Many consumers care about where their food and drink come from, with a growing number favouring brands prioritising the planet and people over profit.

Let’s look at what it means to be a B Corporation Company, how difficult it is to become one and which brands have successfully achieved B Corp status.

What does B Corp Certification mean?

B Corp certification is a recognition given to for-profit companies that meet specific social and environmental standards—proving that growing a business whilst being socially responsible is possible.

To become certified B Corp, a company must undergo a rigorous assessment process and score highly across several categories. Businesses get inspected by a nonprofit organisation called B Lab, which examines how a company impacts its workers, customers, suppliers, and the environment. Companies must recertify every three years to maintain their certification.

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We’re proud to work with a few B Corp Certified drinks brands, including global brands like Baileys and Maker’s Mark, and smaller, independent brands such as Warner’s, LA Brewery, Karma Drinks and Sipsmith. It’s super positive that so many drinks brands are moving towards B Corp Certification, verifying that heavyweight brands can have an enormously positive impact if they change their business models.

Sometimes there can be a temptation to approach sustainability news cynically – which could be a healthy response to greenwashing marketing tactics. However, of all the certifications, B Corp is known to be one of the hardest to achieve. It shows that companies who embark on the rigorous journey to certification, want to offer transparency and show consumers they genuinely care about their social and environmental responsibilities. As more companies seek B Corp status, we can hope for a more sustainable and equitable future for all.

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R&A Bailey & Co

Part of Diageo. B Corp certification is the latest milestone for Baileys and supports Diageo’s broader 10-year sustainability action plan.

Certified since: October 2022

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L.A Brewery

LA Brewery is on a mission to create delicious, craft, nonalcoholic drinks that are good for you and the planet.

Certified since: July 2022

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Sipsmith has a no-half-measures approach and a desire to leave a legacy that propels them forward to craft a better future for people and the planet.

Certified since: 2021

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Maker’s Mark

The largest distillery in the world and the first in Kentucky’s famed Bourbon Country to become B Corp accredited.

Certified since: December 2021

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Warner’s Distillery

Recognises the collective effort of businesses having the power to make positive changes in the world.

Certified since: August 2022

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Karma Drinks

A small company on a big mission to make the most ethical soft drinks in the world.

Certified since: October 2022

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