Crosby Hop Farm noted as 'Changemaker'
In May of 2016 Crosby Hop Farm of Woodburn earned Certified B Corporation status from B Lab, a global nonprofit that "celebrates the companies who are leading the way in building a sustainable and inclusive economy that works for everyone."
This year Crosby had an encore.
B Lab recently recognized the farm as a "2019 Best For The World: Changemaker," underscoring significant improvements to its impact on workers, communities, the environment and governance. The Changemaker designation cites B Corps that continue to improve their positive impacts.
Improvements since 2016 specific to Crosby Hop Farm include:
? scaled the 100% renewably powered commitment by doubling the on-farm solar array and increasing offsets through PGE's Clean WindSM and Green SourceSM programs;
? added land/wildlife conservation efforts through continued expansion of biodiversity restoration sites and pollinator gardens at the farm;
? Zero Waste Program expansion with an increasingly upstream focus;
? expanded Quality Program utilizing innovative technologies in the lab and pellet plant to greatly reduce chemical, water, and energy use, creating more technical jobs in the process;
? added employee benefits including family-friendly schedules, increased parental leave, and recognizing International Women's Day as a new company holiday honoring Jennifer Crosby's legacy;
? increased opportunities for employee advancement and development, including computer literacy skills and English and Spanish language classes;
? community involvement in Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana, St. Paul Rodeo Western Art Show and the Adopt-a-Farmer program.
"We are honored to be recognized as a Changemaker," said Crosby Hop Farm CEO Blake Crosby. "Guided by the fact that we don't inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from future generations, it is our goal to make a positive and lasting impact while treading lightly on the land."
Changemakers are essentially certified B Corps that continue to enhance their impact. The website listing the worldwide companies that achieved Changemaker status this year noted:
"The 2019 Best For The World: Changemakers don't rest on their laurels. After achieving B Corp status, they used the B Impact Assessment as a springboard to seek out more ways to improve their impact on the world. Their improvement scores rank in the top 20% of global B Corps and inspire us all to keep raising the bar."
Crosby Hop Farm is among 12 other Oregon businesses recognized this year. The others on the list are: B-Line Urban Delivery, Portland; Boly:Welch, Portland; Elephants Delicatessen, Portland; Equilibrium, Portland; GloryBee, Eugene; Immix Law Group, Portland; PixelSpoke, Portland; Prichard Communications, Inc., Portland; Sokol Blosser Winery, Dayton; ThinkShout, Inc., Portland; Winderlea Vineyard and Winery, Dundee; Yogi Tea U.S., Eugene.
"We're incredibly proud of this year's Best For The World honorees," said B Lab's Chief Marketing Officer Anthea Kelsick,. "These inspiring companies represent the kinds of business models and impact-driven business strategies that are building a new economy—one that is inclusive, regenerative, and delivers value to all stakeholders, not just shareholders.
"To that end, B Corps like Crosby Hop Farm are redefining capitalism and showing that it actually can work for everyone," Kelsick added.
Crosby Hop Farm subsequently received Strategic Economic Development Corporation's (SEDCOR) Agri-business of the Year Award, which was announced Friday, Sept. 6, during the Mid-Willamette Valley nonprofit's Annual Awards Celebration at the Salem Convention Center
SEDCOR presented awards in five categories:
-- The Community Service Award, honoring an organization that contributes to benefit the community, was awarded to Indy Commons.
-- Salem Electric took home the Business Partner of the Year Award, given to an organization that has exemplified the best qualities of corporate citizenship by contributing significantly to the community and to the successful operation of SEDCOR programs.
-- The Agri-Business of the Year Award, presented this year to Crosby Hop Farm, is presented to a business who has demonstrated excellence in agri-business and who supports and maintains the significant role and future of agriculture in our economy.
-- Liv Bar received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award, reserved for honoring an entrepreneur whose innovative new product will have a positive impact on the community.
-- The Manufacturer of the Year award, which recognizes an outstanding manufacturer that is making world-class products, creating job opportunities and strengthening communities, was presented to A.R.E. Manufacturing.
"This year's honorees provide an accurate reflection of the work SEDCOR is engaged in around the region – agriculture, high-precision machining, food processing, entrepreneurial development," SEDCOR President Erik Andersson said.
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