Some great news to start the New Year—there are now over 2000 Certified B Corps globally! Less than two years ago, Certified B Corps were 1000 strong worldwide. Now, in 2017, there are 1000 Certified B Corps in the United States alone.
Badger is proud to be a part of this amazing community of businesses dedicated to making positive social, environmental and economic changes that benefit people and the planet.
Thank you for everything you do to support the B Corp community. Without you, none of this is possible.
Now, it’s time to celebrate! January 2017 is the first-ever national B Corp Month. Look for special signage and promotions at participating co-ops and natural retailers nationwide highlighting the B Corp values of caring for the community, environment, employees and customers. When you see a product with the Certified B Corp logo, you know they believe what we believe: that people can use business as a force for good.
For a complete list of Certified B Corps, visit bcorporation.net.
Badger was recognized as Best for the World for creating the most positive overall community impact after scoring in the top 10 percent of more than 1,800 Certified B Corporations across all categories on the B Impact Assessment, the gold standard of corporate responsibility metrics. The 140 winning companies in the Overall category come from 15 industries and 17 countries. In addition, the company was also honored as Best for Environment for scoring in the top 10 percent of more than 1,800 Certified B Corporations on the B Impact Assessment, the gold standard of corporate responsibility metrics. The 143 winning companies in the Environment category come from 15 industries and 17 countries. More.
We also made the list in 2015! Badger is honored to be among so many great companies recognized for creating the most positive overall environmental impact by the nonprofit B Lab with the release of the fourth annual ‘ B Corp Best for the Environment’ list.
The list recognizes 116 businesses that earned an environmental 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 recognized were among micro, small, and mid-sized businesses worldwide, including well known cleaning product brands Method Products and Seventh Generation. Twenty-seven percent of honorees are based outside the US, with companies operating in emerging markets such as Brazil, Kenya, and Colombia. (Full list at bestfortheworld.bcorporation.net)
In addition to being recognized as ‘Best for the Environment’, Badger recently completed its third recertification as a B Corporation by achieving a B Impact score of 138, which is 58 points above the minimum score needed for certification. Badger attributes three things to achieving a higher overall B Impact score and making the list: becoming one of the first New Hampshire businesses in 2015 to register legally as a Benefit Corporation; sourcing ingredients from fair trade and small-scale suppliers around the world; and practicing sustainable water usage during the manufacturing process.
Badger was a main supporter of the bill sponsored by Senator Molly Kelly and others, and will be one of the first New Hampshire companies to register as a benefit corp. Visit bcorporation.net for more.
Check out this video of Badger Rebecca giving a TED style talk on evolution
When you purchase from a Certified B Corporation, you're making a difference in the world. B Corps meet rigorous standards of transparency as well as social and environmental performance. They are committed to a 'better way' of doing business—putting people and the planet
ahead of profits. B Corps, such as Badger, meet what Inc. magazine calls 'the highest standard in socially responsible business.' B Corps are leading a global movement to redefine success in business so one day all companies compete to be the best in the world at being the best for the world.
The B the Change Campaign is a global movement to celebrate and reward people using business as force for good, aka YOU!
B-Corp rates Badger among the best-of-the-best in 2014!
Read the Bloomberg Business Week article about the award.
Principles: For any B Corporation there are four main principles in play which, as you can see from our own principles, are a natural fit for Badger. These principals recognize the that we are all dependent on each other for our economic and environmental health.
Basics: Certified B Corporations are held to a higher standard in both our social and environmental conduct. Rather than the traditional approach of prioritizing only the shareholders profits, as B Corporations we are dedicated to providing a benefit to all our stakeholders. The B Lab certification requirement makes sure that all B Corporations consistently value the welfare of their employees and consumers, the community, and the environment. The five categories that are the focus of this certification are:
As you can see from our scores Badger is well ahead of the curve, and it was announced in March 2013 that we scored in the top 10% of all B Corps! This certification provides reassurance to our customers that Badger will continue to do the right thing. Like anything that is worth doing, the B
Corp certification process is strenuous, thorough, and educational. Even for those of us to whom these ideas come naturally, the review process helps us to recognize ways in which we can improve!
Badger became a B Corporation to help assess and improve our business practices, so that we are always doing what's right for people and the planet. View our assessment, read our full B-Impact Report, and learn more at: http://www.bcorporation.net/community/ws-badger-co-inc