for families; advanced benefits include Short-term Disability, Flexible Spending Accounts, Employee Assistance Program, Life Insurance and Domestic Partner Benefits

Community: 10% of profits donated to charitable organizations; Employees allowed eight hours of paid time off for community service

Environment: 92% of facilities located within ½ mile of public transportation; Company-wide recovery and recycling program that includes  paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, metal and composting; >75% of printed materials use recycled paper content, FSC certified paper or soy-based inks; Water conservation methods include low-flow toilets and faucets, grey-water usage for irrigation and rainwater harvesting

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Press:

  • "Portlanders add bee criss to areas honey-do list" Portland Tribune Go>>
  • "New Seasons digs deep to become 'zero-waste' company" Portland Tribune Go>>

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