Signature Breads Honored to Receive B Corp™ Certification

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Joins Growing Movement of Businesses Committed to Highest Ethical Standards of Social and Environmental Responsibilities

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“Our B Corp certification helps us communicate our reason for being," said Signature Breads President, Levon Kurkjian. "It assigns value to the impact of our beliefs and holds us publically accountable for continuous improvement.”

Signature Breads, Inc. (http://www.signaturebreads.com) has earned the honor of becoming a certified B Corporation. Awarded by global non-profit organization B Lab, the distinction recognizes a business's adherence to rigorous standards of transparency and accountability, and its positive impact on social and environmental concerns.

Praised by Inc. magazine as “the highest standard for socially responsible business,” B Corp certification is granted only after careful evaluation of a company's business practices, services and products, its treatment of employees, and its impact on the community and environment. Just over 1,800 companies across 50 countries and 130 industries have earned the B Corp certification, including companies already well-known for social responsibility, such as Ben & Jerry’s and Patagonia.

“We knew the B Corp movement was something we wanted to be part of when we learned how well aligned our values were with theirs," said Courtney Jo Fraser, Director of Marketing and Strategy at Signature Breads. "The B Corp philosophy, like ours, is to be the best for the world, not just the best in the world.”

As a minority and employee-owned company driven by enabling the American dream for as many people as possible, Signature Breads has been committed to responsible business practices since its founding. “Our B Corp certification helps us communicate our reason for being," said Signature Breads President, Levon Kurkjian. "It assigns value to the impact of our beliefs and holds us publically accountable for continuous improvement.”

Signature Breads was founded in 2006 as the result of an employee-buyout from a larger corporation. From their two bakeries in Chelsea, MA and Tempe, AZ, Signature Breads bakes over 100 varieties of baguettes, ciabatta, focaccia, and one-of-a-kind sandwich and dinner rolls for restaurants and supermarkets nationwide. They employ a diverse workforce of over 250 employees from over 17 countries, and hire up to nine language translators for company-wide meetings to ensure employees hear company news and announcements in their native languages. As a result of an unwavering commitment to every team member, Signature Breads' average employee tenure is now over 10 years.

“We’re proud to join the B Corp community and such an outstanding group of companies in our collective mission to foster business models that benefit all of our stakeholders, from our employees and customers to our community and the environment,” said Fraser.

About Signature Breads
Signature Breads is an independent, employee-owned bakery specializing in par-baked breads for restaurants and supermarkets. We have been operating bakeries in Chelsea, Massachusetts and Tempe, Arizona for nearly 30 years, and we proudly serve customers in all 50 states.

About B Corporations
Certified B Corporations are leaders of a global movement of people using business as a force for good™. They meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability and aspire to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.

For more information, please contact:
Courtney Jo Fraser
Signature Breads, Inc.
Director of Marketing & Strategy
courtneyjo(at)signaturebreads(dot)com
Phone | 617

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