John Perkins, author of the best-selling whistleblowing book Confessions of an Economic Hitman, might have coined the word “corporatocracy” when he began to expound on the current political/economic system which is covertly controlled behind the scenes by corporations. Being that corporate interests are wildly different from human interests, a system controlled by megalomaniacal institutions is one that will ultimately wreak havoc. Perkins says the corporatocracy has one chief goal and it is “to maximize profits regardless of social and environmental impact.”
Unethical Business Practices
While we are all aware of trappings of corporatism such as exploitation, sweat-shops, pollution, waste, toxic ingredients, planned obsolescence, and other unethical business practices that are routinely engaged in, there are some altruistic standards we might be less familiar with. Good manufacturing practice, fair trade and equal exchange, community cleanup and volunteering, non-GMO verification and commitment to organics (food), profit donation, rainforest/endangered species protection, and other forms of philanthropy are just a few of the gold stars on the résumés of B-Corporations.
What is a B-Corporation?
B Lab, a non-profit started in 2007 in Wayne, PA, issues Benefit Coporation status to companies who are proven to consider employees, their communities, and the environment before profits. Certification standards are rigorous and companies must walk the walk.
According to BCorporation.net, “By voluntarily meeting higher standards of transparency, accountability, and performance, Certified B Corps are distinguishing themselves in a cluttered marketplace by offering a positive vision of a better way to do business.”
The Benefit Corporation idea is to band together altruistic companies so that they may push back against the tide of corruption within the corporatocracy. “B Corps create higher quality jobs and improve the quality of life in our communities. And, as the movement grows, it has become an increasingly powerful agent of change. We are passing laws. We are driving capital,” reads the non-profit’s website.
List of Health Food Industry B-Corporations
Not surprisingly, many of the certified B-Corporations are health food companies or hail from similar industries. In a Dauntless Dialogue exclusive, this is the first time a listing has been published of B-Corps associated with the health food industry that you might find at your local health food market. It is important to recognize and support companies like these so that they may continue to contribute things of great value to our communities and our planet.
Alima Cosmetics (mineral makeup)
Bhakti Chai (ready to drink)
BumBoosa (baby wipes, TP, etc.)
Dapple Baby ( toxin free cleaning)
Dolphin Blue (enviro friendly made in US)
Elemental Herbs (org. herbal bodycare)
Equator Coffee & Tea
Essential Living Foods
FIG Food Co.
Good on You bars
Herbalists & Alchemist
Hilary’s Eat Well
Home Free (gf cookies & cakes)
King Aurthur Flour
Lafes (personal care)
Left Coast Natural (org. food)
Little Duck (org kids healthy snacks)
Love & Hummus
Morning Indigo (org. skincare for athletes)
Plum Organic (baby)
Simply Straws (glass)
TOM organic (time of month personal care)
Whole Kids (snack food)