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At the heart of Zen of Slow Cooking is our desire to create an inclusive economy. 

Our social impact is assessed as part of our B Corp certification, to demonstrate that our business meets the highest standards of verified social performance.

Providing employment for adults with developmental challenges 
We are committed to helping individuals with developmental disabilities through our employment model. And in turn, you can feel good knowing the spices you buy from us are enriching lives.

The employment gap - Zen of Slow Cooking is based in Illinois, where only 25% of people with disabilities are employed. For adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, that number drops to just 9%. 

Creating sustainable employment - With our belief that everyone has something positive to contribute to the world, we approached a local social enterprise to partner with us to pack and ship our spice blends.

Our committed partner - Planet Access Company was founded in 1997 by Search, Inc. They are committed to expanding employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Now 40% of their permanent team members are individuals with disabilities.

Handled with care - Planet Access Company store, package and ship hundreds of our spices blends each month, and along the way adults with disabilities take care of that journey, helping our Zen Blends find their way to stores and customers around the country.


    Supporting communities  

    Local events - We support events in the community which share our values. We have collaborated with local partners to promote health & wellness, cancer research, Fairtrade, sustainable business (find out more about B Corp) and more. Need our support for your event? Learn about how we are giving back.

    Community dinners - We believe in bringing people together over a shared meal to foster deeper connection. We co-hosted a dinner with Community Dining (Chicago) on Conscious Governing, we partake in global community dining with 91 Ways in England and new friends Amal in Marrakech, as well as bringing people together in our own homes. Inspired to do the same? Find out how we can help you host a Zen dinner.

    Giving back - Since the very beginning, we have worked with a number of non-profit organizations to help them raise awareness and funds to support their work. We have focused on issues close to our mission, such as food scarcity, learning disabilities and health issues. Need our support for your cause? Spread Some Zen.

    Teaching - From cooking classes to in-store demos, we love to help people gain the confidence to cook a meal for themselves. Our classes have included children with learning disabilities and underserved populations. 


          See Meg & Jane in action with members of Project 1212, part of Urban Autism Solutions.