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Sustainable Restaurant Certifications by Supriya Kanal

Posted by: | May 10, 2014 Comments Off on Sustainable Restaurant Certifications by Supriya Kanal |

In order to receive a B-Corp certification, the business seeking the certification must adopt certain legal requirements. These requirements are geared toward addressing the business’s purpose, accountability, and transparency in regards to social and environmental performance.[6] These legal requirements add responsibilities to the business as well as taking into consideration the stakeholders’ interests in the business.

The final step for a business becoming B-Corp certified is for the business to sign the B-Corp Declaration of Independence.[7] This ensures that businesses will agree to maintain their certification with B-Corp by meeting the requirements. In addition, businesses must pay an annual fee in order to remain certified. A B-Corp certification lasts for two years until the business must recertify itself.

While B-Corp certification is available to any type of organization, the Green Restaurant Certification concentrates solely on the food service industry. The Green Restaurant Certification is a certification sponsored by the Green Restaurant Association (GRA), a non-profit organization dedicated to environmental responsibility in the restaurant business. The Green Restaurant Certification specifically looks at seven main categories to evaluate restaurants. These seven categories include: Energy, Water Efficiency, Waste Reduction and Recycling, Disposables, Chemical and Pollution Reduction, Sustainable Food, and Sustainable Furnishings and Building Materials.[8] These categories look at the infrastructure that was used to create the building along with the current practices the restaurant encounters daily. From these perspectives, GRA determines whether the restaurant is sustainable.


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