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October 14, 2016

Coffee By Design earns Certified B sustainability recognition

Coffee By Design has joined the ranks of more than 1,600 worldwide companies as a Certified B Corporation, a recognition for its commitment to social and sustainability standards.

The Portland-based independent specialty coffee roaster is one of only 10 other Maine businesses that have been earned the globally recognized designation. Other local companies include fellow coffee roaster Wicked Joe, Portland-based temporary staffing firm MaineWorks LLC and Brunswick-based athletic apparel manufacturer Atayne.

To become a Certified B Corporation, Coffee By Design was audited by B Lab, a nonprofit dedicated to the process of B Corp certification. The application process involved a review of Coffee By Design’s best practices, including the company’s coffee buying relationships, hiring, employee training, retail stores, roastery, shipping, packaging and community support.

Unlike traditional corporations, Certified B Corporations are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on all their stakeholders, including workers, suppliers, community, consumers and the environment.

“Before we opened Coffee By Design I used my degree in landscape architecture to work on projects focused on wetland creation, planned community development, reforestation and stream restoration,” Alan Spear, co-owner and co-founder of Coffee By Design, said in a statement. “Those core interests have been used here at Coffee By Design as well, in particular with regard to our impact on the environment. Becoming a Certified B Corporation is in line with our company ethics.”

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