Left Coast Naturals

Manufacture and Distributor

Burnaby, British Columbia

Canada

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About Left Coast Naturals

Left Coast Naturals is an organic and natural food manufacturer and distributor based in Burnaby, British Columbia. Founded in 1996 by two friends as a natural nut butter company called Skeet & Ike’s, they now manufacture three brands of products under Skeet & Ike’s, Hippie Foods, and Left Coast Bulk Foods. The products manufactured include organic roasted nuts, seeds, trail mixes, granola, popcorn, tortilla chips and pre-packed bulk foods. They are one of Canada’s leading organic food distributors managing 30 brands as well as Western Canada’s largest organic bulk food distributor. Left Coast Naturals operates with a triple bottom line philosophy (people, planet and profit) and sees business as having a duty to be a positive impact on society.

B Corp is the best example of a certification that encapsulates the way business should be run. We became a B Corp, because we wanted to be an example and influence other businesses to go in this direction.

The Change We Seek®

Left Coast Naturals vision and mission statement best illustrates the change we seek:

Vision:

• Good people providing good food.
• An inspiration to society and a force for positive change.

Mission:

To transform the way people think about food, business, and the planet through:

• Our passion for real food and commitment to innovation.
• Partnering with our customers & stakeholders, placing relationships and integrity above all.
• Making sustainability the core factor in all decisions and embracing our duty to restore the environment.

We believe if you do the right thing then success will follow. Success for Left Coast Naturals is defined as the relationships we have with our stakeholders (employees, suppliers, customers and industry), the integration of the environment in our decisions, and giving back to our community.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

January 2012
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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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
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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: 

Governance: Financials verified yearly through an audit; >20% of management from underrepresented populations; Transparent communication of company ownership

Workers: All workers paid at least 50% above living wage; 95% of workers participated in company bonus plan; >80% of health insurance premiums for workers and their family covered by company

Community: 70% of significant suppliers have third-party social or environmental certification; Preference given to local and sustainable suppliers; >5% of profits given to charity

Environment: All energy used from renewable sources; Some facilities LEED certified; Monitor energy use and target specific reductions