Zero Carbon Farms Ltd T/A Growing Underground

Certified B Corporation
Headquarters

London, United Kingdom

Certified Since

March 2021

Industry

Growing non-perennial crops

Sector

Manufacturing

Operates In

United Kingdom

A cutting edge AgTech company that builds and operates Controlled Environment Farms, providing a future-proof and sustainable solution for growing. Their farms offer an innovative, technologically-driven approach to growing which don’t require any pesticide or other nasty chemicals. Using their proprietary data to control the growing environment, ensuring that every day is the perfect summer’s day. As a result, their farms are significantly more productive per square metre than traditional farming, which enables more growth in less space, less time, and uses up to 90% less water. Operating within dense urban areas brings down the food miles and in turn reduces both food waste and carbon footprint. In fact, all of their farms operate on 100% renewable energy and are certified net carbon-negative so it does not have a harmful impact on the environment. Clapham, London, is their first working farm in a disused air-raid shelter some 33 metres underground. They have been supplying retail and restaurants for the past five years. Their expanded capacity to reach this milestone required necessary technical, biosecurity and HR improvements to become BRC, Red Tractor and Field to Fork certified. Zero Carbon Farms stock many of the UK’s major retailers.

Overall B Impact Score

Based on the B Impact assessment, Zero Carbon Farms Ltd T/A Growing Underground earned an overall score of 90.7. The median score for ordinary businesses who complete the assessment is currently 50.9.
90.7
90.7 Overall B Impact Score
80 Qualifies for B Corp Certification
50.9 Median Score for Ordinary Businesses

Governance 8.3

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 & Engagement1.7
Ethics & Transparency4.0
+ Mission Locked2.5

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 19.6

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 Security5.4
Health, Wellness, & Safety4.4
Career Development3.6
Engagement & Satisfaction5.4

Community 18.4

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, & Inclusion4.6
Economic Impact5.6
Civic Engagement & Giving1.1
Supply Chain Management4.0

Environment 41.0

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 Management5.0
Air & Climate8.9
Water2.4
Land & Life6.9
+ Resource Conservation15.8
+ Environmental Education & Information1.1

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 3.2

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 Stewardship3.2


Previous Overall B Impact Scores

2021 Overall B Impact Score90.7

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