Back in 1995 Bill and Katie started making Badger Balm in the kitchen of their home with the support and help of their daughters Mia, Emily, and Rebecca. Now Bill is the CEO, Katie is the COO, Emily is the Director of Sales & Marketing, Rebecca is the Director of Product Development, and Mia is a Human Resources consultant. Emily has a little girl, Maya, who came to work as part of Badger’s Babies at Work program.
Badger is a small, family-owned & family-friendly company nestled on the banks of the Ashuelot River in rural Gilsum, New Hampshire. They blend organic plant extracts, exotic oils and butters and beeswax, and make healing balms, lip balms, safe mineral sunscreens and other personal care products that work and feel remarkably good. Badger products are uniquely formulated blends of the finest organic ingredients available anywhere in the world. Their Philosophy of Formulation is simple: make products for people they love, and then share them with the world. They combine years of tradition, research, and lots of love to create products that work as well as you expect them to.
They hold every single ingredient to the “Badger Natural Standard”, a rigorous look at the growth, sustainability, and supply chain of each ingredient they use. That means that when you use Badger products, you can be sure that you are using the purest, most natural products available. And because the USDA Organic Certification is a food-grade standard, their ingredients are even pure enough to eat!
That’s the Badger difference, and what makes Badger unique.
The Badger business is devoted to and built around the principles of kindness and compassion. Below are just some of the ways in which we support the people we work with, our suppliers, our community, and the people we serve.
In 2011, Badger became a Certified Benefit Corporation, which means a third party certifier rated our company’s social responsibility performance, and offered guidance for how to continually improve our business practices. In 2013, we were rated in the top 10% of all B Corps!
We support farmers and farming communities, as well as our customers: As a Certified Organic company, our purchasing practices always put health of product for our customers and health of farmer community first by using Certified Organic ingredients in our products. In addition to our organic requirement, whenever possible we use ethically sourced ingredients in our products including Certified Fair Trade ingredients. Additionally, we serve a Certified Organic lunch to our employees every day and drink Organic Fair Trade coffees and teas. All snacks in our company store are either Certified Organic or from sustainable, local farms. Charitable Giving: Badger donates 10% of before-tax profits or $10,000 (whichever is greater) to non-profit organizations that focus on the health & welfare of children, local organizations serving the community, and the promotion of peace. Most years, the amount we donate is over 5x’s our minimum. We also match appropriate employee donations up to $100. Paid Company Community Service: Twice a year Badger employees participate in a roadside clean-up. This is scheduled during a normal work day and all employees are paid for their service. Also, Badger employees are paid to volunteer their time for environmental and community projects during the year. Ecology Center Workshops: Badger offers workshops to the community including Composting, Orchard cultivation, Planning your Flower Garden, and Healthy Beekeeping. These are open to the public, and are on a voluntary donation basis.