Unique Apparel Company Helps At-Risk Youth Unleash Their Creativity and Provides Funding for Youth Nonprofits
Submitted by: Tees at Risk
Posted: May 04, 2011 – 09:45 AM EST
ALLENTOWN, Pa., May 04 /CSRwire/ - Tees at Risk LLC., an apparel company whose eye-catching designs are created by at-risk teens, today announced it has achieved certification as a B Corporation, a socially responsible business designation.
Tees at Risk earned B Corporation certification for its unique "cycle of benefit" model. The company empowers young, at-risk artists to find an outlet for their artistic expression through t-shirt design and also generates funding that is distributed to nonprofits that help other at-risk youth, such as the National Runaway Switchboard (1800RUNAWAY), NY Youth at Risk and the Zula Center.
"Empowering at-risk youth and giving back are our company's missions, not just our personal goals," said Ben Wiener, co-founder of Tees at Risk. "B Corp certification shows that these values are part of our corporate DNA."
The B Corporation (B Corp) certification process was conceived and is administered by the non-profit organization B Lab. Certified B Corporations meet higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. Unlike traditional corporations, Certified B Corporations are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their employees, suppliers, community, consumers, and environment.
"Tees at Risk’s achievement of B Corp certification is the natural outgrowth our founding philosophy to being a for profit company with a non-profit mission," said Richard Kligman, Tees at Risk's other co-founder. "B Corp certification helps us communicate our unique business model and corporate purpose."
About Tees at Risk
Tees at Risk is a social-entrepreneurial venture founded in 2010 that produces and sells inspiring and thought-provoking t-shirts designed by artistic teens at risk. Tees at Risk selects a different youth-focused non-profit to receive a significant portion of the sale of each shirt design. Tees at Risk accepts design submissions from at-risk youth from all over the world and currently supports a diverse range of nonprofits that work with and support troubled youth.
For more information, please visit www.teesatrisk.com.
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