Kelowna winery first one in Canada to become B Corp. Certified

Credit: Kevin Trowbridge.

Summerhill Pyramid Winery in Kelowna now has more in common with companies such as Patagonia and Ben & Jerry’s.

Summerhill Pyramid Winery, Kelowna, BC, is the first winery in Canada to be accredited as a Certified B Corporation® and is one of only 26 wineries worldwide to gain this certification. 

This mark ultimately acknowledges that Summerhill Pyramid Winery focuses on people and planet, not just profit.

“My parents started working with Summerhill Pyramid’s organic certifier all the way back in 1988,” says winery CEO Ezra Cipes. “Organic certification is important because it provides transparency for the way we farm and make our wine. Now I am thrilled to announce that on May 15, after a two-year accreditation process, Summerhill has become a Certified B Corporation®, which provides the same kind of transparency for the way we run our business.”

Certified B Corporations are a new kind of business that balances purpose and profit. B Corp businesses make a positive global impact by working to reduce inequality, lower levels of poverty, create a healthier environment, build strong communities and offer high-quality jobs. Summerhill Pyramid Winery has been assessed in categories including governance, workers, customers, community, and the environment to achieve this certification. 

Acknowledging that Summerhill Pyramid Winery is a B Corporation shows customers that the team’s dedication to living their values in the way they do business is authentic. The Summerhill team considers the impact of its decisions on its workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment – to go above and beyond the production of wine to ensure its workers, lands and community benefit from their practices. 

With B Corp, Summerhill Pyramid joins a community of leaders driving a global movement of people using business as a force for good. The B Corp® list includes well-known companies like Patagonia and Ben & Jerry’s. As the first Canadian winery to gain this certification, Summerhill is establishing its own presence amongst these global giants. Other B.C. companies having achieved this certification include Hootsuite, Nada, and Pyrrha Handcrafted Jewels.

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