Coffee By Design
Maine, United States
Coffee By Design, a Maine owned and operated coffee company since 1994, is dedicated to changing the world, one cup of coffee at a time by providing customers with sustainably sourced, traceable coffee. In addition to serving some of the world’s finest coffee, Coffee By Design is committed to running a sustainable business dedicated to the arts, the environment, and the community. Owners Mary Allen Lindemann and Alan Spear and the Company have received numerous awards including Maine SBA Small Business Person of the Year, 2014 and upcoming Maine Manufacturer of the Year, 2016. Coffee By Design has a state of the art specialty coffee roastery and coffeehouse at One Diamond St, in Portland, Maine along with 5 other retail locations. With over 450 select restaurant, cafes and gourmet stores and online retail sales, their coffee is enjoyed nationwide. Coffee By Design (CBD) believes that a great cup of coffee can change the world. Their mission is simple: provide the best quality coffee, educate our community about specialty coffee, and use our power as a small business to support our environment and our community – local and worldwide.
Overall B Impact Score
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.
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.
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.
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.
Previous Overall B Impact Scores
Best for the World
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