LONDONDERRY, N.H., March 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Stonyfield, the country's leading organic yogurt maker, announces becoming a Certified B Corporation®. The announcement makes Stonyfield the largest national yogurt brand to be certified as a B Corp. Already a pioneer in the organic farming movement, Stonyfield is honored to join a global community of businesses committed to higher standards of social and environmental practices. The overarching B Corp™ certification goal of using business as a force for good aligns with Stonyfield's mission to be a company focused on creating and supporting Healthy Food, Healthy People, and a Healthy Planet.
In awarding the certification, B Lab – the verifying body behind B Corp, conducted a rigorous evaluation of Stonyfield and its products to ensure they met or exceeded their comprehensive standards. Unlike traditional corporations, Certified B Corporations are legally required to consider the impact of its decisions on employees, suppliers, consumers, the community and environment.
Exemplifying Stonyfield's investment in this work, Nichole Cirillo joins the company in the newly created position of Mission Director. Cirillo joins Stonyfield following an extensive career in the CSR arena, most recently as the International Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Earthwatch Institute. Cirillo brings expertise in developing and growing social programs that leverage resources and deepen impact.
"Stonyfield's mission has always been to change the world," said Nichole Cirillo. "It's an inspiring time to join Stonyfield as the company's work has drastically grown beyond its humble beginnings as a small farm school. With that said, the core mission has never changed. Becoming a B Corp marks the next stage in our commitment to our customers and the planet. It's a responsibility we're happy to shoulder as we work towards a collective good with the support of fellow B Corps, our employees and partners, and Stonyfield's fans."
As the leading organic yogurt maker, Stonyfield takes care with everything it puts into its yogurts and everything it keeps out. By saying no to toxic persistent pesticides, artificial hormones, antibiotics and GMOs, Stonyfield has been saying yes to delicious, healthy food for more than 30 years. With their direct milk supply program, Stonyfield helps to grow the number of organic dairy farms in New England – and through their support of the Wolfe's Neck Dairy Farmer training program, Stonyfield works to train the next generation of organic farmers.
To learn more about all Stonyfield products and more, visit www.Stonyfield.com.
About B Corporations
Certified B Corporations are leaders of a global movement of people using business as a force for good. They meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability and aspire to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. There are more than 2,000 Certified B Corporations in over 130 industries and 50 countries with 1 unifying goal –to redefine success in business.
About B Lab
B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. Its vision is that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the Best for the World® and as a result society will enjoy a more shared and durable prosperity. B Lab drives this systemic change by: 1. Building a global community of Certified B Corporations who meet the highest standards of verified, overall social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability; 2. Promoting Mission Alignment using innovative corporate structures like the benefit corporation to align the interests of business with those of society and to help high impact businesses be built to last; 3. Helping tens of thousands of businesses, investors, and institutions Measure What Matters, by using the B Impact Assessment and B Analytics to manage their impact -- and the impact of the businesses with whom they work -- with as much rigor as their profits; 4. Inspiring millions to join the movement through compelling story-telling by B the Change Media.
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