The company ranked in the top 5% of all B corps for that category in its repsective size group, with the distillery earning the honour based on initiatives surrounding renewable energy, organic barley and its 100% recycled clear glass bottling.
In 2021, Nc’nean became the first whisky distillery in the UK to be verified as net zero for its own operations, which has played a major part in its recognition.
Founder Annabel Thomas commented on her company's recognition: “As a small, passionate team we are incredibly proud to have achieved this accolade, which reflects our deep-rooted commitment to championing the most sustainable production processes. We are extremely pleased with our very high score of 73.3 under the environmental stewardship section and being championed as one of the top 5% of B Corps in our size group for that category worldwide is a fantastic achievement! We are not afraid to challenge perceptions of the way things should be done in the whisky industry and will continue to pioneer best practice with our ongoing environmental initiatives.”
Best for the world recognises annually the top performing B Corps creating positive impacts in their industries. All full list are available on the B Corp website.
Dan Osusky, Head of Standards and Insights at B Lab Global, said the following on its annual honours list: "Each Best for the World edition is an opportunity to raise the bar for how businesses can and should operate to create real and lasting positive impact for their workers, customers, communities, and the environment. While no company is perfect and even the best companies can and should continue to strive to improve, the B Corps recognised as Best for the World can provide us all — standards setters, B Corps, non B Corps, and sustainability advocates — with inspiration on what true leadership in business can look like to make progress on addressing our current global challenges.”
Nc’nean began distilling in March 2017 and had a very clear objective early in its production process to do things differently, with the ethos of sustainable production embedded in everything it does.