Numi Organic Tea

Organic Teas

Oakland, California

United States

www.numitea.com

About Numi

Numi Organic Tea blends premium organic teas and herbs with only 100% real ingredients, allowing nature to speak for itself. As a pioneering, quadruple-bottom line company (people, planet, product, profit), Numi sources its teas and ingredients directly from fair labor gardens that pay farmers and workers fair wages that allow their families to thrive. Over half of Numi’s teas are sourced from Fair Trade Certified gardens, which empower tea growers to invest Fair Trade premiums back into their communities. Fair Trade premiums earned on tea gardens have helped procure and develop new roads, cooking stoves, mosquito nets, schools, college scholarships, maternity benefits, onsite medical staff and life insurance for farming families.

Numi is a company committed to reducing its impact on the planet through ecologically responsible choices in sourcing, production and recycled and non-GMO packaging. Numi Organic Tea sources organic teas and herbs, which helps protect the health of farmers, the consumer and the planet. Numi Organic Tea uses natural, biodegradable, filter-paper tea bags, rather than GMO corn or plastic “silky” tea sachets. Numi’s tea boxes are made of 85% post-consumer waste, printed with soy-based inks and without unneeded shrink-wrap. Numi Organic Tea partners with programs that lower and offset carbon emissions, including a solar-powered production facility.

It was important to us to belong to a group that represents our values and helps support and sustain these values into the future. We believe in surrounding ourselves with like-minded individuals that care about our future and the future of humankind. B Corporations have very high values which are aligned with everything Numi believes in.

The Change We Seek®

Numi Organic Tea is committed to sourcing USDA Certified Organic teas and herbs. Conventional tea growing and processing exposes workers to harmful chemicals, which are sprayed directly onto the tea leaves.

Numi is highly committed to ethical sourcing that supports the rights and livelihoods of farmers and farm workers. Numi works with Fair Trade USA to source as many Fair Trade Certified products as are currently available within Numi’s innovation and quality standards. Numi also has worked diligently to fill in the gaps where Fair Trade Certified is not yet applicable, and has been instrumental in the launch of the new Fair Labor Practices and Community Benefits Certification developed by Scientific Certification Systems, a leading U.S. standards developer and certifier in sectors such as food, forestry, fisheries, and cut flowers. Numi began purchasing Fair Trade Certified teas in April 2005 and is now one of the top importers of Fair Trade Certified tea to the US. Since that time, the company has purchased over 358,000 pounds of tea from 17 different Fair Trade tea estates in six countries resulting in more than $134,800 in social program funds benefitting tea workers all over the world.

All of Numi’s packaging materials are biodegradable and/or recyclable, and its retail products are cello-wrap free. More than 95% of our packaging materials incorporate the use of post-consumer waste or bamboo. In the village of Guangxi, China, bamboo producers converted from using petroleumbased lacquer to using 100% natural lacquer in 2004. In 2007, Numi switched to soy-based inks for the printing of its retail cartons and other printed materials.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

December 2007
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: 

Employees: Living wage paid to all employees; Covers >80% health insurance costs for all employees; Part-time employees qualify for full-time health care benefits

Community: Offers paid time off for employees to volunteer; 60% of products are Fair Trade Certified; Specifies social and environmental criteria for all Significant Suppliers; 45% women/minority management

Consumers: 100% teas are Certified Organic

Environment: Packaging is 85% post-consumer waste; Uses natural biodegradable filter-paper tea bags; Printing used on packaging uses soy-based inks; Has implemented comprehensive recycling and composting at all facilities; Bi-annual environmental audits are made transparent to the public

Miscellany: 

Videos

• Numi on YouTube Go»
• Numi Receives California Small Business Award Go»

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Blogs

• Better Know Numi Organic Tea Go»

Press

• Examiner Article Go»

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