Grand Central Bakery

Certified B Corporation

Oregon, United States

Certified Since

July 2018


Food products



Operates In

United States

Grand Central Bakery the Seattle with its first rustic loaves in 1989, then expanding to Portland in 1993, Grand Central has embraced its role as a force for good, working with mission-aligned vendors who are equally committed to sustainable values. At all levels of the business, employees strive to do better as stewards of the environment, community members and participants in the regional economy. Grand Central Bakery is the first Certified B Corp bakery in the Pacific Northwest. With retail locations and wholesale operations in Portland and Seattle, this locally owned and operated bakery specializes in traditional hearth breads and handmade pastries as well as seasonal café fare built around the best local and sustainable ingredients. At the core, the bakery is dedicated to serving delicious food made from authentic, responsibly sourced ingredients to its customers around the region. Grand Central Bakery provides hundreds of stable, well-paying jobs with benefits; leverages purchases of local and sustainable ingredients into stability for independent farmers and food producers in the region; and supports nonprofits and community groups especially in the areas of land stewardship, immigrant rights and workplace equality.

Overall B Impact Score

Based on the B Impact assessment, Grand Central Bakery earned an overall score of 91.5. The median score for ordinary businesses who complete the assessment is currently 50.9.
91.5 Overall B Impact Score
80 Qualifies for B Corp Certification
50.9 Median Score for Ordinary Businesses

Governance 14.1

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 & Engagement1.2
Corporate Accountability1.2
+ 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 21.1

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.

Compensation & Wages8.1
Training & Education0.7
Worker Ownership1.7
Management & Worker Communication1.7
Job Flexibility/Corporate Culture1.9
Occupational Health & Safety0.9

Community 37.8

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.

Job Creation0.7
Diversity & Inclusion4.2
Civic Engagement & Giving6.2
Local Involvement5.8
Suppliers, Distributors & Product3.6
+ Local Economic Development16
+ Supply Chain Poverty Alleviation0.8

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 18.4

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.

Land, Office, Plant3.6
Transportation, Distribution & Suppliers6.1
+ Environment Products & Services Introduction0
+ Toxin Reduction / Remediation3.4

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

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.

Previous Overall B Impact Scores

2018 Overall B Impact Score91.5

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