We work directly with spice farms and above fair trade prices for spices grown with the highest standards in environmental and social responsibility. We also PRE-PAY farmers to assist with their cash flow.
Sourcing from origin highlights the terroir of spices from specific regions (just like wine), adding edible luxury, creativity and intense flavor to your cooking.
By sourcing specialty spices directly we are working to disrupt conventional supply chains and reverse the exploitive practices put in place due to colonization. Commodity spices are built on a system that keeps people in poverty around the world, and continues a history of exploitive practices built by white people. We strive to de-commodify and decolonize the spice trade.
We are 100% women owned, and we seek to support gender equality and female empowerment by sourcing from women-owned businesses as well as spice cooperatives that contribute to female education and improved livelihoods.
We continue to discuss racism and allyship as a team, sharing resources to further education in our DEIJ program. We are working together to identify changes we need to make in our business, especially as we grow, and using our creative strengths to deepen the material impact we have in the area of social responsibility.
We strive to make an impact on climate resilience by doing the following: choosing ocean freight for imports whenever possible, sourcing organically produced spices and herbs whenever possible, sourcing locally for packaging, spices and services locally whenever possible.
At both our production facility and storefront we participate in composting programs, water monitoring and low energy devices.
We support our community and local economy by sourcing from Massachusetts and New England farms.
The Lab @ Curio, our culinary education hub, is our community space where we host free and ticketed events to engage with and support our community. We also contribute to local education initiatives in the greater Boston area where Curio is based .
Curio is proud to be a certified B Corps™. We are certified by the non-profit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. The performance standards set by the B Lab are comprehensive, transparent and verified.
To maintain our certification, we undergo periodic audits of our business practices and our impact on all of our stakeholders, including but not limited to our commitments to our farmers, communities, employees and the environment. This process is thorough, and it forces us to reflect deeply on every aspect of our business. We commit to learning from this process, and to using our assessment report to identify areas for ongoing improvements.
Certified B Corporations® are for-profit companies that use the power of business to build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.
In addition, we are formally committed to donating at least 1% of our annual revenue to charities that align with our mission.