We're a public benefit corporation, which means that we have our social mission written into our charter.
Our public benefit is to promote the reduction of inequality and exploitation in food systems by connecting farmers to high-value markets, helping them access a larger share of the product value chain, and establishing long-term, mutually-beneficial trade relationships.
We measure social impact both at origin in our sourcing practices and at home in our support for organizations doing great work related to food, culture, identity, and community.
To date, we've paid our partner farmers more than $150,000 at rates significantly higher than commodity prices.
In January 2019, we looked back on our impact for 2018. Here's a little more about what we accomplished, made possible by you:
Case Study: Social Impact in Zanzibar, Tanzania
This year, we significantly grew our spice shipments from our partner cooperative in Zanzibar, including a few firsts along the way:
- The first-ever harvest of Cinnamon Tree Leaves, previously a by-product of the cinnamon tree harvest (great anywhere you'd use bay leaves)
- The first-ever harvest of Tanga Ginger, which we committed to buy it before it was even harvested
- The first-ever sale of their ENTIRE crop of Black Peppercorns, which Bloomberg magazine wrote "totally redefines a spice you thought you knew"
One way that we measure our social impact is through the amount paid to our partner farmers, so we wanted to share that. In 2017, we paid the cooperative an average of $238 per farmer for their incredible crops; in 2018, we more than doubled that payment to $565 per farmer.
(For you data nerds, the GDP per capita in Zanzibar is around $823, which means that the payment represents 69% of annual GDP for the average Zanzibari.)
We’re working on measuring impact in each country where we source spices including India, Egypt, Guatemala, as well as a global overview. Stay tuned.
Donations and Community Support
We may be small, but we’re committed to our social and activist values. That means supporting our communities however we can.
In 2018, we donated spices and volunteered our time with some incredible organizations, including:
- Emma's Torch
- Sylvia Center
- AMC Dream Cafe
- Asymmetrical Table
- Cuir Kitchen Brigade
- The Zlatne Uste Golden Festival
- Heritage Radio Network
- Kingsborough Community College's Culinary Program
- Horticultural Society of New York
- NY Junior League
- League of Kitchens
- Museum of Food and Drink
- Just Food
- and many others
We'll keep publishing updates to our impact on this page and in our newsletters. Stay tuned.