Gardener's Supply Company

Certified B Corporation

Vermont, United States

Certified Since

January 2014


Other manufacturing



Operates In

United States

Gardener’s Supply is 100% employee-owned and was founded in 1983 by a handful of enthusiastic Vermont gardeners. Today, the company serves millions of gardeners nationwide and is known for its’ award-winning gardening products. Though the company has grown, it remains passionately committed to help people experience the joys of gardening in harmony with nature. When visiting Gardener’s at its corporate headquarters and retail store in Burlington’s Intervale, it’s hard to believe that what is now beautiful gardens, farms and trails was formerly a landfill. In 1986, Gardener’s Supply spearheaded an Intervale clean-up effort to restore the Intervale – 700 acres of bottomland within the city limits of Burlington, Vermont – to its agricultural roots and feed Burlington. Gardener's Supply actively promotes gardening as an important way for people to make the world a better place. The company donates 8% of profits to support programs and organizations that are using gardening to improve the quality of people's lives and the health of our environment. The company provides garden grants across the U.S. and in Vermont that focus on gardening and hunger-relief supporting many community gardens, urban farms and workplace gardens.

Overall B Impact Score

Based on the B Impact assessment, Gardener's Supply Company earned an overall score of 96.1. The median score for ordinary businesses who complete the assessment is currently 50.9.
96.1 Overall B Impact Score
80 Qualifies for B Corp Certification
50.9 Median Score for Ordinary Businesses

Governance 16.7

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 & Engagement2.7
Ethics & Transparency3.9
+ 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 53.5

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 Security7.7
Health, Wellness, & Safety7.2
Career Development3.4
Engagement & Satisfaction4.8
+ Worker Owned30

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.

Community 14.7

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, & Inclusion4.6
Economic Impact2.0
Civic Engagement & Giving4.9
Supply Chain Management1.3

Environment 8.9

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 Management2.6
Air & Climate1.3
Land & Life3.4

Customers 2.2

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 Stewardship2.2

Previous Overall B Impact Scores

2023 Overall B Impact Score96.1
2018 Overall B Impact Score91.1
2016 Overall B Impact Score88.2
2014 Overall B Impact Score94.9

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