Fatso is a public benefit company. That means we do not prioritize profit and seek to provide a benefit to our community at-large. To date we are the only nut butter company in Canada that is certified BCorp and one of only three in North America. Internally, we aim to continue to serve and benefit our employees. Fatso is 75% women owned and is also 75% female staffed. Our employees are our greatest asset. That means taking into account quality of life, job fulfillment, and workplace equity. Fatso offers all employees unlimited vacation time and flexible working hours. We don’t hold our employees to a 40 hour/5 day work week. Rather we place importance on productivity and task completion. We have paid sick leave, bereavement leave, mental health days, and last-minute-I-need-to-go-out-into-the-wide-blue-yonder leave. We also have a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in all job postings.
Peers Micro Grant
Our love for Peers runs deep! Peers Victoria is a multi-service grassroots agency that was established by, with, and for sex workers in 1995. Our founder Jill Van Gyn, is a member of their board and is always looking for ways to better support their incredible work. This year we established the annual Peers Micro Grant Program. These small grants of $250 are designed to provide highly accessible, low barrier opportunities to current and former sex workers associated with Peers. We welcomed projects of all kinds this year including sex positive toy reviews, upcycled taxidermy, new dance shoes, and tech support for new businesses!
Check out this incredible piece of spoken word titled "Bimbo". Written and performed by Sarah, a member of Peers.
Trans Refugee Support Initiative
Fatso provides monthly support for a trans refugee-led initiative that provides safe housing and materials to trans refugees in Kenya and Uganda. Run by Victoria-based activist Seagirl Abuson, this initiative helps to fund safe houses, daily needs, and social activities for trans refugees living in camps as they try to find safe-harbour in LGBTQ+ safe countries. To donate please visit Support Seagirl Supporting LGBTQ+.
LGBTQ+ Youth Pride Grant
As Pride imagery becomes more ubiquitous among companies and corporations, we wanted to ensure that we are going beyond just changing our logo to a rainbow to show our support. In 2021 we launched our Victoria Pride Youth Grant. This grant will give $1000 to an aspiring artist, business person, or activist to help them pursue their goals. LGBTQ+ youth need our love and support more than ever and we are pleased to step into our vibrant community to provide both support and funding.
Fatso’s robust social media platform has been built by community far and wide who believe in what we do. We believe that when we build a strong community it truly belongs to everyone. That’s why we regularly give up our platform to spotlight individuals who represent the diversity in the broad spectrum of health and wellness. People of every background, colour, and ability should have access to health and wellness, fitness, and outdoor spaces. We have been fortunate enough to have many people challenging what it means to be represented in health and wellness come over to the @eatfatso instagram account and share their experiences and stories with our audience.
Covid Community Response
When the 2020 Covid pandemic hit, Fatso shifted into high gear to ensure our community was cared for. We immediately started a grocery donation program, picking up excess emergency foods and delivering them to underserved organizations. We started the Safety Sandwich Program, making and delivering over 300 sandwiches a week to outreach organizations. We conducted fundraisers to purchase much needed food and toiletries from our distributors. Throughout the year Fatso donated over $200,000 worth of peanut butter to organizations locally, across Canada, and into the United States. We have always been advocates for food security and the pandemic presented us with an opportunity to step up to the plate.
City/Beach/Waterway Clean Ups by Fatso
Fatso is founded and run in beautiful Victoria BC, Canada. This year, as masks come off and end up on our streets we thought it would be a good time to start helping our city feel beautiful and welcoming again. Our first annual City/Beach/Waterway Clean Ups will focus on clearing out pandemic-related garbage such as masks and gloves and getting that post-summer trash off our beaches and into the cans and recycling bins.
Plastic jars. There we said it. We know it’s bad and we are working everyday to find innovative solutions to the plastic problem. Many say - “hey why don’t you just switch to glass?”. Great question! One of our focuses is cost accessibility. By switching to glass we are going to start pricing people out of the market. Is it more environmentally sustainable? You bet. Can everyone afford Fatso in glass jars? Nope. We have developed our recipes to be the most nutrient dense, flavourful, and cost competitive nut butter on the market. We are looking to shift to post-consumer recycled material as soon as possible and will always strive to find a solution to this issue. That said, our jars are 100% recyclable from label to lid! We’ve produced this short video to help you in your recycling efforts!
Participatory Activism: Day In Day Out
At Fatso we will never limit ourselves to just one cause. We have ones that are close to our hearts but the social and political landscape is ever changing and new issues, causes, and fights for justice won’t slow down for us to catch up. Sometimes activism requires quick actions, reactive support, and most importantly, meaningful participation. We have backed many issues over the years including trans rights, harm reduction, support for the unhoused, Black Lives Matter, Indigenous sovereignty efforts, old growth forest protection, body positivity and many more. We will never voice our support or post about any issue without making a monetary contribution, engaging in direct action, or passing our platform up to leaders to have their voices heard.