B Lab came out with the top 10%
According to B Lab, at least. After giving a rigorous assessment to its member companies, the organization that certifies triple-bottom-line businesses found that these had risen to the top.
B Lab, the nonprofit that certifies B Corporations–companies that meet strict legal accountability, environmental, and social performance standards–has only been around for half a decade. During that time, over 500 companies throughout the U.S. registered as B Corporations.
All the certified corporations have been evaluated with the B Impact Assessment, a free sustainability management tool, to benchmark their success. Using those scores, B Lab has culled the best of the best–the companies that have the highest social and environmental impact out of all the corporations that meet B Lab’s standards for certification. These companies, which all scored in the top 10% on the B Impact Assessment, embody the triple bottom line.
The B Impact Assessment looked at three categories. First, how a company affects the environment, measured by the footprint of its products, manufacturing, and supply chain. Second, community, as measured by things like labor practices, company diversity, and charitable giving. Finally, the B Impact Assessment looks at a company’s workers: how much they’re compensated, whether they’re offered benefits or training programs, and generally whether the corporate culture supports them.
When all these factors were added up, B Lab came out with the top 10%: Better World Books, Global Green Energy Corp, Green Building Services, Larry’s Beans, Method Home Products, Moving Forward Education, Namaste Solar, New Resource Bank, Next Street, Partnership Capital Growth, Piedmont Biofuels, PREM Group, Re:Vision Architecture, RecycleBank, South Mountain Company, Southern Energy Management, SQA Pharmacy Services, The Redwoods Group, and Virginia Community Capital.
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