Proud day for the rebels!
Cork-based Velo Coffee Roasters is the first coffee roastery in Ireland to obtain the prestigious B Corp Certification, marking a significant milestone in the company’s commitment to social and environmental responsibility.
B Corp status is bestowed upon businesses dedicated to upholding the highest standards of positive impact on society and the environment. It evaluates a company’s holistic social and environmental impact across five key areas: governance, workers, community, environment, and customers. Just over 30 businesses headquartered in Ireland hold this certification.
Suzanne Casey, General Manager of Velo Coffee Roasters said: “We are thrilled to achieve this gold standard of sustainability, and to be the first coffee roastery in Ireland to have done so.
“Our decision to pursue B-Corp certification stemmed from our genuine commitment to transparency — we want to adhere to comparable standards that will drive tangible change. The process involved a comprehensive evaluation of every part of our operations — from packaging choices to policies to sustainability targets.”
As part of its social and environmental responsibility, Velo, which is stocked in Dunnes Stores, Tesco, and premium SuperValu stores along with Aldi stores nationwide and in the UK, sources speciality coffee beans in collaboration with their partner Covoya.
Already recognised as an Origin Green Gold company, the B Corp certification is the next progression in Velo’s journey toward social and environmental responsibility. With a commitment to continuous improvement and transparent reporting, Velo has also led the industry in sustainable packaging commitments, introducing completely recyclable packaging to their retail coffee in 2021.