PORTLAND, Ore. — New Seasons Market announced that it has become the first retail grocer to be certified as a B Corporation. The credential is based on a third-party examination of a company’s business practices.

New Seasons, a 12-store natural and fresh food independent, received the certification following a comprehensive and rigorous assessment of the retailer’s practices, governance, environmental and community impacts, staff benefits and culture.

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“Since day one, New Seasons Market has placed as much value on taking care of employees, our communities and our environment as growing our business,” said Wendy Collie, the chain’s president and CEO, in a statement.

As part of its community commitment, New Seasons Market was recently verified to be a Zero Waste company, diverting 92% of its waste away from area landfills; the retailer also gives 10% of its after-tax profits back to the community.

“For a business with our level of intricacy to achieve this recognition is simply remarkable,” said Collie. “It’s a testament to our staff’s commitment to using the power of business for good.”

 

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