McCarty Family Farms gets B Corp Certification

By Jim Cornall contact

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Since 2006, more than 60,000 companies globally have participated in the B Impact Assessment. Pic: Getty Images/Matt Anderson
Since 2006, more than 60,000 companies globally have participated in the B Impact Assessment. Pic: Getty Images/Matt Anderson

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US dairy farm McCarty Family Farms has announced it is now a Certified B Corporation (B Corp).

The certification is awarded to companies that meet specific standards of social and environmental performance.

B Corps are for-profit companies that use the power of business to build a more inclusive and sustainable economy. B Corps are required to consider the impact of their decisions on all stakeholders including customers, workers, communities, and the environment.

"As fourth generation dairy farmers, our family has a long-established commitment to environmental stewardship and using our business as a force for good in the world,”​ said Ken McCarty, co-owner of McCarty Family Farms.

“Becoming a Certified B Corp amplifies our commitment by prioritizing mission-driven collaboration with our partners to drive real, systemic change and create impact at scale. We are truly honored and humbled to be a part of the B Corp community.”

To achieve B Corp Certification, companies must meet credible, comprehensive, and independent standards and earn a minimum audit score of 80 out of 200 possible points. McCarty Family Farms achieved a B Impact Assessment score of 103.8. To maintain certification, B Corps recertify every three years with the aim to continuously improve their score. 

McCarty Family Farms joins MVP Dairy, co-owned by the McCarty Family to achieve B Corp certification. Dairy is also well-represented in the B Corp Community by other dairy companies including Ben and Jerrys, Tillamook, Cabot Cheese and their long-time partner and world's largest B Corp, Danone North America. 

Marc De Schutter, SVP of procurement at Danone North America said, “The B Corp movement’s collective action continues to remain critical. Now, more than ever, we must continue to understand and prioritize the connectedness of our agricultural and food systems, and the impact they have to our daily lives. We proudly welcome McCarty Family Farms to the B Corp community, as we seek to further co-create and enable sustainable food systems for our shared future.”

Since 2006, more than 60,000 companies globally have participated in the B Impact Assessment, but only 3,500 have become certified. McCarty Family Farms completed the certification in December and joins companies across 160 industries in 74 countries with the certification. 

“At the heart, the B Corporation movement is about people. And passionate people at that, all determined to use our collective voice so society can enjoy a shared and durable prosperity​,” said Ben Anderson, CEO of B Lab US & Canada.

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