Essence Restaurant Group

Full service restaurants

Grand Rapids, Michigan

United States

www.essencerestaurants.com

About Essence Restaurant Group

Essence Restaurant Group creates extraordinary dining experiences with their family of concept restaurants known for exceptional service, knowledgeable associates, creative cuisine and superior beverage.

They accomplish this with servant leadership principles to ensure profitable financial performance, a creative driven culture, local, sustainable, and environmental business philosophies. Servant Leadership is the skill of influencing people with authority rather than power and using that personal influence to manage a team toward a shared goal and vision.

Our sustainable business practices and carefully chosen locations add value to the neighborhoods in which we do business. We were on the ground floor of the local food movement in Grand Rapids and we have become the local experts for healthy, farm-to-plate food.

The Change We Seek®

As a food first organization, Essence Restaurant Group believes the path of enriching our local food systems lies within transparency and the relationships that are built by supporting local and independent businesses.

Essence Restaurant Group believes by supporting local and independent companies, we are adding value to the communities we live and work in. ERG also believes that by carefully choosing the areas we do business it, greatly influences the social and economic impact of the surrounding community.

By being a leader in hospitality transparency and accountability, Essence is eager to assist other organizations during the B Corp process.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

December 2015
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.

14
7
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.

24
18
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).

N/A
N/A
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.

40
17
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.

11
6
Overall B Score
89
55

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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