The Cleaver Co.

Event planning and catering; Full service restaurant; Park concession/kiosks

New York, New York

United States

About The Cleaver Co.

Founded in 1981, The Cleaver Co. has long been committed to supporting a regional food and farm economy that fosters a pure food supply. The Cleaver Co. is a full-service event planning and catering operation with a large roster of private, non-profit and corporate clients. The Green Table is their farm-to-table restaurant in the Chelsea Market where guests enjoy delicious, globally-inspired dishes that demonstrate a commitment to seasonal cuisine. The company also operates two food and beverage kiosks in the Bosque Gardens at The Battery in Lower Manhattan.

Mary Cleaver, one of the country’s foremost authorities on sustainable food and local sourcing, is the founder and owner of The Cleaver Co. Whether at dinner for two at The Green Table, or at a gala for 500, Mary’s long-standing belief is always clear: the best foods are grown, raised and harvested within a day’s drive of the table.

We are a values-driven, “triple bottom line” business, and we believe nurturing people and the planet will produce profit. In becoming a B Corp, we join with people who share the belief that business can be “a force for good.” We became a B Corp to be part of this exciting movement for social change, grounded in the idea that together we can create a better, healthier business paradigm – one that reflects the interconnectivity observed in nature.

The Change We Seek®

The Cleaver Co.’s mission is to source, prepare and serve healthy, beautiful and delicious food while supporting the practice and principles of sustainable agriculture and cuisine. Organic raw materials come from local family farms and are fished and farmed using ecologically healthy practices. The company works directly with dozens of farmers, Greenmarkets and thoughtful distributors (including B Corp Sea to Table) who work to get the best local food from the Hudson Valley, Long Island, New Jersey and Vermont into the New York City marketplace by working closely with like-minded farmers, producers and fisheries.

True sustainability in the catering and restaurant world is not only about where food comes from – it’s also about where it goes: the whole cycle from farm to post-plate. The Cleaver Co. operates with a low-to-zero waste mentality, keeping as much as possible out of landfills by separating waste into compost, recycling and landfill – both in the main kitchen and at catered events. China and glassware are used whenever possible, cooking oils are recycled and environmentally-friendly cleaning products are the norm. The Cleaver Co. serves New York City tap water filtered with an in-house purifying/carbonation system.

The Cleaver Co. also maintains a rich portfolio of pro-bono work supporting organizations focused on food systems change, sustainable and biodynamic agriculture, agricultural policy and children’s food education.

The Cleaver Co. seeks to reimagine a healthy food supply and agricultural system for future generations.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

December 2014

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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