1% of Sales Recipients
Although Zimt was founded in a time of utter confusion, one element has remained constant, clear, and unwavering this entire time. That is- to do good.
We aim to bring you delicious, ethical, caring treats. Treats that most people would think impossible to make without dairy products, whose counterparts often contain ingredients harvested by modern slaves, and whose packaging will take hundreds of years to degrade.
We want to go a little further than that, though. So, we have committed to donating 1% of all of our sales to charities that support our goals- to help those in the greatest need.
This was our goal. And for a while, we have not been meeting it- things changed when we had to move from co-packing to our own manufacturing facility. Essentially, equipment purchases, a massive rent spike and far more overhead in general have completely dwindled our profits- we can still cover raw materials, labour, overhead, and often, the unexpected like random equipment repairs (*fingers crossed for not replacements*), but we are still only about 62% of where we were prior to being 'renovicted' from our co-packer.
Here's our new goal.
1% is nice- its a catchy, easy-to-remember number with a big organization associated with it (we don't work with them, due to their admin fees, but donate directly). And 1% isn't nothing- if it is between anything less than 1% and 1%, 1% is better. In our books, remember, this is 1% of sales not 1% of profits (which is really not that impressive, if you think about it- and is also pretty ambiguous. Net or gross...?)
We don't want a number, we want a philosophy. And that is big, coming from me, Emma, the numbers nerd. I don't prioritize this to skirt any concrete obligations. Rather, it will allow for us to go beyond and number- and purposefully so.
Many large organizations could donate 1%. Most could donate way more than 1%.
So why don't they? Where does that money go?
Well, as far as I can tell- a few places:
1. Inflated executive and board compensation nobody needs a private jet, Bentley, nor mansion. (And if these things bring a person 'happiness' they may not understand what happiness is.). If compensation at any organization allows for extravagant lifestyle elements such as these, while so much suffering and want for very basics exist for most of the world, it is not only a waste, but a disgusting display of mockery. We won't waste money like this, and we won't treat the rest of the earth's inhabitants with senseless disregard. So, that will hopefully free up some cash, one day.
2. Wasted resources this is a greyer area. Look, the world is still increasing in population, and automation is becoming more employed than ever (not always in the wisest ways but, another story for another day). The stories I hear about 'the workplace' is kind of baffling- do you work to make a salary or do you waste time, ie commit wage theft? Everybody needs a break now and again- it's important for mental health and productivity, too. But goofing off all day or filling positions at a company without purpose is wasteful- that person could be doing something more valuable and the company could be doing something more virtuous with that salary.
3. P&Ls Showing too much profit? Want to 'invest' back into the organization? Don't research the ROI on doing so with the method you are most familiar with? Well, go ahead and book that opulent 'staff retreat' - everybody needs to recharge at a resort out of country, and I'm sure all staff want to hang out with their boss in exotic locations. One example. Why not coordinate a volunteer day and, book a day at the spa for your staff. (*GOALS.*) The spa costs money so it'll show more expenses, and the volunteer day will feed your soul.
Anyway. Some fine beings and causes we would rather support include, but are definitely not limited to, the following:
100 For Haiti: This organization does incredible work, with facets that would greatly benefit even the most economically thriving of countries. While they provide the poorest of the poor with long term solutions to their basic needs being securely met ( safe water sources and roof replacement for homes otherwise, would be unsafe to live in) they go a step further. Sexual assault of women and children is rampant in southern Haiti. As a response, they have set up a team of social work volunteers to educate citizens about sexual assault and abuse, and how to prevent them.
We need this everywhere- well done, 100 for Haiti!
Hearts on Noses: True blue is where HON is at! This organization is very volunteer dependent and spearheaded by founder Janice Gillet. The sanctuary offers respite to over 40 pigs (and a few other animals, too) - some of whom would otherwise have been led to slaughter for food. The organization also adamantly promotes a compassionate, vegan lifestyle. Unlike other 'sanctuaries', the animals at Hearts on Noses are not purchased from auctions. Other animal 'rescues' will actually go and buy animals from auctions, thus perpetuating the demand for these auctions to supply animals. They also are careful to not let the animals they rescue breed- there are already so many animals that need a space to live, more do not need to be created.
These basic aspects are sometimes neglected at animal sanctuaries- Hearts on Noses has their heart, and mind, in the right place.
Danzig's Roost: Guess who lay eggs? Well, among a number of animals, chickens do. Guess who don not? (Again, lots of us, but... that's not what we are getting at here). Roosters do not lay eggs. Did you ever think about what happens to roosters? Ok, here's the thing: humans eat a lot of eggs. Roosters do not lay eggs. Roosters fertilize eggs to make more chicks (both male and female), but you don't need nearly as many roosters as you do chickens to keep the egg supply bumpin'.
So what does this mean? It means that millions of male chicks are ground up into fertilizer and pet food, or suffocated, or simply thrown into dumpsters, because they are useless to us to provide eggs.
It doesn't matter if the eggs you buy say they are 'natural', or 'cage free' or 'free range'- unless they are an absolute minutely unusual case, those eggs mean many ground up baby roosters.
Not many of us know that. But the folks at Danzig's Roost do and decided it was high time to rescue some roosters. They provide a safe, loving, lifetime respite for farmed rescue animals- many of whom are roosters.
So, now you know. Thanks for eating our chocolate- not eggs!
Home for Hooves: New to our line up- and we are so happy to be making chocolate to support two of the very special residents- Wilma and Koda. Please check them out to learn more about these special beings and to support the compassionate work they do.