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Hog Island Oyster Co. Believes Doing Good Is Good Business

MARSHALL, CA, May 10, 2016. Hog Island Oyster Co. announced today it has become a Certified B Corporation™. B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

There are over 1,700 Certified B Corporations worldwide crossing 130 industries in 48 countries. They include Patagonia, Ben & Jerry’s, Etsy, Warby Parker, and Seventh Generation. All share a common goal: people using business as a force for goodTM.

“Doing good has always been part of our culture,” says John Finger, co-founder and CEO of Hog Island Oyster Co. whose core values include ‘People, Planet and Profit’. Hog Island Oyster Co. environmental efforts include.

  • Leaders in Ocean Acidification research, in partnership with UC Davis Bodega Bay Marine Labs

  • One of the first Food Alliance Certified Sustainable Shellfish producers

  • Founding members of Tomales Bay Watershed Council

  • Blue Business Council members

  • Members Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association

B Corp Certification® validates Hog Island Oyster Co.’s longstanding belief that shellfish farming is about a lot more than just growing oysters.” We sincerely believe a company’s actions impact its employees, community, customers, and the environment as a whole,”says Finger.

Hog Island invests in people and communities. Their 200-plus employees receive competitive pay, health insurance and wellness plans and vacation and retirement packages. The
company contributes over $80,000 per year to local nonprofit organizations who work on education, health, the environment and community services.

“B Corp Certification was a natural next step in our company’s growth,” says Jodi Stevens, Chief Operational Officer. “This certification provides us with a third party assessment to measure and track our social and environmental performance. It helps us walk our talk.”

Co-founder and VP of Project Development Terry Sawyer commented “As a Certified B Corp we are now aligned with companies who we’ve looked to as models of ethical and
progressive business. We hope to learn from (as well as inspire) other companies as we continue on this journey.”

About Hog Island Oyster Co.

In 1983, two young marine biologists, planted oyster seed on a five-acre lease in Tomales Bay. A year and a half later, they delivered their first Pacific oysters to Chez Panisse, Zuni Café and Hayes Street Bar and Grill in San Francisco.

Today, Hog Island Oyster Co. has grown into one of the nation’s leading producers of sustainable shellfish and is a pioneer in bay-to bar restaurants with three public locations: in San Francisco’s Ferry Building Marketplace, downtown Napa’s Oxbow Public Market, and their Farm in Marshall, California on Tomales Bay.

Hog Island’s passion is to grow, shuck and serve an exceptional oyster experience – and have fun doing it. Known for an unusually large number of long-term employees, aka The Hog Island Family, the company has created a culture of people who truly care. Their 200-plus employees enjoy full health care, vacation benefits, and retirement plans.

Hog Island Oyster Co. currently leases one hundred and sixty acres in Tomales Bay, CA and sells over 3.5 million oysters, Manila clams and mussels per year. In 2014, Hog Island Oyster Co. launched efforts toward the first California-based oyster seed hatchery, nursery and second growing farm in Humboldt Bay, CA.

About B Corp Certification

B Corp™ Certification is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk. Certified B Corporations are leaders of a global movement of people using business as a force for good. They meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability and aspire to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. There are more than 1,700 B Corps worldwide, 130 industries, and 48 countries with one unifying goal – to redefine success in business. More information at www.bcorporation.net.