Sencha Naturals

Green Tea Products

Los Angeles, California

United States

senchanaturals.com

About Sencha Naturals

Sencha Naturals was founded by David Kerdoon after an inspiring trek through Asia in 2001. During his journeys throughout the region, he discovered the numerous benefits of green tea, was educated on its cultivation, and learned of the extensive research being conducted on this fragile yet potent plant called Camellia sinensis. He was particularly intrigued by the “Sencha” variety of green tea, in which the leaves remain intact and impart a distinctly fresh flavor.

The goal was to create a socially responsible company that implemented this potent herb into unique and functional products beyond the traditional beverage. It began with the original SEN CHA green tea mint and has evolved into a wide variety of flavors and a product line including matcha powder, green tea latte mix, coconut sugar mints and wellness drinks. Products are continuously being improved to ensure highest product quality, community responsibility, and environmental sustainability. The company only sources from Fair Trade & Organic Certified estates through Fair Trade USA that insure fair wages for farmers and workers to invest premiums back in their community.

Our vision for Sencha Naturals has always been to be a company that looks to succeed beyond profits. By being a B Corp, we can measure our success beyond the traditional financial models, which help guide us to be a better company.

The Change We Seek®

Sencha Naturals believes that small companies have a unique advantage to make positive change on the triple bottom line. They believe the limited financial resources of small companies can be overcome by creativity and desire to do good.

In 2005, they became the first non-chocolate confectionery manufacturer to utilize Fair Trade & Organic Certified tea extracts in their green tea mints. They maintain this standard and continue to source ingredients that fit these criteria.

In 2009, they converted their manufacturing facility energy source to solar power, becoming the first natural confectionery manufacturer in the U.S. to use renewable energy as our primary energy source. Over the span of 25 years, this clean energy will reduce the facility’s greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 1,200 tons of carbon dioxide. According to nonprofit organization Trees for the Future, this reduction in CO2 is the equivalent of 4 million miles driven in a small car, or about 47,000 trees planted (which efficiently absorb & store CO2).

In 2012 Sencha Naturals turned over a new leaf and completely redesigned their product from the inside out. They have made a commitment to only use Non-GMO ingredients in their mints. Packaging wise, they have introduced biodegradable containers that are made from a minimum of 65% post-consumer waste.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

May 2012
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: 

Governance: company discloses all financial information (except salary info) at least quarterly and has an open book managment process; full-time employees have access to information that identifies all material owners and investors of company; products are covered by a written consumer warranty

Workers: highest compensated indivdual is paid 1-5x as compred to the lowest worker; 100% of full-time and part-time employees received a bonus this past year; company has flexible work hours, and monthly reimbursement check towards health insurance; 21-25 paid days off per year; 30-59 days paid maternity leave; 100% of company is owned or formally reserved as part of a written plan for full-time workers and management

Community: >30% of workers employed in company facilities located in low-income communities; 20-30% of Signficant Suppliers are located in low-income communities; 10-19% of Significant Suppliers are majority owned by women or individuals from underrepresented populations; company has written policy giving preference to suppliers owned by women or individuals from underrepresented populations 

Environment: >75% of company's printed materials use recycled paper content, FSC certified paper or soy-based inks; 5-9% of energy use has been saved due to conservation and efficiency improvements; 75-99% of materials in product packaging are recylced, renewable, biodegradable, or other environmentally preferred; 

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