The certification further demonstrates our purpose-led mission to empower and improve the livelihoods of agricultural communities in Tonga. Since day one we've had a mission to be ‘the good vanilla’, from how we source our beans, to the way we communicate with our team and customers, and how we're improving futures within our grower communities. We are immensely proud to have achieved this certification and we view it as a key part of our journey to achieving goals across our team, our Tongan community and the environment.
Heilala already had in place several measures required for B Corp certification such as independent governance, a shareholder's agreement that is aligned around purpose, a unique zero-waste process that has recently been registered as a patent, living wage employer with a very diverse team across New Zeland and Tonga, and impact projects in Tonga spanning over the last decade.
The certification shines a light on every aspect of the company and is based on five pillars; Governance, Workers, Community, Environment and Customers.