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Building Stronger Communities, One Hour at a Time: Cabot Creamery

Building Stronger Communities, One Hour at a Time: Cabot Creamery

For many, the name Cabot equals cheddar – cheese that is. Best known as makers of “The World’s Best Cheddar,” Cabot Creamery is owned by 1200 dairy farm families located throughout New England and upstate New York. This B Corp has been in continuous operation in Vermont since 1919, and makes a full line of cheeses, yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese, and butter.  However, fewer know about Cabot’s other obsession, community.

“Volunteerism is a key part of who we are,” said Roberta MacDonald, Senior VP of Marketing. “Our farm-family owners are volunteer firefighters, scoutmasters and town moderators. They understand that volunteering helps make our nation the best it can be.  So we strive to recognize volunteers for all the good they do, and in turn, encourage others to give freely of their time, too.”

Cabot puts this principle into practice through their Reward Volunteers program – a computer widget and free mobile app for iPhone that allows individuals and organizations to track their volunteer hours. These hours can then be converted into rewards, as a thank you for improving the community and inspiring others through Facebook to do the same.  Rewards Volunteers 1.0 launched in February in celebration of 2012 being the International Year of the Cooperative. Volunteers from 46 states logged more than 44,000 hours of service at over 800 organizations – in just six months! In answer to this enthusiasm, Cabot just launched version 2.0, with new prizes and the goal to double the number of hours served.

This kind of commitment to the community and their owner-farmers makes Cabot a great fit for B Corp certification. Though only recently certified, Cabot has been creating a positive impact for decades.

Cabot’s B Corporation Certification is an important third-party validation of our business practices,” says Dr. Richard Stammer, Cabot CEO. “These practices include governance by our farmer owners, the environmental impact we have on the land, how we treat our employees, and how we support the communities where we live, work and sell our products.”

Volunteer Rewards allows volunteers to track and improve their impact; the B Corp certification allows Cabot to do the same. Want to join in and see how you’re doing? Download the latest Rewards Volunteers App here.

To learn more about cheese, community and co-ops, check out Cabot Creamery and the practices that make them a better way to do business.

 

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7:59AM PDT on Sep 23, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

3:13PM PDT on Sep 19, 2012

thanks

1:12PM PDT on Sep 16, 2012

noted

9:51PM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

interesting..

5:10AM PDT on Sep 6, 2012

PR

3:43PM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

oops....a little egg on the face there. try a little more research.

10:21AM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

I have actually been BOYCOTTING Cabot. Applauding them is absolute bullshit.

"Undercover investigators for PETA released footage on the harrowing, absolutely heartbreaking conditions that take place on the Adirondack Dairy Farm -- a supplier of Cabot and McAdam cheeses. Calves horns are burned off without anesthesia (a routine procedure that millions of calves must painfully endure each year). Downed cows beaten with a metal prod, and then drug 25 feet by a farm vehicle. And baby calves being snatched away from their mothers just hours after birth".

9:53AM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

Please do not whitewash abusive factory farming for dairy products that are as bad for us healthwise as smoking. Shame on you.

8:49AM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

Sorry guys, you better do some more research! This is one of the "Bad Guys" when it comes to animal abuse! I stopped purchasing any Cabot products a year ago.

8:19AM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

B Corps are some of the country's most valuable assets.

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