FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 15, 2018
CONTACT: Colleen Kavanagh, CEO of ZEGO
ZEGO Honored as “Best in World” for Positive Community Impact
SAN FRANCISCO, CA ZEGO, a San Francisco-based company, has been honored as “Best in the World” for the positive impact it has on the community. This award was based on an independent, comprehensive assessment administered by the B Lab, the nonprofit that certifies Benefit Corporations. Honorees are scored in the top 10% of all B Corp certified companies in the world and are featured on B the Change by B Lab, at bthechange.com/bestfortheworld. ZEGO is one of only 13 food manufacturers in the U.S. to receive this distinction in the community category.
ZEGO made the list thanks to its exceptional practices of donating a percentage of its revenue to improving nutrition for low-income children, providing pioneering block chain transparency with allergy and gluten testing data, and donating snacks to allergy friendly summer camps, 2017 hurricane and fire disaster relief efforts, and other community needs. ZEGO is also a woman-owned business.
According to company owner and founder, Colleen Kavanagh,
“We are honored ZEGO has been recognized by B Lab as Best in the World for our work supporting our community. From the onset, we wanted ZEGO not only to make delicious, nutritious snacks that are also safe for most “free from” special diets, but also to make a positive difference in our world. We are passionate about both our block chain approach to food safety that combines dynamic labeling, testing, and data sharing and our commitment to use regional U.S. farms for our suppliers, as the best way to support our customers’ health, our environment and our country.”
To certify as a B Corp, companies like ZEGO must complete the rigorous assessment and have their answers verified by B Lab, the nonprofit certifier of B Corporations. The full assessment measures a company’s impact on its workers, community, customers and the environment. Honorees scoring in the top 10 percent in any section are considered as setting a gold standard for how business can be a force for good around the world.
“With the rise of anger at a system that feels rigged, people are hungry for companies like ZEGO, who are changing the system by building businesses that seek to create the greatest positive impact,” says Jay Coen Gilbert, co-founder of B Lab. “Best For The World is the only list of businesses that uses comprehensive, comparable, third-party-validated data about a company’s social and environmental performance.”
The Community portion of the B Corp certification evaluates a company’s supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. It also measures the company’s practices and policies around community service and charitable giving, including whether a company’s product or service is designed to solve a social issue, such as access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity and the arts.
The selection criteria for Best For The World honorees are available at https://bit.ly/2IgAzF5.
ZEGO is a food company creating snacks that delicious and safe for most special dietary needs,including top allergens, gluten-free, vegan and low glycemic. They are committed to setting a new standard for food labelling transparency and have every batch of product independently third party tested for allergens and gluten. They have also started a glyphosate testing program to be launched in July. Their unique “Z-Code” on every package allows consumers to track the test results for that product’s specific batch. You can learn more at www.zegofoods.com.
B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. Its vision is that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world and society will enjoy prosperity for all for the long term.
B Lab drives this systemic change by: 1) building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between “good companies” and good marketing; 2) passing benefit corporation legislation to give business leaders the freedom to create value for society as well as shareholders; 3) helping businesses measure, compare and improve their social and environmental performance with the free B Impact Assessment; 4) driving capital to impact investments through use of its B Analytics and GIIRS Ratings platform.
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