Dr. Bronner’s Releases New All-One Report: “Heal Earth! Heal Soul!”
Top-Selling Natural Soap Brand Publishes Sixth Annual Impact Report Summarizing Metrics and Stories on Social Justice and Environmental Efforts in 2019
April 22, 2020
VISTA, CA – Dr. Bronner’s, family-owned maker of the top-selling natural brand of soap in North America, has published its sixth annual corporate social responsibility All-One Report. The title is “Heal Earth! Heal Soul!” and summarizes the company’s philanthropic giving, environmental impact, and other important company developments in 2019, spanning the breadth and depth of Dr. Bronner’s advocacy work in areas of environmental stewardship and social justice. To view the sixth annual All-One Report, visit: www.drbronner.com/media-center/all-one-reports/.
In the introduction to the report, company Cosmic Engagement Officer David Bronner, and President Michael Bronner, write: “We are California Soapmakers, but we identify with a much wider and rounder territory: the tiny-huge living-breathing deep blue miracle, source of all our ingredients, home to our ancestors who began this work generations ago, home to all our relations and descendants, and all the people who make and use our products today. This All-One Report, like all of our work at Dr. Bronner’s, is dedicated to our beloved Mother.”
“Heal Earth! Heal Soul!” announces the achievement of Dr. Bronner’s first Regenerative Organic Certified product, Virgin Coconut Oil; and presents a wide breadth of accomplishments measuring the company’s environmental footprint including 28,137 certified regenerative organic acres under cultivation, the planting of 122,560 trees to mitigate climate change, and the establishment of a Montessori preschool for 150 children and a large training and meeting center for farmers and community groups in Asuom, Ghana, where Dr. Bronner’s sources its regenerative organic palm oil. In partnership with Pavitramenthe in India, Dr. Bronner’s supplier of regenerative organic and fair trade mint oil, where rural women face lack of access to health care, health education and personal hygiene products, the company is distributing 3,000 washable, reusable pads and providing education on menstrual health and hygiene.
A leading B Corp company, Dr. Bronner’s earned the 3rd highest B Impact Score in the world in 2019: 178. Furthermore, Dr. Bronner’s commits to climate positivity by 2025, meaning the company’s business operations overall will sequester more carbon from the atmosphere, than the total carbon that it emits. This goal is pursued by a complex plan that includes: sending less than 10% waste to landfills (termed “zero waste”); using renewable power including on site solar panels and purchasing credits from an offset program; improvements in more efficient transportation and sustainable packaging; and most importantly, sourcing raw materials from smallholder farmers who use regenerative organic agriculture practices, that sequester atmospheric carbon in soil in the form of stable organic matter. Dr. Bronner’s also calls on readers to join the company in efforts to Heal Earth by supporting the Green New Deal.
Additionally, the report announces Dr. Bronner’s Heal Soul campaign which advocates for legalizing access to psychedelic-assisted therapies, that have shown great promise in clinical trials at John Hopkins and elsewhere to heal the epidemics of depression, addiction and PTSD. FDA has granted “breakthrough designation” to both MDMA and psilocybin assisted therapy, for treatment resistant PTSD and major depression, respectively. Organizations and initiatives the company will support in 2020, include: The Oregon Psilocybin Service Initiative, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, Decriminalize Nature, VETS, Heroic Hearts, and others.
Other notable highlights reflected in the report include: details on Dr. Bronner’s employee benefits and company finances, including fully paid health insurance for all full time employees, $5,000 in annual childcare subsidies, and the starting salary for permanent workers set at $19.23 per hour — 160% higher than California’s average hourly wage. In 2019, Dr. Bronner’s donated more than 1/3 of profits to activist and charitable causes including animal rights, drug policy reform, fair-trade and fair pay, environmental sustainability and climate change, and regenerative organic agriculture. Dr. Bronner’s 2020 All-One Report is available in an 8½” by 11” color-printed 8 page booklet with fold out poster, and online at www.drbronner.com/media-center/all-one-reports/.
About Dr. Bronner’s
Dr. Bronner’s is a family business committed to honoring the vision of founder Emanuel Bronner by making socially and environmentally responsible products of the highest quality, and by dedicating profits to help make a better world. Dr. Bronner’s commitment to social justice, environmental sustainability and progressive business practices is part of the company’s mission to put into practice the principles that inform the philosophy printed on the company’s iconic soap labels written by founder Emanuel Bronner. The company is the top-selling natural soap maker in North America and a major brand worldwide. Based on 2019 sales, a bottle of Dr. Bronner’s soap was sold, on average, every 2.04 seconds throughout the year. For further information, please visit: www.drbronner.com.