Exciting news! Today Allagash is celebrating their newly minted B Corp status, becoming one of only 14 breweries in America to do so. This new certification strengthens their dedication to use beer as a force for good. This is a huge deal for the brewery, an organization already at the forefront of sustainability.
“These accreditations are all about a rigorous commitment to our core values,” says brewery founder Rob Tod. “They’re self-imposed guidelines that will allow us to measure our success in a publicly transparent and accountable way. Our plan is to continue to improve on what’s important to us: the experience of working at Allagash, giving back to the community, and our environmental stewardship.”
What is a B Corp? Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. They even have their own Declaration of Interdependence that goes into further detail:
As B Corporations and leaders of this emerging economy, we believe:
- That we must be the change we seek in the world.
- That all business ought to be conducted as if people and place mattered.
- That, through their products, practices, and profits, businesses should aspire to do no harm and benefit all.
- To do so requires that we act with the understanding that we are each dependent upon another and thus responsible for each other and future generations.
Allagash went on to say, “We’re proud to join the B Corp community. Beyond brewing, this is about being part of a movement that makes our planet a better place to live. Thank you, as always, for your continued support. We can’t wait to share a beer with you in celebration.”
So cheers to Allagash on their quest for sustainability and for setting such a high bar for other breweries. Allagash Brewmaster Jason Perkins put it best. “Becoming better is a matter of many small steps. We currently sidestream 99.8% of our waste, how can we sidestream 100%? We have a solar array, how can we expand it? We use less water than other breweries our size, but how can we reduce it further? We can now design a roadmap for all of these questions – to remain a leader in the beer industry and a better member of our Maine community.”