Impact Makers Honored as ‘Best for Workers’

Recognized with 78 Other Businesses Across 39 Industries and 6 Countries Honored as Part of B Corporation’s ‘Best for the World Lists’

 September 3, 2013Best for the World Worker LG

Today, Impact Makers was named “Best for Workers.” 79 companies across 39 industries and 6 countries were recognized for creating the most positive impact for their workers by the nonprofit B Lab, with the release of the ‘B Corp Best for the Workers List’, the third installment in its 2013 ‘B Corp Best for the World’ series.

Impact Makers is management and technology consulting services company based in Richmond, Virginia that supports commercial, governmental, and health care clients nationally. It operates as a competitive social venture: Impact Makers is a for profit company but has no shareholders and contributes profits to local, healthcare related charities. Impact Makers currently supports Rx Partnership and Family Lifeline with pro bono consulting and a guaranteed portion of profits. Rx Partnership manages the provision of donated pharmaceuticals to Virginia’s free clinics. Family Lifeline provides health and counseling support to individuals and families in the greater Richmond area.

“Impact Makers is honored to be recognized as a ‘Best for Workers’ company. As a consulting firm, the success, talent, and satisfaction of our employees is our driving force,” said Michael Pirron, Impact Makers’ CEO and co-founder. “Providing an opportunity for employees to make a difference and have meaning and purpose behind their day-to-day work is the heart of Impact Makers’ business model – to translate hard work into larger social value.”

Companies earning this honor include fast-growing venture-backed e-commerce businesses like Etsy, well known employee-owned brands including Dansko, King Arthur Flour, and New Belgium Brewing Company, and worker-cooperatives Cooperative Home Care Associates, Home Care Associates, and Namaste Solar.  25% of honorees are based outside the US, including 14 Canadian companies and a telecommunications company in Afghanistan (Roshan), a recycling company in Chile (Triciclos), and an investor in smallholder farmers in Kenya (Juhudi Kilimo).  Over 90% of honorees were services businesses.  (Full list of honorees below.)

“Study after study shows that being ‘best for workers’ means being best for shareholders because the name of the game is winning the war for talent”, said Jay Coen Gilbert, co-founder of B Lab, the nonprofit organization that certifies B Corporations and governs the B Impact Assessment. “The B Corp Best for Workers honorees are the companies people want to work for and invest in because they’ve proven they’re the best of the best by meeting rigorous, comprehensive third party standards people can trust.”

The ‘B Corp Best for Workers List’ honors businesses that earned an overall score in the top 10% of all Certified B Corporations for their positive impact on their workforce, as measured by the B Impact Assessment, a comprehensive assessment used by more than 10,000 businesses to measure their impact on their workers, community, and the environment. This analysis includes metrics regarding worker ownership, compensation and benefits, management and worker communication, training and education, work environment, and occupational health and safety.

Each honoree is a Certified B Corporation, a new type of company that uses the power of business for good and meets rigorous standards of overall social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Today there are over 800 Certified B Corporations across more than 60 industries and 27 countries, unified by the common goal to redefine success in business.

In April, B Lab recognized 67 companies as ‘Best for the World’ (overall impact); in June, 63 companies as ‘Best for the Environment’; and in November, will release a final 2013 list recognizing companies as ‘Best for Communities’.

Impact Makers was recognized as both ‘Best for the World’ and ‘Best for the Environment.’ The company was the highest scoring small business and in the top five among all of the companies selected.


Download the press release for more information and to see the entire 2013 ‘Best for Workers’ list.


About Impact Makers

Impact Makers is a competitive social venture of senior professionals providing management and technology consulting services while directing the company’s profits to nonprofit community partners.  Impact Makers currently supports Rx Partnership and Family Lifeline with pro bono consulting and a guaranteed portion of our profits. Learn more at

About B Lab

B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement to redefine success in business.  It’s vision is that one day all companies will compete not only to be the best in the world, but best for the world.


B Lab drives this systemic change through a number of interrelated initiatives: 1) building a community of Certified B Corporations who lead this movement and make it easier to tell the difference between “good companies” and good marketing; 2) passing benefit corporation legislation to create a new kind of corporation legally required to create value for society, not just shareholders; 3) helping businesses and investors assess, compare, and increase their impact through use of the B Impact Assessment, a free educational tool, and the B Analytics, a flexible, customizable data platform.