Italian food firm Crosta & Mollica has gained B Corp certification.
The London-based company selects and imports all its products from artisan bakers in Italy. These include pizza, flatbreads, pastries, cake, biscuits, crackers, and breadsticks.
It is one of a handful of firms in the UK baking industry to achieve B Corp status, joining the likes of Honeywell Bakes, Hobbs House Bakery, Meg Rivers, and Mademoiselle Desserts.
B Corp Certification is defined as a designation that a business is meeting high standards of verified performance, accountability, and transparency on factors from employee benefits and charitable giving to supply chain practices and input materials.
To gain the certification, companies must demonstrate high social and environmental performance by achieving a B Impact Assessment score of 80 or above and passing a risk review. Companies must also make a legal commitment by changing their corporate governance structure to be accountable to all stakeholders, not just shareholders, and exhibit transparency.
Crosta & Mollica said it was given an assessment score of 88.1, putting it in the top quartile of newly certified businesses.
The company said the B Corp certification builds on its values ‘centred around quality, authenticity and the passionate goal to bring people together’, adding that it prided itself on not only bringing a positive impact through good food, but also making positive contributions to the planet as well.
Plans were also announced to embed environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) thinking and delivery across all areas of the business, such as measuring carbon footprint at both corporate and product level and working to reduce all targets.
“We are immensely proud to announce Crosta & Mollica as a certified B-Corporation, joining the worldwide community to use business as a force for good,” said founder and CEO James Orr.
“The hard work across the business to make this possible has been a hugely cross functional team effort, from our HQ in London to our supplier base located across Italy. As a business, we constantly strive to deliver the highest quality and authenticity to everything we do. Our team is dedicated to keeping our environmental responsibilities at the forefront of our business and deep-rooted values,” Orr added.
According to the UK website for the B Corp movement, there are currently over 1,200 British businesses with B Corp status across 58 different industries. These companies employ more 58,000 workers.