KENYA – Bio Foods Ltd, a Kenyan leading processor and marketer of premium dairy products, has become the first and only Food & Beverage company in Kenya to receive a B Corporation certification after undergoing a rigorous 2-year impact assessment with B Lab Africa.
According to the company’s statement on a LinkedIn post, acquiring the certification indicates that the company has maintained a high standard of verified, overall social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability.
“At Bio Foods, we strongly believe in sustainability as a core pillar for our Business and as an organization, we operate within and commit to the triple bottom-line framework, of people, planet, and profit,” the company added.
In addition, the dairy processor noted that as Certified B Corp, it could be a force for good in the world and is committed to making a positive impact now and in the future industry.
“We are in the process of setting a five-year sustainability strategy and want to ensure that we engage our stakeholders. This will enable us to understand what is important to you when it comes to sustainability and will ensure that we incorporate these issues when choosing our areas of focus.”
The company joins an international movement of 6,000 purpose-led businesses that meet B Corp’s high standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.
To become a certified B Corp, companies undergo a rigorous review of the impact of their operations and business model on their workers, customers, communities, and environment, and must meet a minimum verified score on the B Impact Assessment.
The benefits of the certification include building trust with consumers, communities, and suppliers; attracting and retaining employees; and drawing mission-aligned investors.
The companies or organizations are required to undergo the verification process every three years to recertify, B Corps are also focused on continuous improvement, leading to their long-term resiliency.
Mr. Green Africa was the first recycling company to be a Certified B Corporation on the African continent, leveraging business as a force for good to realize sustainable, long-term social, environmental, and economic impact through the collection, conversion, and selling of post-consumer plastic waste.
Mr. Green Africa works closely with brand owners and third-party plastics manufacturers to develop and execute three-way off-take agreements for high-quality PCR, helping FMCGs and others realize their sustainable packaging goals by accessing ethically sourced, locally produced PCR.
Bio Food Products is a dairy company that has been pioneering new concepts in product development and packaging within the East African and the Sub-Saharan Region.
The company has made efforts to improve the dairy sector in the country by signing a memorandum of understanding with the Elgeyo Marakwet county government.
The MoU was aimed to see the company through to training dairy farmers in the county in profitable dairy farming practices and also provide a market for these farmers, offering them better prices.
According to the CEO, Westerveld, Bio has built a partnership with farmers, investing heavily in extension services to ensure that the raw fresh milk it receives is produced “the bio way”.
Bio produces an expansive range of Standard premium yogurts Standard premium available in seven delicious flavors which include Vanilla, Peach, Nature plain, tropical mix, berry cocktail, mango, and strawberry.
Bio’s yogurt range also includes Greek-style yogurts, fruit-on-the-bottom yogurts, and drinkable yogurts.
Recently, the company also has a non-dairy yogurt made from coconut that took the market by storm during its launch.