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Build a Better Business – Governance

The first dimension in the B Corp framework is Governance. Most businesses have some sort of governance mechanism and in that sense the underlying concept isn’t new. What is new: with an increased focus on sustainability governance becomes an important mechanism for ensuring that your values and mission are tightly integrated into everything your business does. Governance provides …

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Making an Impact

Now that the business case is clear and you are ready to commit to sustainability, the next question might be how you make a meaningful impact. Thinking about large challenges can feel daunting, but it does not need to be difficult. Plenty of work has already been done and there are many models to learn …

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Sustainable Beer: Conclusion (Post 4 of 4)

Both Hopworks Urban Brewery and The Grain Shed are reacting to a growing demand for conscious brands in the craft beer market, and within the geographical areas they serve. Early research indicates that more sustainable brands are outpacing their conventional counterparts in this competitive space. Hopworks Urban Brewery has more than doubled its growth since …

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Case Study #1: Water Conservation and Hopworks Urban Brewery (Post 2 of 4)

Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB), located in Portland, Oregon, was founded in 2007 with an emphasis on sustainability from the start. Owner and founder, Christian Ettinger, grew his brewery with triple-bottom-line values guiding every decision from the brewery’s conception over the past 12 years.[1] The method in which HUB brews their beer today exemplifies the eco-design …

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Sustainable Beer: Two Examples from the Craft Beer Industry (Post 1 of 4)

The craft beer industry is growing, and beer drinkers in the Pacific Northwest are becoming more and more savvy on how their brew is made. This is good news because the beer industry uses a lot of water. In fact, on average, it takes approximately seven gallons of water to produce just one gallon of beer.[1] …

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