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Falcon & Singer P.C. Becomes the First Law Firm in New Jersey and the Second Law Firm in New York to Achieve Certified B Corporation Status
Submitted by: Falcon & Singer P.C.
Posted: Jun 21, 2013 – 02:22 PM EST
NEW YORK, Jun. 21 /CSRwire/ - Going beyond the concept of a traditional law firm, Falcon & Singer P.C., a boutique law firm with offices in Westchester County, New York, and Bergen County, New Jersey, is proud to announce its certification as a B Corporation. The certification demonstrates the firm’s commitment to social responsibility, economic performance, transparency and accountability.
The firm joins a new and growing class of companies that use the power of business to help to resolve social and economic problems. Leading a global movement to redefine success in business, Certified B Corporations are a new kind of company with a positive vision of a better way to do business. Certified B Corporations must meet rigorous, comprehensive and transparent performance standards that measure a company’s impact on its clients, employees, suppliers, community and the environment.
“Our mission is to practice law at the highest quality and ethical levels in a manner which benefits our clients, empowers our employees, supports our communities and minimizes our environmental impact,” said Douglas Singer, a Principal of Falcon & Singer P.C. “We became a B Corp because those are the same values that power the B Corp community. B Corp certification provides us with a third party set of standards by which we can assess our progress in meeting those goals and which help guide us in our internal decision-making.”
Already having been recognized for its legal ability and ethical standards, Falcon & Singer P.C. has endeavored to create a new standard for law firms. “In the way we define our mission and work to fulfil it,” Raymond Falcon, a principal of Falcon & Singer P.C., said, “we endeavor to lead by example and to inspire others to set similar goals and act with integrity, honesty and respect for others.”
In its work with underserved communities (e.g., individuals with special needs and women and minority business owners), for example, the firm strives to provide high quality holistic legal services and free education to members of those communities.
The firm has created employment opportunities and provided training to individuals who might not otherwise have such opportunities. For example, we created a ground-breaking internship program within our firm for a high school student with special needs and, in partnership with the Northern New Jersey Rotary Clubs, created and implemented a program to engage other businesses to do the same. In addition, we have for many years employed mothers with young children, utilizing flexible schedules and creatively defined work flow methods to fit with a mother’s other responsibilities.
About Falcon & Singer P.C.
Falcon & Singer P.C. provides relationship-based quality services for business owners and individuals. It works with owners of privately held businesses, including women and minority business owners and owners of socially responsible enterprises, in a wide range of industries, providing outsourced general counsel services, Business Life Cycle Planning® (an integrated planning technique for business owners) and traditional transactional services, such as setting up entities, negotiating and drafting agreements, acquisitions and immigration. It works with individuals with special needs in the areas of planning and guardianship and with individuals generally in the area of trusts and estates (including estate planning, the preparation of Wills and trusts and the probate and administration of estates).
The firm has offices in New York and New Jersey. It has a peer review rating of AV Preeminent® Peer Review rating from Martindale Hubbell®, which is their highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards (www.martindale.com/ratings).
About Certified B Corporations
Certified B Corporations meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests, and build collective voice through the power of the unifying B Corporation brand. As of May 2013, there are more than 760 Certified B Corporations from over 60 industries and 27 countries, representing a diverse multi-billion dollar marketplace.
About B Lab
B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement to redefine success in business so that all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world. B Lab drives this systemic change through a number of interrelated initiative: 1) building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between "good companies" and good marketing; 2) passing legislation to accelerate growth of social entrepreneurship and impact investing (12 states have already passed benefit corporation legislation); 3) driving capital to high impact investments through the use of GIIRS Ratings and Analytics (more than 60 investors with over $3B in impact assets under management use GIIRS); and 4) providing free, powerful tools for businesses to measure, compare and improve their social and environmental performance (more than 7,000 businesses use B Lab's free B Impact Assessment).