GROSCHE International Inc.

Design and distribute its own line of tea, coffee, and related kitchenwares

Cambridge, Ontario

Canada

www.grosche.ca

About GROSCHE International Inc.

GROSCHE International Inc. is a manufacturer of a premium line of coffee, tea, and kitchen accessories.They have two major brands in their portfolio, GROSCHE, and ZWEISSEN. (www.grosche.ca and www.zweissen.com). They are a family run and majority woman owned and operated business based in Canada since 2006. They distribute their line of products across the USA, Canada, and also some to Europe and South America.

GROSCHE is a social enterprise with a mission to "Be a Source of Joy in the World", for customers, employees, society and the planet, and to grow sustainably. They use their profits to do social development work internationally including safe water development in India, Africa, and the Phillippines.

The have designed and introduced the most eco-friendly French Presses in the world that are made from up to 75% recycled materials. All their products are BPA Free and use recycled content in their packaging. Lots more about their mission at www.grosche.ca

We became a B Corporation to be able to join a group of like-minded businesses that believe in change through ethical commerce. We believe that for-profit business has a huge role to play in addressing the challenges we face together, and that being a 'good business' can actually also be 'good for business'. We are looking for inspiration from others and to be able to inspire others as well on our collective journey to show that business 2.0 is here for good, and it will make the world a better place.

The Change We Seek®

The change that GROSCHE is working towards is to accelerate the transition of commerce to Business 2.0 - business that is restorative by nature, and leaves no footprint for future generations to address. They believe that the best way to do that is by building a successful ethical business, that grows because of its sustainability efforts, and inspires and coaches other businesses to do the same.

For far too long business has taken a "do whatever you need to for profit, and donate some of those profits to charity for CSR" approach. That clearly damages society and attempts to buy credibility with money; not a model for a successful society. Recently some brands have taken a 1-1 approach where they donate goods to the poor in exchange for sales, a model that not only doesn't create sustainable development for the poor that get these gifts, but often hurts them by dumping cheap imported goods into markets destroying local employment and development. This is a major issue in how CSR is being used by some to grow profits and is actually doing damage in the process.

The approach that GROSCHE takes is to focus on creating a long term means for people to rise out of poverty. Teaching people how to fish will always be better than giving out fish to alleviate issues for the long term. They do that by developing and supporting safe water development projects internationally that teach people how to build the water filters locally, install and service them, and sell them to create local employment and income for the long term. Safe water allows people to be healthy and productive and go to work themselves, and the people that make and distribute the filters get employment in the process. They also focus on education, health, tree planting, climate change advocacy, and local community efforts as well. GROSCHE is a living wage employer, carbon neutral, and a woman owned and operated Canadian family business since 2006.

What people buy makes a difference. Our purpose is to help offer them better products, that are better for the world, at competitive prices and superior value.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

October 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.

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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.

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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
101
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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