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Two local companies named ‘Best for the World’

The Rogue Creamery is one of more the two dozen companies that registered as a Benefits Corporation in the State of Oregon.Mail Tribune / Jamie Lusch

Rogue Creamery and AllCare Health were named two of Benefit Corporation’s “Best for the World” companies in the environment and governance categories, respectively.

The recognition is given to B Corp-certified companies that are in the top 5% in one of the categories of community, customers, environment, governance and workers.

B Corp assigns companies a number between zero and 200 based on the five categories. The mean score is 50.9 for ordinary businesses, and 80 qualifies for B Corp certification.

Rogue Creamery had an overall score of 136.6 and an environment score of 57.9.

AllCare Health had an overall score of 119.3 and a governance score of 21.2, placing both companies within the top 5% of all B Corp-certified companies in their categories.

Rogue Creamery President David Gremmels attributes the high environmental score to the company installing solar panels, reducing irrigation and implementing a program that monetarily rewards employees who carpool and provides employees who take public transportation with a bike to commute from their house to public transport.

“We're super proud of the recognition that B Corp has bestowed upon us, and we wear it proudly,” Gremmels said. “It's a reflection of the Rogue Creamery's team effort. And truly, it takes a team to make a difference.”

The accolade was just the latest for the company whose Rogue River Blue cheese was named “Best Cheese in the World,” and in June won a national sustainability award for dairy processing and manufacturing.

This was AllCare Health’s fourth time receiving “Best for the World” honors in governance, and it has increased its overall score by five points since first receiving the recognition in 2017.

“We see B Corp recertification as proof of our sustained investment in our community, our employees and in the health of our members,” AllCare Health Chief Human Resources Officer Sandy Pennell said in a press release.

Gremmels said his commitment to make the world a more sustainable place stems from his father, and that this recognition is an indication he is working in the right direction.

“He taught me that if there's one thing that you can do on this Earth, have a positive impact in all that you do,” he said. “And I live by that each day. That's a powerful commitment.”

Reach Mail Tribune news intern William Seekamp at wseekamp@rosebudmedia.com.