Salt Spring Coffee

Coffee Roasting

Richmond, British Columbia


About Salt Springs Coffee

Founded by organic farmers in 1996 on Salt Spring, an island off Canada’s West Coast, this coffee pioneer has put social responsibility and sustainability at the cornerstone of its business.

Salt Spring Coffee’s high-quality organic beans are now sold, served and enjoyed in cafés, restaurants and food stores throughout Canada. The growing company has stayed true to its roots in organic farming with a Fair to Farmer program that creates direct partnerships with the coffee communities where its beans are grown. It funds innovative projects at home and around the world through its 1% for the Planet donations, including co-founding an initiative to help fellow Canadian companies follow its lead in drastically reducing waste sent to landfills, helping isolated Nicaraguan farmers install solar panels to power essentials, and working with a farming co-op run by women in Uganda to connect its members to the great-tasting coffee they produce.  

Salt Spring Coffee was recognized in B Lab’s first ‘Best for the World’ list for the effectiveness of its sustainability programs and its commitment to social responsibility and the environment.

B Corp’s certification goes beyond looking at our products and evaluates our whole company and the impact we have on our workforce, suppliers, farming communities -- and the planet that sustains us all. We are proud to be part of a movement working toward a fundamental change in business, one that matches our mission to help people live and work in communities that are closely connected to their natural environment.

The Change We Seek®

Salt Spring Coffee traces its origins back to an organic farm on a Canadian island renowned for its sense of community, fairness and sustainability. The company’s motto is Believe in Being Better and for two decades its actions have been informed by those island roots in organic farming.

All of the beans it roasts and sells are 100-per-cent organic, and Salt Spring Coffee has put a premium on fairness and community partnerships, collaborating and growing in step with the people who form the links of its supply chain. It is the first Canadian coffee company to join 1% for the Planet, a global movement of businesses donating at least one per cent of annual revenues to environmental organizations, and today uses those donations as part of its Fair to Farmer initiative, working directly with farmers and their communities to fund practices and projects that improve our relationships with each other and the environment.

Salt Spring Coffee released its first annual Corporate Sustainability Report in 2015, documenting its pioneering approach to taking responsibility for the full life-cycle of its products, from seed to cup, and working hand-in-hand with farmers. 

At home, it has raised funds and awareness around forest conservation in partnership with Canopy, and co-founded, with LOCO BC, the Zero Hero Waste Program to help businesses reduce their waste and related greenhouse gas emissions; Salt Spring Coffee now sends less than 9 per cent of its materials to landfills. The company’s international Fair to Farmer projects include working with EOS International to install solar panels on remote farms in Nicaragua, and teaming up with a gender justice pioneer, Uganda’s Bukonzo Joint Co-operative Union, to help its 5,200 farmer members -- 85 per cent of them women -- conduct regular tasting tests on their organic beans.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

February 2010

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: 

Environment: 95% of the way to goal of zero waste; Top 10% of industry for reduction of harmful gas emissions and non-hazardous waste; Top 10% in industry in use of sustainable, organic, recycled, and/or biodegradable input materials; Top 10% in industry in recycling, recovering or composting manufacturing waste; 80% of Significant Suppliers screened for environmental metrics and evaluated annually

Employees: Pays above Fair Trade price to help family farmers; Reimburses full-time employees for continuing education; Covers >50% of family healthcare premiums; 6+ weeks paid maternity/paternity leave; Support for employees seeking short-term leave with job guaranteed upon return

Community: Provides 5 year contracts to support community development; Supplier Code of Conduct enforced annually by a third-party; >50% of employees are women; member of Fair Labor Association; Fair Trade Certified; 20-39% of significant suppliers are independent and local; Donates >1% of profits to charity

Consumers: 100% organic 


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