Maker's Mark is Largest Distillery to be B Corp Certified
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Maker’s Mark is the Largest Distillery to Achieve B Corporation Certification; Don’t Know What a B Corp is? We’ve Got You Covered

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Maker’s Mark on display at ChefDance 2019 – Day 4 during 2019 Sundance on Jan. 26, 2019 in Park City, Utah. Maker’s Mark has achieved B Corporation Certification. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for ChefDance, LLC)

Maker’s Mark announced Wednesday that it earned B Corporation Certification, which recognizes companies working to build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.

Maker’s Mark is the largest distillery in the world to achieve B Corp status and the first in Kentucky’s bourbon country.

“Since 1953, my grandparents instilled a sense of responsibility here at Maker’s Mark that started with the way we make our bourbon and extended to the way we impact the lives of our teams, our customers, our communities and our shared environment,” Rob Samuels, eighth-generation whiskey Maker and grandson of the founders at Maker’s Mark, said in a news release. “That commitment to a higher purpose continues to live on, both here in Kentucky and beyond. I am so proud of our team’s tireless efforts that have earned us B Corp certification, and I’m even more excited to continue pioneering social and environmental initiatives that benefit the future of bourbon and greater good for all.”

Maker’s Mark achieved B Corp Certification by meeting and exceeding benchmarks across five categories of the B Impact Assessment: Community, Customers, Environment, Governance and Workers.

The distillery named its environmental practices, community and philanthropic efforts and workplace opportunities for employees as reasons it earned B Corp Certification.

Maker’s Mark said in the news release that the certification is “just one step” toward its “Make Your Mark. Leave No Trace” environmentally focused mission.

More than 4,000 corporations around the world are B Corporation certified, including Patagonia, Allbirds and Sipsmith Gin.

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David Morrow is the managing editor of Whiskey Raiders and has been with the company since September 2021. David has worked in journalism since 2015 and has had bylines at Sports Illustrated, Def Pen, the Des Moines Register and the Quad City Times. David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Saint Louis University and a Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. When he’s not tasting the newest exciting whiskey releases, David enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, watching sports and traveling.