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120 Businesses Honored as ‘Best for the World’, Creating Most Overall Positive Social and Environmental Impact

Companies From 20 Countries and 49 Industries Set Gold Standard and Challenge All Businesses to Measure and Manage Impact

Submitted by: B Lab

Categories: Corporate Social Responsibility, Social Entrepreneurship

Posted: Apr 14, 2015 – 08:45 AM EST

 

WAYNE, Pa.,, Apr. 14 /CSRwire/ - Today, 120 companies worldwide were recognized for creating the most positive overall social and environmental impact by the nonprofit B Lab with the release of the fourth annual ‘B Corp Best for the World’ list. The ‘B Corp Best for the World’ list honors businesses that earned an overall score in the top 10% of more than 1,200 Certified B Corporations from over 120 industries on the B Impact Assessment, a rigorous and comprehensive assessment of a company's impact on its workers, community, and the environment.  Honorees were recognized among micro, small, and mid-sized businesses around the globe.

The B Corp ‘Best for the World List’ sets the gold standard for high impact companies and demonstrates any type of company can use business as a force for good. It has inspired the Best for NYC campaign, the first municipal public-private impact partnership in the world to support businesses to create more high quality jobs and improve the quality of life in local neighborhoods, all while strengthening their bottom-line.

2015 Best For the World Honorees include Echale a Tu Casa, a social housing production company in Mexico, Oliberte, a Canadian premium leather goods company that sustainably sources its materials from and manufactures in Africa to create pathways out of poverty and California’s Beneficial State Bank an innovative, triple-bottom line, community development financial institution and provider of the B Corp Credit Card.  The ‘Best for the World’ companies come from 49 different industries such as manufacturing, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and finance. 37% of honorees are based outside the US, with companies operating in emerging markets such as Afghanistan, The Republic of Korea, and Brazil. (Full list at bestfortheworld.bcorporation.net)

“Today's honorees inspire all companies to compete not only to be best in the world, but best for the world.  We hope many will take the first step by using the B Impact Assessment to measure and manage their impact with as much rigor as their profit,” said Jay Coen Gilbert, Co-Founder of B Lab, the nonprofit organization that certifies B Corporations and governs the independent third party standard used to generate the comparable assessment of corporate impact.

B Lab simultaneously released separate lists recognizing the companies ‘Best for the Environment’ (environmental impact), ‘Best for Community’ (community impact), and ‘Best for Workers’ (employee impact) which can be found at bestfortheworld.bcorporation.net. A total of 350 companies were named 2015 Best For the World Honorees, including King Arthur Flour, Natura, d.light designs, New Belgium Brewery and Cooperative Home Care Associates.  The 2015 Best for the World Honorees represent nearly one-third of all B Corps, displaying a wide range of excellence throughout the community.

Each honored company is a Certified B Corporation. These companies use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems and have met rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Today there are over 1,200 Certified B Corporations, across 121 industries and 38 countries, unified by one common goal: to redefine success in business. Any company can measure and manage social and environmental performance at bimpactassessment.net.

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B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good.  Its vision is that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world and society will enjoy prosperity for all for the long term. 

B Lab drives this systemic change by: 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 benefit corporation legislation to give business leaders the freedom to create value for society as well as shareholders; 3) helping businesses measure, compare and improve their social and environmental performance with the free B Impact Assessment; 4) driving capital to impact investments through use of its B Analytics and GIIRS Ratings platform.

For more information, visit www.bcorporation.net.

 

2015 Best For the World Honorees 

16 Midsize Businesses Honorees (50+ Employees) 

  • Beneficial State Bank (CA)
  • Caravela Coffee (Colombia)
  • Cooperative Home Care Associates (NY)
  • d.light design (CA)
  • Echale a tu casa (Mexico)
  • Give Something Back, Inc (CA)
  • Greyston Bakery, Inc (NY)
  • Home Care Associates (PA)
  • Impact Makers, Inc (VA)
  • Juhudi Kilimo (Kenya)
  • Oliberte Limited (Canada)
  • Purpose STAFF (OR)
  • Sun Light & Power (CA)
  • Sunrise Banks (MN)
  • Telecom Development Company Afghanistan Ltd., aka Roshan (Afghanistan)
  • TriCiclos (Chile) 

 

35 Small Businesses Honorees (10-49 Employees)

  • Alter Eco (CA)
  • Australian Ethical Investment (Australia)
  • Avante (Brazil)
  • Bullfrog Power (Canada)
  • Community Wealth Partners (DC)
  • Corrieros (Brazil)
  • Delight Co, Ltd (Korea, Republic of)
  • DOMI (Taiwan)
  • ECO2LIBRIUM (Kenya)
  • ETAVENCA (Venezuala)
  • Feiticos Aromaticos (Brazil)
  • FINAE SAPI DE CV SOFOM ENR (Mexico)
  • Green Living Enterprises (Canada)
  • Grupo GAIA (Brazil)
  • Highland Craftsmen, Inc (NC)
  • Hybrytec Solar (Colombia)
  • Imprint Capital (CA)
  • Indigenous Designs Corporation (CA)
  • Ingage Partners, LLC (OH)
  • Mal Warwick | Donordigital (CA)
  • MAXX Potential (VA)
  • Metropolitan Group (OR)
  • New Resource Bank (CA)
  • Off Grid Solutions / WakaWaka (Netherlands)
  • PV Squared (MA)
  • Sarona Asset Management Inc (Canada)
  • South Mountain Company, Inc (MA)
  • TAS (Canada)
  • Telesis Corporation (DC)
  • The Paradigm Project (CO)
  • Trillium Asset Management (MA)
  • TTC (Netherlands)
  • Veris Wealth Partners (NY)
  • VIF INternational Education (NC)
  • Virginia Community Capital (VA)

 

44 Micro-Enterprises Honorees (1-10 Employees)

  • AguaClara, LLC (CA)
  • Archi’s Acres (CA)
  • Bazzani Building Company (MI)
  • Blue Garnet (CA)
  • Byoearth (Guatemala)
  • CAP Global (CA)
  • CarShare Atlantic (Canada)
  • CDI (Brazil)
  • ChangeIt (Canada)
  • Council Fire, LLC (MD)
  • Dolphin Blue, Inc (TX)
  • Down to Earth Markets (NY)
  • Ecotrust Forest Management (OR)
  • EcoZoom (Kenya)
  • Education Funding Partners (CO)
  • Emerge Financial Wellness (TN)
  • Enviro-Stewards (Canada)
  • Farmland LP (CA)
  • FlipGive (Canada)
  • FutureProof, LLC (LA)
  • Grounds for Change (WA)
  • Hopemakers (Korea, Republic of)
  • Impact First Investments (Israel)
  • Lucky Iron Fish (Canada)
  • Manzimvula Ventures, Inc (AZ)
  • Message Agency (PA)
  • MiiR (WA)
  • Mikado Consulting (Turkey)
  • New Avenue (CA)
  • Northeast Green Building (NY)
  • One Earth Designs (Hong Kong)
  • Piedmont Biofuels (NC)
  • Praxis Consulting Group (PA)
  • Prosperity Candle (MA)
  • Purpose Capital (Canada)
  • Realize Strategies (Canada)
  • RSF Capital Management (CA)
  • SLOWCOLOR (CA)
  • Social Impact Architects (TX)
  • thedatabank, gbc (MN)
  • THREE SISTA’S (Australia)
  • UpSpring (NM)
  • xrunner Venture GmbH (Peru)
  • Yellow Leaf Hammocks (CA)

 

25 Sole Proprietor Honorees (0 Employees) 

  • Algramo (Chile)
  • Andean Naturals, Inc (CA)
  • Animal Experience International (Canada)
  • Atayne, LLC (ME)
  • Buy the Change (MI)
  • Change Catalyst (CA)
  • Clean Ethics (VT)
  • Fledge LLC (WA)
  • Future Strategies (Canada)
  • GEXSI GmbH (Germany)
  • Good Tech America, LLC (AZ)
  • Greater Richmond Grid (VA)
  • Green Retirement Plans, Inc (CA)
  • Jibu (CO)
  • L. International (CA)
  • Little Bean Sprout (CA)
  • Natural Investments LLC (HI)
  • Ned Shaub Consulting -- Social Change Strategy (CA)
  • OneSeventeen Media, Inc (TX)
  • Revivn (NY)
  • Roots for Sustainability (Spain)
  • Seeds Printing (PA)
  • Sustainable Earth Solutions, Inc (NY)
  • Sustainable Law Group, P.C. (CA)
  • Veomás (Chile)

For more information, please contact:

Katie Kerr Director of Communications
Phone: 610 293-0299
Twitter: @bcorporation

For more from this organization:

B Lab

 

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