Acorn is proud to be the first architectural signage company to join the B Corp movement
Submitted by: Acorn Sign Graphics
Posted: Sep 25, 2013 – 02:00 PM EST
RICHMOND, Va., Sep. 25 /CSRwire/ - Acorn Sign Graphics is proud to announce its certification as a B Corporation, making it the first architectural signage company to achieve B Corp status. 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. As a Certified B Corporation, Acorn Sign Graphics voluntarily meets a higher standard of transparency, accountability, and performance, harnessing the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. For over ten years, Acorn has been a pioneer in the sign industry providing creative design/build services for all types of signage needs including wayfinding, branding, sustainable design and signage solutions, ADA compliant sign programs, and digital signage.
“This certification is aligned with our corporate values and our commitment to serving the green building community. By standing up to be counted among the B Corp ranks, we’re holding ourselves accountable for our own legacy and also supporting a movement inspiring business to leave the world a little bit better,” said Beth Gillispie, President of Acorn Sign Graphics. “Plus, we are able to provide our customers with a respected standard by which they may assess how well we “walk the talk” of social and environmental responsibility.”
In order to be recognized as a Certified B Corporation, Acorn had to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance and must legally expand its corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests. To achieve the B Corporation certification, Acorn completed an assessment process established by B Lab, the B Corporation certification body. The assessment included frank disclosure of information relating to Acorn’s management and operations, including its governance, workplace culture and employee benefits, environmental practices, and community engagement. Acorn’s full B Impact Report is available to the public here.
About Acorn Sign Graphics (www.acornsign.com)
Acorn Sign Graphics designs and fabricates custom architectural signage and graphics customers can depend on to be found, be seen, and be remembered. From award-winning design to sustainable sign and graphic solutions, eco-friendly sign manufacturing to long-lasting installations, Acorn Sign Graphics delivers comprehensive sign services to meet the needs of clients worldwide.
Whether in a commercial setting or civic space, a health care complex or an academic campus, signs do more than identify and direct. They communicate an image and a brand. Signage at its best conveys a unique sense of place and enhances the ways people connect to the built environment and to one another. Acorn Sign Graphics helps achieve these goals…creatively, sustainably, collaboratively.
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 collective voice through the power of the unifying B Corporation brand. As of September 2013, there are more than 800 Certified B Corporations from over 60 industries and 28 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 (20 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).