Food Connect

Fresh produce, artisan food products

Salisbury, Queensland

Australia

www.foodconnect.com.au

About Food Connect

Food Connect is a social enterprise connecting local farmers and eaters in South East Queensland for over 13 years. They are transforming the food system taking a rights-based approach rather than seeing food as a commodity. Using a true-cost model, Food Connect returns a fair price to regenerative farmers using a unique community distribution model, reducing food miles to an average of 140km per week. Staff are engaged in democratic decision making and customers are treated to a weekly supply of healthy, whole foods from fabulous farmers and food makers.

B Corp certification is a natural fit for us. Since our inception in 2004, every decision we've made at Food Connect takes into account the principles set out in our Fair Food Manifesto. Now we can measure our impact and strive to strengthen our business systems against best practice, global benchmarks. We are really excited about joining this community of like-minded businesses, to deepen our learning and co-create a better world for everyone.

The Change We Seek®

Food Connect believes that food is a human right, not a commodity. Food Connect is transforming a failing food system by creating a localised, true-cost and transparent model of local food aggregation and distribution.

Everyone in the food value chain should be rewarded fairly and treated ethically for their part in producing, processing and delivering the food we enjoy. That food should be sourced as locally as possible, thereby reducing the carbon footprint, revitalising rural and remote communities, and stimulating local economic development. Food Connect's model has been replicated in a number of locations in Australia and its relentless advocacy has helped to grow the 'Fair Food Movement' across the nation.

Local family farmers are encouraged to transition from conventional farming methods to regenerative systems, and eaters are educated about the nutritional value of fresh, organic produce and meet farmers on organised farm tours. This is the 'connect' piece of Food Connect, as food is seen as the vehicle for eaters to connect to their producers, the land and the soil that nourishes them. Food Connect minimises waste and it's warehouse operations employ rigorous recycling and sustainability practices.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

June 2017
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Environment

Environment

The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.

26
7
Workers

Workers

The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.

19
18
Customers

Customers

The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).

N/A
N/A
Community

Community

The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.

49
17
Governance

Governance

The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

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6
Overall B Score
104
55

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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