Meet the B Corps #11 Farm Brothers
For the eleventh edition of Meet the B Corps, B Lab Europe interviewed Teyler Padberg, Co-founder of Farm Brothers. Teyler told us a little bit more about the impact the B Corp Certification has had on the company and the kind of Change Farm Brothers seeks to achieve.
Farm Brothers is an organic food company, started in 2013 by two best friends in the Netherlands. Since its founding, the mission has been to provide the world with wholesome, tasty, and affordable organic grain snacks that also increase awareness of the benefits of organic food for the planet and all beings living on it.
Tell us a bit about the history of your company.
Herman and I founded the company a few years back, when we could not find snacks that were organic, healthier and tasty. After a periode of time we decided to start producing organic cookies for ourselves and sell them directly to hotels and restaurants in and around Amsterdam. The results were very positive, so positive that somebody approached us to help us launch our cookies as a retail product.
Why did you become a B Corp?
Being a B Corp allows us to benchmark our own company’s environmentally cautious business practices to an internationally appraised standard for 'using business as a force of good'. The B Corp community continuously motivates us to keep raising the bar and implementing positive change for us and our partners.
What difference has becoming a Certified B Corp made for your company?
It has given us confirmation that we are on the right track and not alone in the mentality of using business as a force of good.
How did your other staff react to the certification?
The whole team was overwhelmed with joy that our hard efforts didn't go unrecognised. Getting noticed and appreciated is a great catalyst in continuing the journey we have embarked upon.
What has changed in your organisation as a result of taking the B Impact Assessment?
We have become even more critical in our decision making policy and to keep pushing ourselves to become an even bigger force of good.
What does the year ahead hold in store for your company?
At the moment we have pretty much succeeded nationwide distribution, and now we are moving more and more into Europe. Also we are launching new flavours, different packages and perhaps even a new product line.....So stay tuned, things are starting to get really exciting!
Who is your B Corp love?
Patagonia is a company who we admire tremendously for their passion and vision. Patagonia has been a force of inspiration and admiration
How is Farm Brothers “Being the Change”?
Farm Brothers strives to make high quality food, without the use of pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers available, using wholesome ingredients and with fantastic flavour available to an audience as wide as possible.