MEDFORD, Ore. — Local cheese shop Rogue Creamery is the first business in the state to earn a new title for social responsibility.
The shop is now one of 29 companies registered as a benefit company, a new business type created this year by the Oregon House. Benefit companies are a way for businesses to build social responsibility into their by-laws.
Rogue Creamery, for example, gets 50% of the energy to their buildings through solar power. They also have a bike commuting program for their employees and invest in public education and charity work. They say the designation comes with added transparency.
“We’ve always been operating our business this way, so it seemed to be a natural fit. And it seems to be a very good way for people to understand how businesses are operating,” said Francis Plowman, the Rogue Creamery Marketing Manager.
Rogue Creamery says their sustainability goal is to be a “zero impact” company by 2021.