Lotus Foods

Certified B Corporation
Headquarters

California, United States

Certified Since

February 2012

Sector

Wholesale/Retail

Operates In

United States

Since 1995, Lotus Foods has been partnering in fair trade with small family farmers around the world who are growing rice sustainably and preserving rice biodiversity. The company’s intent and vision is not only to help rice farmers earn a living wage but to bring healthier rice choices to consumers. A small company with a big mission, Lotus Foods has emerged as a leader in the specialty rice category, and made a big difference in the quality of life of its family farm suppliers. Lotus Foods organic, heirloom and more sustainably grown rices are distinguished by their terroir and treasured for their distinctive cooking qualities, taste, texture, aroma, color and nutritional value. Lotus Foods provides consumers with new choices by offering a rare collection of rice that is the high value alternative to commodity and other standard rice currently available from domestic growers and other importers.

Overall B Impact Score

Based on the B Impact assessment, Lotus Foods earned an overall score of 110.6. The median score for ordinary businesses who complete the assessment is currently 50.9.
110.6
110.6 Overall B Impact Score
80 Qualifies for B Corp Certification
50.9 Median Score for Ordinary Businesses

Governance 15.7

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 & Engagement1.2
Ethics & Transparency4.5
+ 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 21.9

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.

Financial Security9.7
Health, Wellness, & Safety5.3
Career Development2.9
Engagement & Satisfaction3.0

Community 41.0

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.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion4.3
Economic Impact5.1
Civic Engagement & Giving2.9
Supply Chain Management5.2
+ Supply Chain Poverty Alleviation20.2

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 28.9

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.

Environmental Management3.7
Air & Climate3.1
Water2.3
Land & Life5.9
+ Toxin Reduction / Remediation13.3

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 3.0

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.

Customer Stewardship3.0


Previous Overall B Impact Scores

2020 Overall B Impact Score110.6
2016 Overall B Impact Score99
2014 Overall B Impact Score95.8
2012 Overall B Impact Score93

Additional Documentation

Transparent Disclosure Report – 2020


Best for the World

Each year, B Lab releases lists honoring the top-performing Certified B Corporations overall as well as within each Impact Area.

Best For The World: Changemakers2019
Best For The World: Changemakers2018
Best For The World: Changemakers2017

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