We love being a part of great things! We're so lucky to live in a country with a high standard of living, and work in an industry that supports diversity and inclusiveness. As a successful company, we feel it's our duty to give back to our community through donations and volunteer hours, be a part of groups pushing our city forward, and do our part towards cutting our carbon emissions.
Here are some of the great organisations we support:
Brown Bagging for Calgary Kids
When our "Yellow Beast" delivery vehicle isn't being used, our team take turns delivering healthy lunches to schools for Brown Bagging for Calgary Kids, to students who would otherwise go hungry. Kids can't learn or thrive on an empty stomach - so Brown Bagging provides lunch to over 4,200 Calgary kids each day.
Our Calgary warehouse, showroom and offices are 100% wind powered by Bullfrog Power. We pay more for our utilities to ensure that we are using green, clean, renewable energy. Bullfrog also funds new clean energy projects across Canada.
UPS Carbon Neutral Shipping
The nature of our business means we ship a lot of packages. And shipping has an environmental impact. We've partnered with UPS to offset the carbon of every package and all freight we send out. We pay an additional fee on our shipping charges to make our shipments carbon neutral, and UPS uses that contribution to support projects such as the Garcia River Forest in the United States, Fujian Landfill Gas in China, La Pradera Landfill Gas in Colombia, and Cholburi Wastewater Biogas-to-Energy in Thailand.
Calgary Chamber of Commerce
The Calgary Chamber of Commerce has been around since 1891, and helped turn Calgary from a prairie town into the thriving entrepreneurial hotspot it is today. The Chamber helps Calgary businesses build relationships, form mentorships, and advocates to government on behalf of businesses. We've met a lot of like-minded businesses during our time as members, and have had the opportunity to speak at Chamber events, and attend high profile international speaking sessions.
Inn from the Cold
Inn from the Cold provides shelter, meals, and support to homeless children and their families in Calgary. When we hold an event at Eight Ounce, we collect needed items for the shelter. Our team also volunteers in their kitchen a few times a year.
Specialty Coffee Association of Canada
SCA Canada is the Canadian National Chapter of the Specialty Coffee Association. Not only does one of the owners of Eight Ounce serve on the board of SCA Canada, but as a company we are also very involved in sponsoring and organising the many events that take place throughout the year such as Barista Competition, Cup Tasters, Brewers Cup and many others.
Specialty Coffee Association Member
We have been members of the SCA since we first started Eight Ounce. The Specialty Coffee Association is a nonprofit, membership-based organization that represents thousands of coffee professionals, from producers to baristas all over the world. Built on foundations of openness, inclusivity, and the power of shared knowledge, the SCA acts as a unifying force within the specialty coffee industry – invested in creating a worldwide circle of like-minded professionals.