Equator Coffees, LLC

Certified B Corporation
Headquarters

California, United States

Certified Since

December 2011

Sector

Manufacturing

Operates In

United States

Equator Coffees is a women-owned, green-certified coffee roaster based in Marin, CA. Founded in 1995 by Brooke McDonnell and Helen Russell, Equator's commitment to a sustainable, transparent approach spans more than two decades. Equator’s unwavering pursuit of quality leads to socially and environmentally responsible business decisions that ensure a steady supply of quality coffee into the future. Equator was one of the first truly boutique wholesale coffee roasters in the San Francisco Bay Area. Over the past 24 years, Equator's careful attention to quality, deep and mutually beneficial relationships with their global farm partners, and unparalleled dedication to high-touch customer service. Equator was the first roaster in the Bay Area to sign onto the Fair Trade Certified program. Additionally, Equator in collaboration with Boot Coffee owns and operates a coffee farm, Finca Sophia, in Panama. Today, Equator operates several cafes in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2016, the U.S. Small Business Administration honored Equator by naming them the "National Small Business of the Year," the first certified LGBTQ owned business to receive this honor.

Overall B Impact Score

Based on the B Impact assessment, Equator Coffees, LLC earned an overall score of 92.6. The median score for ordinary businesses who complete the assessment is currently 50.9.
92.6
92.6 Overall B Impact Score
80 Qualifies for B Corp Certification
50.9 Median Score for Ordinary Businesses

Governance 16.5

The Governance Impact Area evaluates a company's overall mission, engagement around its social and 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 & Engagement1.6
Corporate Accountability0.8
Ethics1.1
Transparency2.9
+ Mission Locked10

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 19.9

The Workers Impact Area evaluates a company's contributions to its employees' financial security, health and safety, wellness, career development, as well as overall engagement and 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.

Compensation & Wages3.6
Benefits7.6
Training & Education1.1
Worker Ownership2.2
Management & Worker Communication2.0
Job Flexibility/Corporate Culture2.2
Occupational Health & Safety1.2

Community 38.5

The Community Impact Area evaluates a company's engagement with and impact on the communities in which it operates, hires from, and sources from. Topics include diversity, equity, and 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.

Job Creation3.0
Diversity & Inclusion5.2
Civic Engagement & Giving6.5
Local Involvement8.0
Suppliers, Distributors & Product6.1
+ Supply Chain Poverty Alleviation9.6

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.


Environment 17.7

The Environment Impact Area 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.

Land, Office, Plant4.1
Inputs5.7
Outputs4.0
Transportation, Distribution & Suppliers1.5
+ Environment Products & Services Introduction0
+ Toxin Reduction / Remediation2.5

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.


Customers 0.0

The Customers Impact Area 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 and media products, serving underserved customers or clients, and services that improve the social impact of other businesses or organizations.



Previous Overall B Impact Scores

2017 Overall B Impact Score92.6
2015 Overall B Impact Score83.5
2013 Overall B Impact Score86
2013 Overall B Impact Score82.8

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