Reunion Island Coffee

Coffee

Oakville, Ontario

Canada

reunionislandcoffee.com

 

About Reunion Island Coffee

Founded in 1995, Reunion Island Coffee is a specialty coffee roaster located just outside of Toronto, Ontario. Over the past 18 years, they have established themselves as one of North America’s premier roasters and were named as a finalist for Roast Magazine’s 2013 Roaster of the Year. Reunion Island maintains this standing through an unwavering commitment to quality, sustainability and innovation.

As a company, Reunion Island believes that everyone deserves great coffee. And to that end, thanks to their deep roots in the Canadian coffee industry, Reunion Island’s customer list has grown to include trendsetting cafés, five-star hotels, and some of the best independent restaurants in the country, along with world-class retailers, etailers, museums and office coffee services. 

Reunion Island is firmly committed to supporting sustainable coffee farming and offers a growing line of direct trade, Organic, Rainforest Alliance and Fair Trade coffees, all while working to maintain their standing as one of the most environmentally responsible coffee roasters on the continent. By expanding their direct support for farmers, NGOs working in coffee-producing countries and a wide variety of Canadian organizations, Reunion Island strives to make life incrementally better both at home and abroad.

For Reunion Island Coffee, sustainability means taking an uncompromising approach to every facet of our business. We look at the social, environmental and economic impacts of all of our activities from the way we source our coffee to the way we operate our business at home. Being a B Corp provides us with a framework to ensure that we are operating in a way that will sustain our business while helping the producers we work with, our employees, and our community and sustain themselves.

The Change We Seek®

Reunion Island began with a simple mission: to provide its customers with the best coffee and the best customer service. Over the past 10 years, that mission has adapted to incorporate social responsibility and sustainability throughout their supply chain.

Coffee, one of the most labor-intensive agricultural products in the world, is grown exclusively in developing countries, populated by a great many of the three billion people in the world living on less than $2 a day. The economics of coffee for most producers is untenable because they simply are not paid enough for their product. 

Reunion Island aims to ensure that none of the farmers they work with are forced to decide whether to feed their farm or their family. Reunion Island works diligently to ensure sustainable conditions for all aspects of their business. Equal importance is placed on the ethics behind coffee they source, choosing the companies and certifiers they work with, their efforts to green their roasting facility, and the attention they pay to the welfare of their employees. They visit the farms they buy from, support NGOs at home and abroad, actively engage the industry to create higher standards for quality and sustainability, treat their employees with respect and support, and roast to provide their customers with truly outstanding coffee.

Reunion Island believes that the B Corp framework will enhance their already expansive efforts to achieve a more sustainable supply chain and create a truly  innovative business model for coffee: one where the producer, consumer, and everyone in between are all financially, environmentally and socially stable.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

July 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.

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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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