Dr. Bronner's

Organic & Fair Trade Body Care and Food

Vista, California

United States

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About Dr. Bronner's

Family-owned and run, Dr. Bronner’s honors the vision of its founder Dr. E.H. Bronner by making socially and environmentally responsible products of the highest quality, while dedicating its profits to help make a better world. Now the top-selling brand of organic & fair trade bodycare in the U.S., Dr. Bronner’s was founded in 1948 by Emanuel Bronner, a third-generation master soapmaker from a German-Jewish soapmaking family. He used the labels on his superb ecological soaps to spread his message that we must realize our transcendent unity across religious & ethnic divides or perish: “We are All-One or None!”

Today, Dr. Bronner’s continues its commitment to building an engine for promoting and advancing positive social change – from pioneering USDA certified organic personal care products, to creating fair trade projects across the world that ensure fair and just treatment of farmers and workers, to sustaining a socially responsible workplace at its manufacturing plant in San Diego County. All-One!

Dr. Bronner’s chose to become a Certified B Corp because we believe in the rigor and integrity of the B Impact Assessment model. This model provides a great third-party measurement tool to meet our performance assessment and transparency requirements as a benefit corporation and gives us the ability to benchmark our performance against an objective standard and track our improvements over time.

The Change We Seek®

At Dr. Bronner’s, we believe that Corporate Social Responsibility is more than just a buzzword. From the products we make, throughout our supply chain and manufacturing facilities, to our dedicated activism and charitable giving, to our relationships with employees, we are committed to progressive values in every aspect of our business.

We sometimes refer to ourselves as “the fighting soap company” – because we fight for and financially support causes that we believe in. We see our company as a social engine, a vehicle for advancing and promoting positive change in the world. Some of the major causes we have focused on include:

  • Organic Integrity. Real organic personal care does not utilize synthetic preservatives that can irritate skin. Dr. Bronner’s is fighting for a marketplace where organic consumers are not misled into purchasing bogus “synthetic-schlock” products masquerading as real certified organic personal care. Read more >
  • Fair Trade. In 2006, Dr. Bronner’s committed to sourcing all our major raw materials – over 95% of annual agricultural volume – from certified fair trade projects around the world that ensure fair prices, living wages and community benefits for farmers, workers and their families. Read more >
  • GMO Labeling. Dr. Bronner’s has supported a variety of efforts to promote the labeling of genetically modified (or engineered) foods. Rather than help farmers transition to more sustainable, less chemical-intensive agriculture, genetic engineering has resulted in huge increases in pesticide use. Read more >
  • Animal Advocacy. Dr. Bronner’s is proud to support leading animal advocacy organizations that are working to reduce the suffering of farm animals and to advocate for a transition to healthier and more sustainable food systems. Read more >
  • Industrial Hemp. Hemp’s excellent fiber can replace virgin timber pulp in paper, glass fibers in construction and automotive composites, and pesticide-intensive cotton in textiles. However, the U.S. government effectively prohibits domestic hemp cultivation – Dr. Bronner’s is working to bring hemp cultivation back to the U.S. Read more >

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

September 2015
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Environment

Environment

The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.

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7
Workers

Workers

The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.

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18
Customers

Customers

The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).

N/A
N/A
Community

Community

The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.

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Governance

Governance

The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

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Overall B Score
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55

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Company Highlights: 

Governance: Registered Benefit Corporation; Family-owned and run

Community: Donates >2% of sales to charity each year; >75% of input materials are Fair Trade Certified; Supports development of new fair trade suppliers to build global supply; Advocates for positive institutional, industry, and regulatory reforms on a state, national, and international level

Workers: Workers paid >25% above living wage; Covers 100% of employee PPO health insurance premiums and provides dental insurance, short and long-term disability, domestic partner, civil union, and/or same-sex marriage spousal benefits, and life insurance; Total compensation of highest-paid employees and executives capped at five times that of the lowest-paid position

Environment: >99% of products are made with certified organic ingredients; Pioneered 100% post-consumer recycled plastic packaging in bodycare; Developed soap line system to reduce rinse water use by 85%; >75% of waste is recycled, reused, or composted; Reports on water, waste, energy usage, and emissions to the public

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