Iroquois Valley Farms makes ‘B Corp Best for Communities’ 2014 List for Positive Farming Community Impact
Chosen for Creating the Most Positive Farming Community Impact
Recently Iroquois Valley Farms, LLC was recognized for creating the most positive farming community impact by the nonprofit B Lab with the release of the third annual ‘B Corp Best for Communities’ list. Iroquois Valley Farms, which owns local and organic farms in six U.S states, is a food and farmland Company supporting sustainable food production, the mid-size family farmer and a uniquely grass-roots capital base of investors including individuals, family offices, and foundations.
The ‘B Corp Best for Communities’ list honors 86 businesses that earned a community impact score in the top 10% of all Certified B Corporations of their size on the B Impact Assessment, a rigorous and comprehensive assessment of a company’s impact on its workers, community, and the environment.
Iroquois Valley Farms is committed to the triple bottom line – social responsibility, environmental soundness, and economic viability. Twelve of the last 13 farms acquired by Iroquois Valley Farms LLC have been purchased as part of its nationally acclaimed Young Farmer Land Access Program. Consequently, the Company and its member investors are well positioned to benefit from the growth of local and organic foods produced by an expanding base of mostly young farmers. “Our commitment to keeping the farmer on the land producing healthy food at a fair profit is becoming well recognized,” points out Director of Impact John Steven Bianucci.
Iroquois Valley Farms obtained Certified B Corporation status in 2012, has been chosen by Impact Assets to its Impact 50 (IA50) worldwide impact investment list for both 2012 and 2013, and now is recognized as one of the Best in the world positively impacting Farm Communities by B Labs. Mr. Bianucci further added, “Iroquois Valley Farms is an outstanding leader in the field of agriculture, shouldering with farm families the regeneration of healthy local and organic farms and strong farm communities. Our mission is among the most important, practical, and needed in the world today.”
The ‘Best for Communities’ honorees come from over 35 different industries and 25% are based outside North America. Each is a Certified B Corporation, using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Today there are over 1,045 certified B Corporations, across 60 industries and 34 countries, unified by one common goal: to redefine success in business.
Individuals seeking participation in the growing business of producing local and healthy foods are investing in Iroquois Valley Farms. According to Iroquois Valley Farms CEO and Co-Founder Mr. David Miller, the investment theme is simple, “We’re offering a unique growth opportunity supported by an appreciating and renewable real asset. Focusing on soil health and local and organic foods will naturally grow revenues and enhance the long term value of these farms.”
About Iroquois Valley Farms
Iroquois Valley Farms LLC is a food and farmland company making impact investments in local and organic agriculture following triple bottom line principles. Formed in 2007, Iroquois Valley Farms was the first socially responsible farmland company in the United States focused on supporting sustainable food production and the mid-size family farmer. Iroquois Valley Farms is committed to preserving farmland, facilitating organic land management practices, supporting local food markets, providing land access opportunities to family farmers and creating values-based agriculture investment opportunities. Offering a uniquely corporate and indefinitely scalable opportunity to benefit from the production of healthy and nutritious foods, the Company has purchased over 2,100 acres of farmland, all of which is certified organic or in transition to organic production. The owned farmland is leased through long term tenancies to farmers that are independently operating their own family farm business. Corporate revenues and profitability are directly connected to the growing businesses of these farmers. For more information, visit iroquoisvalleyfarms.com
About B Lab and B Corp
B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement to redefine success in business so that all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world. B Lab drives this systemic change through a number of interrelated initiative: 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 legislation to accelerate growth of social entrepreneurship and impact investing (20 states have already passed benefit corporation legislation); 3) developing B Analytics, a customizable platform for investors to benchmark and report the impact of their global private equity portfolios; and 4) providing free, powerful tools for businesses to measure, compare and improve their social and environmental performance (more than 16,000 businesses use B Lab’s free B Impact Assessment). For more information, visit www.bcorporation.net
John Steven Bianucci, Director of Impact, IVF
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Source: Iroquois Valley Farms Press Release