Guayaki Sustainable Rainforest Products

Yerba Mate Beverages and Herbals

Sebastopol, California

United States

About Guayakí

Guayakí imports organic yerba mate from South America to create a range of ready-to-drink beverages, Loose Leaf Yerba Mate, and Yerba Mate Bags. By harvesting yerba mate that has been cultivated under native South America Atlantic rainforest trees, Guayakí provides indigenous communities and small-hold producers with a renewable income stream as well as the ability to steward and restore their land. Our partner communities and restoration projects are primarily based in the yerba mate growing regions of Argentina, Paraguay and Southern Brazil. Guayakí’s 2020 mission is to steward and restore 200,000 acres of rainforest and create 1,000 living wage jobs.

Guayakí is certified Fair for Life, a Fair Trade certification rooted in fair sourcing practices and responsibilities along the supply chain, from the Guayaki headquarters to the producers and processors in South America.  Paying prices that exceed the market rate, and ensuring a Fair Trade premium with each purchase of Organic Yerba Mate, further propels the regeneration efforts of Guayakí within the yerba mate producer communities.

Companies striving to become sustainable face myriad issues and require many resources to navigate legal, ethical, and financial minefields. We believe that B Corporations can provide a fertile ground for creative solutions and can inspire profound systemic change.

The Change We Seek™

Our aim is to create a regenerative economy that drives reforestation, community revitalization, and conscious business. Guayakí works directly with small-hold yerba mate producers to deliver unique and beneficial products.

Guayaki’s vision holds that yerba mate culture will power our Market Driven Regeneration business model to regenerate ecosystems and create vibrant communities.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

March 2011

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: 

Environment: Practices sustainable harvesting to maintain biodiversity and restore rainforests; >60% of company transportation fleet uses alternative fuels; >70% of office and warehouse electricity from renewable sources

Employees: Pays 100% of health insurance for full-time employees, >75% employees share ownership of the company

Community: >35% job growth; Employees given paid time off to vote; Infant at Work program

Consumers: Mate is 100% organic and Fair Trade certified



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