It’s been a few months since the Gladstone was officially inaugurated as a certified B-Corporation. It was an exciting moment for the hotel, and a chance to take stock of the work that’s been done over the last 15 years. The process of B-corp certification also provided opportunities to learn about existing best practices and helped us to expand our thinking about how the Gladstone can champion B-Corp values—from supporting artists with year-round exhibitions to using eco-friendly cleaning products—in the hospitality industry.
But the work doesn’t stop there. New ideas are just around the corner and there’s always room to improve, from changing daily habits to creating company policies that create change for the better. We’re following through on the B-Corp values we signed onto by continuing to develop plans and strategies around how we can use our business as a force for good. Here are a few of the things we’ve done since our big B-Corp announcement this spring:
No More Straws
This issue has gotten a lot of attention in the news lately, and rightly so! Eliminating straws in our food and beverage outlets seemed like a no brainer, but we consider this to be just a first step. We’re on the lookout for other places that we can reduce single use plastics in our day-to-day operations.
Donating To Foodshare
FoodShare is a non-profit organization that works with communities and schools to deliver healthy food and food education. It’s an important cause and we’re glad to be able to help by donating a portion of the proceeds from our Harvest Wednesdays Dinner Series to help support Foodshare’s community programs and urban agriculture innitiatives.
Staff Coffee Mugs
There’s no need to use single-use cups while in the building, and these cute second-hand staff coffee mugs are fun to have around too!
Supporting Rainbow Railroad
For the past 2 months we’ve been donating $1 from every pint of Beau’s sold to Rainbow Railroad for the amazing work they do. The charity’s mandate is to help LGBT+ people facing state sponsored persecution around the world by finding them safe places of refuge.
We’re re-strategizing our approach to our monthly market events! Starting this fall, GH Marketplace presents curated shopping experiences highlighting local artists, entrepreneurs, artisanal producers, creative collectives and social enterprises. This monthly marketplace is all about keeping it local, focusing on nurturing a vibrant micro-economy in our neighbourhood. By buying local, shoppers are supporting amazing artists and artisans while also reducing their environmental footprint — it’s a win-win.