B–Corp status displays highest standards of verified social and environmental performance
Richmond, BC (May 13, 2019) – Ocean Brands, a leading supplier of canned seafood, under the Gold Seal® and Ocean’s® brands, today announced that it has officially become a Certified B Corporation. Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and accountability to balance profit and purpose. B-Corps are accelerating a global cultural shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.
As a B Corp, Ocean Brands measures and manages the impact of its business on its workers, community and the environment, with as much rigor as it manages and monitors its profits. Ocean Brands now joins the rapidly growing movement of more than 2800 Certified BCorporations from 150 industries, across 60 countries. These companies share a unifying purpose to use business as a force for good.
“Working at Ocean Brands is about building something bigger than ourselves,” said OceanBrands President, Ian Ricketts. “Business will only be successful long-term when we build value for consumers that also helps solve the biggest social and environmental issues of our day. Canadians can be assured when they purchase Gold Seal and Ocean’s branded seafood, they are supporting a company that is making positive change for the environment and its employees.”
The rigorous certification process took nine months to accomplish and verifies Ocean Brandshigh performing standards in social, environmental and public transparency. “B Corpcertification is a high bar for companies to meet, and demonstrates a commitment to ethical practices and operations. We’re incredibly proud to welcome Ocean Brands to the community of over 2,800 companies globally that have met these standards,” said B Lab Canada’s Country Manager, Kasha Huk. As Canada’s leading distributor of sustainably sourced canned fish and seafood products, Ocean Brands is defining industry standards and providing consumers an avenue to help make a positive impact with their purchasing decisions. Ocean Brands works closely with suppliers to ensure that production standards are maintained and that workers are treated fairly in the countries where they work.
“We wanted to measure ourselves and our efforts against the most rigorous business standards in the world,” continued Ricketts. “Ocean Brands is striving to attain the highest social, environmental and ethical standards and we are proud to have been awarded a B Corpcertification. Having a comprehensive view of what ‘doing good’ means, will allow us to continually improve on our certification.”