Portland, OR – Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB), Portland’s producer of world-class, sustainably-made beer, today announced its certification as a B Corporation. This prestigious designation is awarded to companies using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. By becoming certified, Hopworks formally and legally agrees to consider their impact not only financially but also on their workers, suppliers, community, consumers, and the environment, collectively referred to as the triple bottom line. B Lab, the organization certifying B Corporations, seeks to build a community of Certified B Corporations that meet higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. Any company can apply. There are over 1,000 Certified B Corporations from more than 60 industries in 34 countries.
The certification makes Hopworks the first B Corporation brewery in the Pacific Northwest and the seventh in the world. Hopworks is the 47th certified B Corporation in the state of Oregon.
“It is an incredible honor to become a certified B Corporation and to sit amongst the companies that we have admired for so long. Hopworks has always believed in the direct relationship between business and environmental health and it is great to have a framework to study our progress” says Hopworks brewmaster and founder Christian Ettinger. “B Lab’s application process provided an incredibly eye-opening and dynamic analysis of our efforts to date. We are proud of what we have been able to achieve in eight short years and look forward to tackling the more challenging points in the months to come. This process has really improved our focus and excited our team.”
Hopworks’ mission is to revolutionize and inspire the brewing industry with practices that drive quality, protect the environment and improve it’s community. HUB’s conscientious practices include the use of USDA Certified Organic and Salmon-Safe Certified ingredients in beer, donating 1% of Powell brewpub pint sales to local nonprofits, providing organic and locally-sourced pub fare, maintaining 100% “cradle to gate” carbon neutral operations and the company’s zero waste initiative.
A major initiative at Hopworks is to model environmental stewardship by reducing water consumption in the production of beer while expanding capacity and distribution. The brewery recently installed a Cleaning In Place system, which allows the brewery to conserve five times the amount of water when cleaning fermentation tanks while also saving energy and cleaner. Hopworks uses 3.39 gallons of water per gallon of beer produced, compared to an industry average of 7 to 1. Hopworks maintains water neutral operations through the purchase of credits through Bonneville Environmental Foundation.