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OTEP Becomes Windsor/Essex's First Certified B Corporation

Submitted by: OTEP Inc.

Categories: Health & Wellness, Human Resources & Diversity

Posted: May 08, 2013 – 07:14 PM EST

 

WINDSOR, O.N., May 08 /CSRwire/ - The Online Testing & Evaluation Platform (www.OTEP.com  announced today that they have been certified as a B Corporation. They are the first company in Windsor/Essex to meet the rigorous standards required to achieve the prestigious B Corp status.

Leading a global movement to redefine success in business, B Corps create higher quality jobs and improve the quality of life in our communities. As a Certified B Corporation, OTEP voluntarily meets a higher standard of transparency, accountability, and performance, harnessing the power of business to solve social and economic problems.  As of February 2013 there are more than 690 Certified B Corporations in a diverse multi-billion dollar marketplace spanning over 60 industries and 24 countries.

“It’s not ok to just do business anymore.” says Rob Whent, OTEP’s President and CEO. “Our company is socially and environmentally responsible in every way and we are very excited to be B Corp certified.” Now, unlike traditional corporations, OTEP will join other Certified B Corporations and will be legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their employees, suppliers, community, consumers, and environment. “We are all connected in this global economy and we all need to do our part” Whent said.

OTEP is working closely with the Human Development Technologies Research Group (http://ihdt.ca/) at the University of Windsor, the Ontario Brain Institute (http://www.braininstitute.ca/) and WEtech Alliance (www.WEtech-Alliance.com) Windsor’s technology and innovation accelerator, part of the Ontario Network of Excellence.

About OTEP Inc.

OTEP Inc. (www.OTEP.com) was founded in Windsor in 2010 by Rob Whent, a serial entrepreneur and digital visionary that has dedicated his company to helping families with children struggling in school overcome barriers to effective help. Their product Think2Learn™ uses videogames to identify and improve cognitive weaknesses in school-aged children, and helps parents navigate the often difficult path of helping their child succeed at home and at school.

About B Corp

Certified B Corporations meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests, and build a collective voice through the power of the unifying B Corporation brand. As of February 2013, there are more than 690 Certified B Corporations from over 60 industries and 24 countries, representing a diverse multi-billion dollar marketplace.

About B Lab

B Lab is a non-profit organization dedicated to using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Lab drives systemic change through three interrelated initiatives: 1) building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between “good companies” and just good marketing; 2) accelerating the growth of the impact investing asset class through use of B Lab’s GIIRS impact rating system by institutional investors; and 3) promoting supportive public policies, including creation of a new corporate form and tax, procurement, and investment incentives for sustainable business. The MaRS Centre for Impact Investing in Toronto has a unique partnership with B Lab, acting as the Canadian Certified B Corporation Hub, with the aim of growing the B Corp community in Canada.

For more information, please contact:

Rob Whent President
Phone: 519-562-1369
Twitter: @swento

 

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