The moment for everyone to contribute to a better world is now. de Smaakspecialist seizes that moment, every day, with a big or a small step; we make organic foodprints. Organic food is in our DNA and that is how we want to leave a positive foodprint on the earth. A print that respects the earth instead of depleting it.
We use business as a force for good
There are no ready-made answers to the big questions in a tangle of sustainability concepts. Fortunately, the noises around keeping this beautiful world liveable are getting louder and the answers clearer. From sustainable development goals from the UN to the national climate agreement from the government.
In response to the challenges that lie ahead, de Smaakspecialist, as a certified B Corp, uses its business as a force to do good, where money is our means and not an end. The inextricable linking of impact and business is what drives us and what remains. Indeed, it strengthens each other and brings a liveable world a little closer every day.
The core of our business is developing, producing and distributing responsible and delicious organic food, with attention and love for people, animals and nature. Of course with our organic products in the supermarket, largely under our own brands like Smaakt, BioToday, RAW Organic Food and Goodbugs. But also by inspiring people every day through our impact projects.
For a liveable world
Sustainability is a mindset, not just a paragraph in a mission statement. In other words, we do what we say. This is endorsed by the fact that de Smaakspecialist successfully obtained the B Corp sustainability certificate in 2018. With this, de Smaakspecialist meets strict requirements in the areas of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. We are also proud to note that with our efforts we contribute to 8 of the sustainable development goals drawn up from the United Nations, which are also a source of inspiration for us. Of course, we do not do all this alone, but in cooperation with our partners.
Sustainable development goals from the UN
What do you want the world to look like in 2030? With that in mind, the United Nations has adopted a new global agenda consisting of seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to make the world a better place. Companies, governments, knowledge institutions and citizens will all have to make an effort to achieve the goals in 2030. De Smaakspecialist can proudly state that we contribute to no less than 8 of these 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
At the end of 2018, the Smaakspecialist achieved its sustainability certification B Corp. With this, the Smaakspecialist meets strict requirements in the areas of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. As a certified company, the Smaakspecialist works with a long-term vision, constantly improving in the value chain, optimizing business impact and creating good working facilities. As a B Corp company, we demonstrate that impact leads to scalability, profitability and positive change.
Good for your body, good for the earth.
All of the products of the Smaakspecialist are organic. That means that the foods are produced under the most natural conditions possible and that no artificial aromas, colors or flavors are added to the products. But we go further than that.For example, we have a large range of vegan products (both fresh and dry groceries) and 97% of our products are free of added refined sugars! Sustainable packaging is also an important pillar, where we work with FSC approved paper and BioBased foil.
Social work company
Organic Food Helmond is a social work company that is committed to helping people with a distance to the labour market find work. In 90% of cases, these people can find work with external employers. In some cases it is more difficult, because the disability does not allow it and someone needs just that little extra guidance. This group of people goes to work for the social employment agency in order to package, among other things, the food products of de Smaakspecialist. From the mission to produce responsible food with attention for people, animals and the environment, producing the products at Organic Food Helmond was therefore a conscious choice.
We are extremely proud of the various leading certificates and quality marks, including B Corp, Skal and EKO, that we have now achieved as a company. It confirms that what we do as a team, day in and day out, we also actually do well. Of course, our mission is not only focused internally, but also on connecting our knowledge, products and time to partners. From this perspective, we work together with a number of inspiring and sustainable partners such as MVO Nederland and Nudge, in order to take steps forward together.