Persephone was selected at the Social Enterprise of the Year for 2017, at the annual Social Finance Forum in Toronto. A panel of experts chose Persephone from a cross Canada. Our CEO, Brian Smith, was on hand to accept the award and here is the post to their website: https://www.socialfinanceforum.ca/2017/11/14/2017-social-finance-awards-winners/
Here’s their write-up:
Persephone Brewing Company is located in picturesque town of Gibsons, B.C. Persephone grows hops, food, beer and community at what is lovingly known by the locals as The Beer Farm.
The organization has built and operates a farm that is tackling challenging land economics, social inclusion and environmental sustainability by leveraging the booming craft beer industry in Canada. Persephone is committed to the inclusion of people with disabilities and regenerative agricultural practices that build healthy food systems and healthy community, not to mention profits.
Persephone was developed to apply a systems-based approach to building healthy, resilient community and local economy using a social enterprise business model. Just as viable farms thrive on rich soils, the company is reliant on the well-being of its people, its positive, progressive organizational culture and its sustainable land use.
As a twice-certified B-Corp, Persephone has one of the highest scores of any breweries worldwide and won The Best for the World by B Labs for 2017.
In the past year, its revenues have grown by 40 per cent, and it has won multiple international beer awards.
This social enterprise is a true example of how a community-run organization can scale while making an impact on multiple fronts.