King Arthur Flour Named as Vermont Business Environmental Partner
Employee-Owned Baking Resource Achieves Environmental Standards
April 18, 2008 Norwich, VT King Arthur Flour, the nation’s oldest flour company, was designated this week an Environmental Partner by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and the Vermont Small Business Development Center. The designation recognizes King Arthur Flour’s commitment in reducing the environmental impacts of its business operations.
The goal of the Partnership, a free and voluntary program, is to promote improved environmental and economic performance among Vermont businesses. To become a partner, a business must achieve eight environmental standards, including adopting an Environmental Policy Statement, reducing solid waste, and increasing energy efficiency.
King Arthur Flour has implemented a number of environmentally sensitive practices, including printing catalogues on post-consumer recycled paper; recycling over two tons per month of office paper, cardboard, flour bags, plastic, tin and aluminum; composting organic waste; and using a variety of nontoxic and biodegradable cleaners. The company promotes environmental stewardship in the community by sponsoring and encouraging employee participation in Green Up Day and other volunteer activities. The King Arthur Flour Stewardship Team continues to seek new ways to improve the company’s environmental impacts.
Environmental Partners benefit from the operational advice and support of VBEP representatives, and are able to identify themselves as green businesses in marketing efforts. For more information on the program, visit vbep.org.
King Arthur Flour was founded in Boston, Mass., in 1790 and moved its headquarters to Norwich, Vermont, in 1984. The company has grown since then from a regional staple to a brand known nationwide for its purity and consistent quality; from a small mail-order business with five employees in 1990 to the premier baking resource with nearly 200 employees today; from a family-owned operation for five generations to a 100 percent employee-owned business. King Arthur Flour has received several recent recognitions, including the Outstanding Vermont Business Award, the Best Place to Work in Vermont Award, and the Better Business Bureau Local Torch Award for Excellence in 2006; as well as the Best Place to Work in Vermont Award in 2007. King Arthur Flour offers more than 1,000 professional-grade baking tools and ingredients through its catalogue, online at kingarthurflour.com, and at The Baker's Store in Norwich, VT