World Centric is a socially responsible company that provides zero waste solutions to reduce environmental impact. We envision a world where everyone’s basic needs are met with a beneficial impact on the environment.
World Centric was founded in 2004 to raise awareness of large-scale humanitarian and environmental issues and how our pursuit of a good life was severely degrading the planet’s ecosystems and at the same time creating vast inequalities where 2.5 billion people live on less than $2/day, without access to basic necessities such as adequate food, water, healthcare, education, housing, sanitation etc. We started by hosting award-winning documentaries and speakers on environmental, social, human rights and peace issues, offered courses on sustainability, simple living, and globalization and started to work on a Conscious Living guide. In order to be a self-sustaining organization, without requesting donations or grants, World Centric began selling Fair Trade products and compostable products in the beginning of 2005. World Centric continued to host films, speakers and offer courses alongside selling of products and registered as a taxable California Non-Profit Corporation in September 2005, with the intention of filing for a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status in 2006. However, by summer of 2006, a majority of World Centric's time and resources were going towards managing the organically growing sales of Fair Trade products and compostable products.
Between 2006 and 2009 World Centric continued to host films, speakers, and other events alongside selling compostable products ( Fair Trade products were discontinued in 2007). By 2009, sales of compostable products had become the main activity and in March 2009 World Centric® converted from a taxable non-profit to a for-profit social enterprise with the thinking that being for-profit was not incongruous with its mission to do good in the world. Since 2009, World Centric has offset all its carbon emissions from raw material to delivery, given at least 25% of its profits to grassroots social and environmental organizations (38% in 2011 and 90% in 2012) and offered discounts to schools and non-profits. World Centric became a certified B-Corp in 2010 and converted to a California Benefit Corporation in May 2013. Our mission, vision, and values have stayed the same since our founding - to make a difference and create a more just and sustainable world.