David Bronner, CEO (“Cosmic Engagement Officer”) of Dr. Bronner’s, discusses essential Earth-restoration actions and announces the Regenerative Organic Certification being launched in 2020 by an alliance of leading companies and organizations (Dr. Bronner’s, Demeter, Rodale, Patagonia, Compassion in World Farming, Kiss the Ground, 1% for the Planet, and others). This new certification focuses on three primary criteria: Soil Health, Animal Welfare, and Social Fairness.
The grandson of founder Emanuel Bronner, David also discusses the family’s unique legacy, including many of the socially and environmentally sustainable practices at Dr. Bronners, which generates over $100,000,000 in annual revenue with approximately 225 employees. Dr. Bronners is a leading purveyor of organic and biodegradable soap and personal care products, sourcing sustainably grown hemp seed oil, coconut oil, and essential oils from fair trade farms world-wide. Famous for the “Moral ABC’s” printed on Dr. Bronner’s soap bottles, the company is guided by a deep ethical commitment to people and planet that is rooted in spiritual consciousness.
Under David’s and his brother Michael’s leadership, the Dr. Bronner’s has grown from $4 million in 1998 to over $111 million in annual revenue in 2019. David was born in Los Angeles, California in 1973 and earned an undergraduate degree in biology from Harvard University. David and Michael established Dr. Bronner’s as a sustainable leader in the natural products industry by becoming one of the first body care brands to formulate with hemp seed oil in 1999 and to certify its soaps, lotions, balms, and other personal care products under the USDA National Organic Program in 2003. Both actions resulted in high-profile litigation with government agencies, DEA and USDA respectively, that Dr. Bronner’s ultimately won, cementing Dr. Bronner’s activist orientation in the natural products marketplace. Over the years, David and Dr. Bronner’s have been key leaders in fights for GMO labeling, industrial hemp farming in the U.S., high-bar organic and fair trade standards, cannabis reform, and a fair minimum wage. Today, David is helping to lead the effort to establish the Regenerative Organic Certified standard, dedicating time and re-sources to creating an integrated, comprehensive program that addresses soil health, animal welfare, and fair labor practices to advance sustainable and ecological alter-natives to industrial agriculture.
Dr. Bronner’s partners with certified Fair Trade projects to source all major ingredients, including olive oil from Palestine and Israel, coconut oil from Sri Lanka, pepper-mint oil from India, and sustainable palm oil from Ghana.
Connect and More Information at:
Regenerative Organic Certification: https://regenorganic.org
Entheogenic Healing: https://psi-2020.org