Rogue Creamery is 1st Oregon Benefit Company
January 2, 2014, Rogue Creamery registered as the 1st Oregon Benefit Company with Secretary of State Kate Brown at the State Offices in Portland; today is the first day that a new state law allows businesses to build social responsibility into their bylaws. “The overwhelming response to this new law demonstrates the vibrancy of Oregon’s innovative, socially responsible business community. Benefit companies make a big difference in the community, creating jobs and acting socially responsible”, said Secretary of State Kate Brown. “Oregon is a great state in which to do business; and with the “B” company classification, businesses like Rogue Creamery have an excellent opportunity to make an impact in the communities where they operate, said David Gremmels, Rogue Creamery Co-owner and President.
Sustainability is the culture at Rogue Creamery; each project’s value and payback to environment, wildlife and community is reviewed and often funded without regard for economic incentives. Many programs, such as solar voltaic, require large upfront funding while others need little or no funding, but require thinking beyond current programs. A project is supported when Rogue Creamery believes in its value to environment even when the economic payment is not definite. The company is committed to organic practices and is working toward having all suppliers organically certified.
Gremmels pledged that “Under B Company registration, Rogue Creamery will build upon its work in our community to: 1) further awareness of Oregon dairy and American farmstead and artisan cheese makers, 2) sponsor and support programs that increase opportunities for public education to increase awareness of diversity, sustainability, environment and artisan food, 3) develop long term conservation, recycling, renewable green energy and sustainable and organic agriculture programs through its Nellie Green Pedal Power Program including the bike commute initiative “ .
Sustainable practices are an integral part of the mission and have been a driving factor in making business decisions at Rogue Creamery since 1933. However, under the leadership of David Gremmels and Cary Bryant it has become part of every decision. The company’s mission is “People dedicated to sustainability, service, and the art and tradition of creating the world’s finest handmade cheese”. Rogue Creamery is proud that it has impacted the world of cheese with its many accolades and blue ribbons, and is proud of the sustainable programs used in achieving those awards. An unexpected benefit occurred because of the emphasis and leadership in sustainable practices; Rogue Creamery’s cheese lovers, guests, distributors, retailers and restaurants that showcase its cheeses want to know the story behind its sustainable practices.