Saturday, January 26, 2008

Greyston Bakery - Sustainable & Responsible Business of the Week

Greyston Bakery (Yonkers NY) is an example of social entreprenuership at its finest. The for-profit bakery was started to provide employment opportunities and economic renewal for this inner-city community. Their website states, " "We don't hire people to bake brownies; we bake brownies to hire people."

All profits go to support the Greyston Foundation which offers affordable childcare for the community, affordable housing for homeless and low income families, and affordable health care for persons with HIV. The bakery's facility was selected as a Top Ten Green Project in 2004 for their use of natural light, rooftop gardens, efficient machinery, and the use of outdoor air to cool baked goods. The bakery produces many traditional baked goods, but they are probably best known as the exclusive supplier of brownies for Ben & Jerry's ice cream products.

Sustainable & Responsible Business of the Week: If they can do it, so can you!

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