Joseph Sprangel and Amanda Slemaker, both from Mary Baldwin College, presented a session on Impact Makers during the 2015 SEE Conference (Sustainability Ethics Entrepreneurship). The event took place April 30 to May 1, 2015 at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado.
The session, called “50$, a Laptop, and a Client – The Start to How Impact Makers Has Become a Business Working to Better Their Community,” covered Impact Makers’ unique business model, B Corporations, benefit corporations and a researched approach to addressing social inequities through business.
The session overview states:
B Lab is leading a global movement to redefine success in business. This research is a qualitative study of Impact Makers (IM) a for-profit company and B Lab Certified B Corporation that contributes 100% of their net profits ($247k in 2013) to their nonprofit partners. The design strategy of this qualitative inquiry was a purposeful sampling of IM as an “information rich” organization where the intent is to share empirical evidence of organizational success that can be generalized to the current and future Certified B Corporation population. The data collection involved 22 interviews to date of in-depth open interview questions of representatives of the various stakeholder groups of IM.