New Seasons Market

Food Grocer

Portland, Oregon

United States

www.newseasonsmarket.com

About New Seasons Market

New Seasons Market is a West Coast neighborhood grocer with a people-first culture that builds and sustains relationships for the greater good. The world’s first B Corp grocery store, the company places as much value on taking care of its staff, its community and the environment as it does on growing and operating its business, resulting in genuine relationships between staff, vendors and customers.

A respected champion of the regional food economy, it partners with farmers, ranchers and producers to deliver the best of the region, and pairs local, organic favorites with grocery classics to offer customers choice, value and flexibility. New Seasons started with a single store in Portland, Ore., in 2000 when three families and 50 friends united over shared values. Together with its 4,000 plus welcoming staff, New Seasons offers a unique retail experience in which communities come together to realize the potential of a healthy, sustainable food system.

New Seasons is an industry leader for sustainability practices that focus on waste reduction, efficient use of energy and water, green building and alternative transportation. Building strong ties with the communities it serves, ten percent of the grocer’s after-tax dollars are dedicated to nonprofits that fight hunger, promote environmental conservation, and support K – 12 schools.

New Seasons has 21 neighborhood stores in Washington, Oregon and California, as well as four New Leaf Community Market locations in Northern California. For more information visit www.newseasonsmarket.com.

New Seasons Market is the first 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 17 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.

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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*

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.

21
7
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.

25
18
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).

N/A
N/A
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.

44
17
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
102
55

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: 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, Long Term Disability, Flexible Spending Accounts, Employee Assistance Program, Life Insurance and Domestic Partner Benefits; 80%+ of part-time workers are enrolled in the healthcare plan; 85% of positions above entry level filled by internal candidates.

Community: 10% of profits donated to charitable organizations; Employees allowed eight hours of paid time off for community service; 10+ years average tenure of relationships with Significant Suppliers; Company has worked with policymakers and/or stakeholders to develop or advocate for increased adoption of social and environmental standards.

Environment: 35% of cost of goods sold came from suppliers located within 200 miles; Company has adopted a zero waste goal and is approaching zero waste in their non-hazardous waste generation (90% or better); Company-wide recovery and recycling program that includes paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, metal and composting; Company monitors and reports usage and has specific reduction targets for energy and water.

Governance: Company produces a public-facing annual report detailing its mission-related/sustainability performance, including quantifiable targets and results; Board of Directors reviews key performance indicators on the company’s social and/or environmental performance; sustainability principles and practices are integrated into new employee and manager training.

Miscellany: 

Videos

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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 »
  • Freshwater Trust Podcast Go »
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