North Carolina-basedAgBiome, Inc., which recently received EPA approval for its new Theia® fungicide, announced this week it has also been named a Certified B Corporation™, or B Corp™ and is among the first agricultural biotech organizations to do so.
Additionally, AgBiome is “the only one with two Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered products – Howler® fungicide and Theia® fungicide – to earn this honor,” a company press release said. The new designation puts the company among more than 5,000 B Corps across 70 countries and 150 industries worldwide.
“As a company dedicated to the health of people and the planet, we are thrilled to be recognized as a B Corp,” said Eric Ward, co-CEO of AgBiome. “The B Corp certification process holds us to high standards in how we treat our employees, customers, and suppliers, and how our products affect the environment. We’re proud to be leading the way in our industry by meeting these standards and committing to being an even better company as our business grows.”
This award comes from B Lab™, a nonprofit network “committed to improving the global economy for the benefit of people, communities and the planet. B Corp certifications are reserved for companies that demonstrate the highest standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.” Companies being considered for the award “are evaluated on categories from employee benefits and charitable contributions to supply chain practices and input materials. Certifications are reevaluated every three years to ensure their continuous improvement.”
AgBiome completed the requirements for the B Corp certification in collaboration with NC State University’s B Corp Clinic, a program developed to connect graduate students to aspiring B Corps. The B Corp Clinic focuses on helping companies assess their social and environmental impacts based on B Corp requirements.
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