Grounds For Change

Coffee Roasting

Poulsbo, Washington

United States

About Grounds for Change

Grounds for Change is committed to the triple bottom line - the social, environmental and financial implications of conducting business. Out of this concept grows premium quality, great service and a passion for their trade. The end result is a truly exceptional cup of coffee. Every single bean that they roast is Fair Trade Certified™, Organic Certified, CarbonFree® Certified and Shade Grown, which means the possibility of a real livelihood for coffee growers, a breath of fresh air for the planet, zero net carbon emissions from “crop to cup” and healthy forests for migratory songbirds.

We became a B Corp to join with a larger community of businesses aligned to demonstrate that you can be successful while taking the well-being of workers and the environment into account.


The Change We Seek™

Grounds for Change is passionate about operating as a green business and they recently received a Washington award for Outstanding Achievement in Sustainability. They are a member of 1% for the Planet and donate well over 1% of their total sales to various environmental organizations. Their donations have helped to support a local elementary school’s environmental stewardship program, advocate for migratory songbirds impacted by coffee cultivation, restore salmon habitat, and support collectives of women coffee producers and their families in Peru and Mexico.

They recycle all of their burlap coffee bags by donating them to local organic farmers to be used as weed barriers and erosion control. All of the chaff by-product of the roasting process goes to local farmers for use as fertilizer on their organic farms. They offset 100% of their carbon dioxide emissions (CarbonFree® Certified Product) and purchase only Green Power.

They are the first coffee roaster in the country to complete the rigorous third-party certification process necessary to obtain the CarbonFree® Certified Product label. To get a product certified CarbonFree®, a company must submit the item for a detailed Life Cycle Analysis, a third-party process that formally scrutinizes the carbon emissions associated with every step in production. The resulting analysis accounts for all carbon dioxide emissions starting with a coffee plant and ending with an empty bag of coffee.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

September 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: 

Workers: Covers >80% paid health insurance premiums for fulltime employees and families; Offers >30 vacation/personal days

Community: Visits all significant suppliers; Requires specific social/environmental criteria from suppliers; Donates >10% profits to charity

Environment: All coffee is 100% certified fair-trade and organic; Uses 100% renewable energy at corporate facilities; Has composting as well as office-wide recycling program for paper, plastic, cardboard, glass & metal; Purchases carbon credits to offset 100% greenhouse gas emissions

2014 Best for the World Overall Honoree