Day 16 – I have heard of B-Corporations, but I can honestly say I did not pay much attention to them. I have even made some purchases from some Certified B-Corporations without even realizing, some more (Ben & Jerry’s) than others (Patagonia).
“Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.” – About B Corps
After learning more about B-Corporations and the certification process, it became very clear that any company displaying the Certified B-Corporation label is a company that is setting the “gold standard for good business”.
“Certifying as a B Corporation goes beyond product- or service-level certification. B Corp Certification is the only certification that measures a company’s entire social and environmental performance. The B Impact Assessment evaluates how your company’s operations and business model impact your workers, community, environment, and customers. From your supply chain and input materials to your charitable giving and employee benefits, B Corp Certification proves your business is meeting the highest standards of verified performance.” – B-Corporation
So, be on the look out for these companies that place the highest priority on their employees, communities and the environment. I will be highlighting a few B-Corporation companies throughout the year.
If you would like to verify a company’s certification or find a business in a particular industry or location, check out the B-Corp Directory.
Tomorrow, companies on the other end of the spectrum.