Impact Makers Honored as ‘Best for the World’ & ‘Best for Community’

BFTW_2014-Overall-LGImpact Makers Honored as ‘Best for the World’ and ‘Best for Community,’ Creating Most Overall Positive Social, Environmental and Community Impact

Impact Makers was named ‘Best for the World,’ and ‘Best for Community’ for the second consecutive year. Ninety-three companies worldwide were recognized for creating the most positive, overall social and environmental impact by the nonprofit B Lab with the release of the third annual ‘B Corp Best for the World’ list. The impact economy is global and diverse: 93 companies from 15 countries and 31 industries recognized as leaders in redefining success in business.

The ‘B Corp Best for the World’ lists honor businesses that earned an overall score in the top 10% of all Certified B Corporations 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.

The ‘Best for the World’ companies come from 31 different industries such as manufacturing, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and real estate. A majority operate in a service industry, including 17 honorees in financial services and 15 in environmental consulting. 30% of honorees are based outside the US with 15 companies operating in emerging markets, such as Afghanistan, Kenya and Colombia. (Full list of 2014 honorees at bestfortheworld.bcorporation.net.)

“Locally, Virginia had five companies recognized,” said Michael Pirron, CEO and Founder of Impact Makers. “We are proud to be in a community where social enterprise is valued and growing.” The other Virginia-based companies include Greater Richmond Grid, Virginia Community Capital, Acorn Sign Graphics and Rivanna Natural Designs.

“Employees, consumers, investors, and policy makers increasingly want to support companies that create a positive impact in the world and the Best for the World honorees are the best of the best,” 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. “It’s particularly inspiring that 21% of the 2014 honorees are first time winners but long time B Corps. They’re winning the race to the top.”

Each honored company is a Certified B Corporation. They 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 1,060 certified B Corporations, across 60 industries and 32 countries, unified by one common goal: to redefine success in business.

Read the press release.

Read the Richmond Times-Dispatch article covering the local honorees.