Code of Ethics
The purpose of this Code of Ethics is to act as a guide for our team to operate and excel in a professional, ethical manner at Brew Dr. It recognizes our responsibilities to act intelligently, ethically, and sustainably within the organization and provides a framework for how we connect with our customers, suppliers, partners, colleagues and the world at large.
The Purpose and Values of the Business
Our mission at Brew Dr. is to explore tea, thoughtfully. We work to craft quality, tasty tea beverages with thoughtful care for our people, ingredients, and the planet.
Transparency and accountability are the bedrock of our organization. We will strive to continuously improve as we foster an open and honest relationship with our customers.
Brew Dr. specializes in crafting deliciously refreshing, organic tea-based beverages using sustainable and responsible business practices. Founded in 2008 by Matt Thomas, we employ the same no shortcuts, whole ingredients approach that we have used since we started out in the basement of our NE Portland Teahouse. Our closed-loop brewing process, local community support, and sustainability initiatives are the result of our commitment to using business as a force for good, balancing profit with purpose, and considering people and planet in the decisions we make.
Treaty Land and First Peoples Acknowledgement
At Brew Dr, we respectfully acknowledge that every bottle we create is done so on the colonized land of the Tualatin Kalapuyas. They called themselves the Atfalati, the descendants of whom are now part of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community.
We respect the Treaties made on these territories and recognize that we must understand the history of this land and our place within it. We are responsible for learning this history of colonization and genocide of Indigenous people. This Treaty Land and First Peoples Acknowledgement is one small step in an ongoing commitment at Brew Dr. to improve our support of Indigenous communities in the surrounding area.
We seek to nurture the health, well-being, talent, education, and skills and livelihoods of our employees. In turn, we hope that our team will be respectful of our customers, colleagues, business partners, and the community outside the company.
We strive to honor the diversity of our team and to promote their ideas, work, and aspirations. We seek to create an organization in which the skills and talents of each employee are best used to help us achieve our overarching goals. All employees have access to a regularly updated employee handbook that provides details about benefits, travel, volunteering, and other work-related information. Discrimination of any kind is not consistent with our mission and values, and it will not be tolerated.
We are committed to following all applicable employment laws and regulations.
Confidential information includes supplier information, Brew Dr. technologies, recipes, formulas, business and marketing plans, certain internal company communications, and existing and future product information. Confidential information employees learn on the job about Brew Dr. should be used only for company purposes and should not be disclosed to anyone outside the company. Within the company, employees should only disclose this information to other employees who need to know the information to perform their job duties. Employees who leave Brew Dr. are expected to return all company materials and property.
As a condition of employment, Brew Dr. employees must be familiar with the Organic Trade Association Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and conduct themselves in accordance with it. This code includes core ethical guidelines that align with our business values. For example, we seek for our team to “support the establishment of an entire production, processing and distribution chain which is both socially just and ecologically responsible.”
We expect our employees to act with integrity and transparency at all times. This includes avoiding any conflicts of interest. A conflict of interest exists when a personal interest or activity interferes or appears to interfere with the duties that you perform for Brew Dr. or the decisions you make on Brew Dr.’s behalf.
We expect that all employees will treat customers courteously and kindly. And, when issues do arise, we will address these fairly and appropriately. In turn, we expect our vendors and customers to treat our employees the same. We believe in fair pricing and in honoring agreements in good faith. We will do our best to send timely invoices and we expect to be paid by customers in a timely manner as well.
As a privately held company, we hope that employees, partners, and colleagues will treat our collective time, technology, and financial resources with respect and with care. This protects the large investment that Brew Dr., its partners, and customers have made in the organization.
Brew Dr. was first founded as a neighborhood tea shop. We relied on fellow small businesses, local partners, and community support to grow our effort. As we’ve scaled, we’ve continued to place importance on using local relationships to source our tea and herbs, as well as our bottles and other packaging. We strive to support and partner with other B Corps and minority-owned businesses in line with our social justice initiatives.
Brew Dr. Kombucha values the trust placed in us by our customers, stakeholders, and employees to conduct business in an ethical manner. To support us in preserving this trust, we count on our network of suppliers to conduct business with integrity, treat their employees with dignity and respect, and be responsible global citizens. We communicate with our suppliers on an ongoing basis to acknowledge these values as stated in our Supplier Code of Conduct.
We work to be an ally to our community. We at Brew Dr. are committed to giving back to our local community, prioritizing support of environmental and social justice-driven nonprofits. We joined 1% for the Planet to support environmentally-driven nonprofits. We established ‘Local Love,’ a paid time off program for our employees to volunteer at an organization of their choice. In 2020 we created ‘Uplift our Community,’ donating 1% of the revenue from our Uplift products to organizations focused on racial justice.
All businesses make a footprint on the environment. From the glass we source to the utilities that run our brewery, emissions are all around us. Our first priority is reducing our point-source emissions, or emissions coming from our facilities and delivery vehicles. And where emissions are inevitable, we purchase carbon offsets from Bonneville Environmental Foundation to put those emissions back in the ground. View our emissions by sector >>
Review and Accessibility
We will review this code of ethics annually to ensure that it reflects our values, our communications and our actions. In keeping with our commitment to transparency and accountability, this code of ethics will be posted publicly online.
Brew Dr. relies on our employees, customers, suppliers, partners, and others to hold us accountable and let us know if we are not living up to the guidelines set forth in our Code of Ethics. As an organization that is constantly striving to improve and grow, we welcome your feedback. We do not tolerate retaliation against any employee who raises concerns or questions in good faith regarding a potential violation of our Code of Ethics.
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