Dr. Bronner’s is a family business committed to honouring the vision of their founder Dr. E.H. Bronner by making socially and environmentally responsible products of the highest quality, and by dedicating profits to helping make a better world. “All-One!”
Dr. Bronner’s products are renowned for their quality, versatility and eco-friendliness. Emanuel Bronner’s family had been making soap since 1858 and he was the third generation certified as a master soapmaker under the guild system of the time. In 1929, he brought his formulas for high-quality liquid and bar soaps to America, starting Dr. Bronner’s in its current form in 1948.
The 4th and 5th generations of the Bronner family who run the company today continue to make unsurpassed soaps with care and integrity.
Today, Dr. Bronner’s continues its mission and commitment to building an engine for promoting and advancing positive social change. From pioneering USDA certified organic personal care products, to creating Fair Trade projects across the world that ensure fair and just treatment of farmers and workers who produce the raw materials, Dr. Bronner’s strives to honour their heritage with progressive business practices, while devoting profits to worthwhile causes and charities worldwide.
Dr. Bronner’s is guided by its Cosmic Principles that reflect six areas of influence and impact that the company focuses on as a backdrop of its production and operations.
1.Work hard. Grow!
2.Do right by customers
3.Treat employees like family
4.Be fair to suppliers
5.Treat the earth like home
6.Give and give! (Fund and Fight!)
Dr. Bronner’s believes the power of fair trade is in the economic and social development of farms and communities benefitting more than 20,000 people directly and indirectly.
How it works: Producers of fair trade products charge their customers (Dr. Bronner’s and 3rd party buyers) a 10% premium on the cost of raw materials (such as harvested coconuts) and labour. The premium goes into a fair trade fund administered by a committee of farmers, farm workers, factory workers, agricultural field officers, and (in the minority) company management. Committees meet to assess progress on existing projects, review budgets, and select new project proposals submitted by committee members and the community.
Committees have allocate funding to agricultural improvements and other areas of need: medical equipment and facilities, drinking water wells, toilet facilities, mosquito nets to prevent the spread of malaria, education, improvements to staff homes, electricity hookups, bridges and other infrastructure, and environmental restoration.
The principles that guide our fair trade practices, include:
Fair Prices: Pay farmers fair and stable prices that cover production costs and guarantee a profit, protecting farmers from volatile global markets.
Good Labour Practices: Safe working conditions, living wages and social benefits at our production plants, treatment with respect and opportunities for personal growth, gender equality, no forced labor, no child labour.
Training: Teach farmers organic practices, methods for composting, improving yield, and integrated pest management.
Fair Trade Fund: Pay 10% premium to fund community development projects, selected and administered by fair trade committees made up of community members and company representatives.
Environmental Sustainability: Implement crop diversity, organic agriculture (no synthetic inputs or pesticides) and other soil fertility measures (use of mulch, compost) for healthy, productive soil.
“We are all brothers and sisters, and we should take care of each other and ‘Spaceship Earth!’” – Emanuel Bronner
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