Abel & Cole

Certified B Corporation

London Borough of Merton, United Kingdom

Certified Since

August 2018


Food products



Operates In

United Kingdom

Abel & Cole have trailblazed sustainable shopping since 1988. When it comes to food, they always go the extra mile. Because creating exceptional food that's good for people and the planet isn't easy, but it's worth doing. This commitment to doing things right is fundamental to Abel & Cole. It’s an all-encompassing ethos and way of working that resonates with every employee, supplier and partner. It’s reflected in the way that Abel & Cole challenge themselves to find the latest and best organic and sustainable food innovations for their shoppers to enjoy. And how they constantly innovate to reduce their environmental impact – whether that’s by planning the most efficient deliveries to minimise carbon emissions, or replacing polystyrene with reusable Woolcool insulation in their returnable cardboard boxes. It’s shown in the way that Abel & Cole work with their suppliers, often helping farmers on their journey to organic certification. It’s demonstrated by the charitable initiatives started by Abel & Cole employees – from community work to fruit & veg donations that fight food poverty. For a network of people who are passionate and proud to do things the right way, becoming a B Corp member is the perfect fit.

Overall B Impact Score

Based on the B Impact assessment, Abel & Cole earned an overall score of 103.5. The median score for ordinary businesses who complete the assessment is currently 50.9.
103.5 Overall B Impact Score
80 Qualifies for B Corp Certification
50.9 Median Score for Ordinary Businesses

Governance 14.6

Governance evaluates a company's overall mission, engagement around its social/environmental impact, ethics, and transparency. This section also evaluates the ability of a company to protect their mission and formally consider stakeholders in decision making through their corporate structure (e.g. benefit corporation) or corporate governing documents.

Mission & Engagement2.2
Ethics & Transparency4.9
+ Mission Locked7.5

What is this? A company with an Impact Business Model is intentionally designed to create a specific positive outcome for one of its stakeholders - such as workers, community, environment, or customers.

Workers 27.4

Workers evaluates a company’s contributions to its employees’ financial security, health & safety, wellness, career development, and engagement & satisfaction. In addition, this section recognizes business models designed to benefit workers, such as companies that are at least 40% owned by non-executive employees and those that have workforce development programs to support individuals with barriers to employment.

Financial Security9.1
Health, Wellness, & Safety8.5
Career Development2.6
Engagement & Satisfaction5.7

Community 20.7

Community evaluates a company’s engagement with and impact on the communities in which it operates, hires from, and sources from. Topics include diversity, equity & inclusion, economic impact, civic engagement, charitable giving, and supply chain management. In addition, this section recognizes business models that are designed to address specific community-oriented problems, such as poverty alleviation through fair trade sourcing or distribution via microenterprises, producer cooperative models, locally focused economic development, and formal charitable giving commitments.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion5.2
Economic Impact3.7
Civic Engagement & Giving3.7
Supply Chain Management7.3

Environment 36.1

Environment evaluates a company’s overall environmental management practices as well as its impact on the air, climate, water, land, and biodiversity. This includes the direct impact of a company’s operations and, when applicable its supply chain and distribution channels. This section also recognizes companies with environmentally innovative production processes and those that sell products or services that have a positive environmental impact. Some examples might include products and services that create renewable energy, reduce consumption or waste, conserve land or wildlife, provide less toxic alternatives to the market, or educate people about environmental problems.

Environmental Management6.3
Air & Climate7.8
Land & Life8.4
+ Toxin Reduction / Remediation12.9

What is this? A company with an Impact Business Model is intentionally designed to create a specific positive outcome for one of its stakeholders - such as workers, community, environment, or customers.

Customers 4.4

Customers evaluates a company’s stewardship of its customers through the quality of its products and services, ethical marketing, data privacy and security, and feedback channels. In addition, this section recognizes products or services that are designed to address a particular social problem for or through its customers, such as health or educational products, arts & media products, serving underserved customers/clients, and services that improve the social impact of other businesses or organizations.

Customer Stewardship4.4

Previous Overall B Impact Scores

2021 Overall B Impact Score103.5
2018 Overall B Impact Score88.4

Additional Documentation

Abel & Cole Transparent Assessment 2018

Abel & Cole Disclosure Report 2021

Abel & Cole Transparent Assessment 2021

Abel & Cole Sustainability Report 2022

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