How One Craft Brewer Improves Its Community

What has Creature Comforts Brewing Co., Athens, Ga., accomplished since becoming one of only 6,347 companies – and 51 breweries – around that world certified as B Corporations last April? It:

  • Pledged to lead efforts to raise the percentage of Athens-Clarke County 3rd graders reading on grade level to 60% from 20% over the next five years
  • Crested $4 million in total community impact, $1,582,214 of which were directly disbursed to local agencies through Creature Comforts' philathropic campaign, "Get Comfortable"
  • Invested in local farms by:

 * Partnering with and hosting the Athens Farmers Market

  * Securing select ingredients from the University of Georgia's UGArgden

 * Brewing a core brand, Athena, with Georgia-grown wheat.

  • Earned TRUE's (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) Silver Level Certification for the company's Southern Mill facility's zero waste efforts.
  • Began screening suppliers to diversify its supplier network
  • Launched an Employer Volunteer Program where employees accrued 1,785.5 hours of community service last year.  

"Nine years ago, we were beginning the restoration of a 1940s-era warehouse that would soon be home to Creature Comforts. We started Creature Comforts because we believe in the power of beer to bring people together and that a brewery could be a force for good. says Chris Herron, CEO of Creature Comforts.