SUSTAINABILITY

Hemp with a Conscience

Our 175-year-old history with hops has made us an expert both in our field and in the field, which never could have been achieved without embracing the concept of sustainability. Now as one of the largest hemp production and processing organizations in North America, sustainability remains as important a guiding light as ever. As well it should. Nothing could be more symbolic of sustainability than the hemp plant itself.

Hempsteiner's Three Pillars of Sustainability

Three Pillars of Sustainability

For any business to truly be sustainable, it must embrace the Three Pillars of Sustainability: 

PLANET: Environmental Stewardship
PEOPLE: Social Equity & Corporate Social Responsibility 
PROFIT: Economic Development 

Our voluntary certifications keep us accountable for our sustainability program, while constantly inspiring us to find new ways of reaching our goals, improving our systems and creating more equitable relationships. We can only meet our business goals when all of our stakeholders benefit.

 

Hemp as a Sustainable Crop & Livelihood

Both hops and hemp belong to the family of plants known as Cannabaceae. As sister plants, it was only logical that Hopsteiner would “branch out” into the hemp world and establish Hempsteiner. As one of the leading global producer-processors of hops, we recognized the tremendous crossover between how hemp and hops are processed. As we further delved into the prospect of growing hemp, we found that using hemp as a transitional crop between perennial plantings provided significant benefit to the soil and helped ensure the farm didn’t lose revenue in a transitional year. Hemp is truly the ideal sustainable plant. 

The synergies between the processing of hemp and hops also made this venture attractive. Both plants are grown and harvested for their novel phytochemistry and need to be harvested at the peak of maturity, skillfully dried, and then extracted to retain the goodness. Including hemp into our business strategy enabled us to maximize the use of our drying and extraction equipment and capacity. This also allowed us to extend the growing season to provide a longer work period for our seasonal team. Learn more about our farming practices.

Our Certifications

We are proud to be engaging with internationally recognizable organizations and certifying bodies of all kinds. We are currently seeking to extend the quality and sustainability certifications we already have at our processing plants and hops ranches to include our emerging hemp production, as well. While some of these bodies address our processing and agricultural practices, some also address worker safety, hygiene and corporate social responsibility, among others. 

Picture of Hempsteiner's Community outreach

Community & Service

As a family-owned company, the concept of family is very important to us. Our notion of family extends to our hometown of Yakima, Washington, where we actively invest, volunteer, and donate to nonprofits and community organizations that we believe in.

Our Certifications

We are in the process of expanding our GLOBAL G.A.P. (Good Agricultural Practices) certification to include hemp farming, a rigorous certification process that considers worker and contractor health; safety and welfare; sustainable farming and land management practices; reporting systems; hygiene and food safety; and complete traceability. All of our 2020 crop will be GLOBAL G.A.P. certified.

Both our farms and processing plants are certified to handle and process both organic hops and hemp. Again, this requires attention to detail: complete separation and traceability of the different products, following approved organic processing and farming procedures, and a commitment to clean and well-organized facilities.

All of our processing plants operate under a Quality Management System (QMS) that is ISO 9001:2015 Management System certification, an internationally recognized standard that validates the quality of our manufacturing, including everything from our organizational structure and leadership to systems to improve customer satisfaction.

By virtue of our compliance with both the ISO 9001:2015 standard, as well as the GLOBAL G.A.P. standards, we are a recognized sustainable organization and quality-driven organization operating in a sustainable manner.

In addition, we are currently registered with EcoVadis and Sedex, and the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI), to ensure the transparency of our sustainability and corporate social responsibility practices through our supply chain. We are also certified with Kosher and Halal to comply with the growing and processing standards for those certifications.

Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. We will update this information as it changes.