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Maker's Mark achieves B Corp certification

Kentucky-based whiskey maker Maker’s Mark has announced news of its B Corporation certification, officially making it the largest distillery in the world, and the first in Kentucky’s famed ‘bourbon country’, to achieve the distinction.

B-Corp certification recognises companies that are working in order to build a more inclusive and sustainable economy, and in this case it affirms numerous years of effort made by Maker’s Mark to benefit the greater good.

The news of this recognition signals a major milestone on the brand’s environmentally conscious mission to ‘Make Your Mark. Leave No Trace’, now and for the future. 

“Since 1953, my grandparents instilled a sense of responsibility here at Maker’s Mark that started with the way we make our bourbon and extended to the way we impact the lives of our teams, our customers, our communities and our shared environment,” said Rob Samuels, eighth-generation whisky maker and grandson of the founders at Maker’s Mark.

“That commitment to a higher purpose continues to live on, both here in Kentucky and beyond. I am so proud of our team’s tireless efforts that have earned us B Corp certification, and I’m even more excited to continue pioneering social and environmental initiatives that benefit the future of bourbon and greater good for all.”

Maker’s Mark achieved B Corp certification by meeting and exceeding rigorous benchmarks across five categories of the B Impact Assessment: community, customers, environment, governance, and workers.

Key efforts recognised at Maker’s Mark as part of the scoring and certification include its environmental practices, community and philanthropic efforts, and workplace opportunities.

B Corp certification is just one step Maker’s Mark is taking as part of its long-term environmentally focused mission which couples bold, regenerative actions with comprehensive efforts to leave nothing harmful behind. Beyond the initiatives assessed as part of B Corp certification, Maker’s Mark has also establishment of the world’s largest repository of American white oak trees for research purposes; a first-of-its-kind genome mapping project of the American white oak species; and regenerative farming practices to enrich soil for more robust and flavourful varieties of grain.

3 February 2022 - Bethany Whymark