We made the list! 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