Craft Brewery New Belgium Tops ‘Best For The World’ Sustainability Rankings

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Award recognizes top certified B Corporations.

B the Change Media has named craft beer maker, New Belgium Brewing, best in overall performance among all “Best for the World” certified B Corporations. “Best for the World” recognizes the top 10% of B Corp companies that fit rigorous standards on the B Impact Assessment of social and environmental practices, accountability, and transparency.

“This award is a great honor and helps top off an incredible year,” said New Belgium Brewing’s Director of Sustainability and Strategy, Jenn Vervier. “In 2016 New Belgium has opened a new brewery in Asheville, expanded along the east coast, and we’re celebrating 25 years as a brewery. Since day one our values have remained the same: to brew world-class beers, to be responsible stewards of the environment, and to create a work culture that is meaningful and fun. It is very gratifying to be recognized for these values we have long upheld.”

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Solar panels atop New Belgium’s Asheville brewery.

Some of the reasons New Belgium was named one of the world’s most socially and environmentally impactful businesses include:

  • New Belgium is 100% employee owned;
  • The brewery recycles, reuses, or composts 99.9% of solid waste used in manufacturing;
  • For every barrel of beer produced, New Belgium donates $1 to non-profits;
  • The brewery practices open book management.

Regarding this year’s winning companies, Bryan Welch, CEO of Be the Change Media says: “Their stories are remarkable, and their success is, too, which is perhaps the most important message: sustainability doesn’t come at the expense of profitability. The two can and do march in lockstep.”

The ‘Best for the World’ honorees include 515 companies, from 44 different industries in 20 countries. To read B Magazine’s story on New Belgium’s award check out “Beyond Sustainable Beer: New Belgium’s Fun and Transparent Workplace Culture”.

About New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews thirteen year-round beers; Citradelic Tangerine IPA, Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Slow Ride Session IPA, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Blue Paddle Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel and a gluten-reduced line, Glütiny Pale Ale and Glütiny Golden Ale.

About B the Change Media
B the Change Media, a partnership between B Lab and CEO Bryan Welch, former head of Ogden Publications, began publishing in 2016 in order to inspire and empower others to use business as a force for good. Building on the belief that storytelling is an essential element in this effort to transform society, the organization’s flagship publication, B Magazine, reports on the creative corporate visionaries, pioneering companies, groundbreaking products, and cutting-edge ideas that are reinventing the world through positive business-led social and environmental change. B the Change cultivates these and other vital conversations via print, digital, video, and live event platforms. The company is headquartered in Lawrence, Kansas with offices in New York City.

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