MVP Dairy receives B Corp certification

By Jim Cornall contact

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MVP Dairy completed the certification earlier this year. Pic: MVP Dairy
MVP Dairy completed the certification earlier this year. Pic: MVP Dairy

Related tags: Sustainability, B Corp, b corporation, Danone North America

Ohio-based MVP Dairy LLC has earned B Corp TM Certification from the nonprofit B Lab, becoming one of the few dairy farms in the world to achieve this certification.

As a B Corp, MVP Dairy publicly commits to upholding a purpose-driven business and supporting a global economy that benefits all.

Certified B Corps are businesses that have opted to become part of a culture shift toward the concept of using business as a force for good, redefining "success" by using profits and growth as a means to help build a more inclusive, sustainable world.

The certification assessment reviews every aspect of a business, including its supply chain, to verify its social and environmental business practices and its impact on its workforce and community.

"As 4th generation farmers, we know the care we provide to our cows, land, and team members today can help create a more sustainable world tomorrow,"​ Ken McCarty, co-owner of MVP Dairy, said.

"Using our farms to help strengthen our communities has never been more important and we are incredibly proud to join a movement that holds businesses to a higher standard of accountability.”

To obtain the B Corp Certification, companies must complete a B Impact Assessment that measures a company’s performance in governance, workers, customers, community, and the environment. They must earn an audited minimum score of at least 80 out of 200 possible points and recertify—with the aim to continuously improve—every three years.

"We are a mission-driven family farm that constantly strives to improve our farming practices and how we do business,"​ McCarty said.

"This designation demonstrates our ongoing commitment to put innovation and progress over profit while helping us identify ways we can achieve more for our people and planet.”

Although MVP Dairy is one of the few dairy farms in the world to earn this achievement, they are joining other dairy-related companies including Ben and Jerrys, Jeni's Ice Cream, Cabot Cheese and their long-time partner and world's largest B Corp, Danone North America.

“It is more critical than ever that companies demonstrate their purpose in society, and joining Danone North America in the B Corp movement is a major achievement for MVP Dairy,”​ said Emmanuel Faber, chairman and CEO of Danone.

“We believe that success in business can be redefined by building a more resilient economy that serves all stakeholders. As we continue our B Corp journey globally, as well as adopt the French “Enterprise à Mission” model, we’re focused on close collaboration with our partners to drive real, systemic change and create impact at scale.”

MVP Dairy completed the certification earlier this year and joins more than 3,300 for-profit companies across 160 industries in 71 countries that are meeting the standards of transparency and accountability in environmental and social performance.

Anthea Kelsick, co-CEO of B Lab US/Canada said, “We are proud to welcome MVP Dairy to the community of Certified B Corporations and celebrate their long-held commitment to using business as a force for good. Their regenerative and sustainable practices are exemplary, and their partnership with fellow B Corp Danone North America illustrates the power of responsible supply chains and mission-driven collaboration. As we've seen throughout the COVID-19 crisis, it's never been more important for businesses to work together to take action and lead the way in building a more inclusive and resilient economy.”

Related topics: Manufacturers, Danone, Sustainability

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