When many people think of social impact jobs, they think of nonprofits.
Traditionally, they are where aspiring world-changers have gone. Now, they aren’t the only option.
Whether you knew it or not, there’s a new kid in town, and its name is B.
B Corps Certification is issued to companies through an organization called B Lab, a nonprofit organization based in the United States.
What fair trade or organic labels are to products, B Corps Certification is to companies. The B Corps distinction indicates that a company is committed to positive impact in the areas of governance, workers, community, and environment.
Companies must complete an assessment and screening process that closely examines the work atmosphere as well as the social and environmental impacts of a company. At the end of the process, businesses get a score out of 200, with a minimum of 80 to receive certification consideration.
An important distinction between B Corps and nonprofits is the model: B Corps are like traditional businesses in the sense that they do in fact turn a profit. However, their focus on making positive social impact means that its ethics and values are woven into the fabric of the company’s mission and goals.
It goes way beyond simply having a corporate social responsibility wing or an affiliated foundation –– it is an integral part of the entire organization.
In this way, B Corps are a much more sustainable model in the long term.
B Corps seek to be the not only the best in the world, but the best for the world.
From breweries to language institutes to water distribution, many types of companies great and small can qualify.
B Lab recently celebrated its first annual Best for the World celebration, where it brought together B Corps of various stripes who scored in the top 10% of B Corps in various categories.
Check out the B Corps who made it to the top of the list, or find out more about B Corps and how you can work for one.
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Who wrote this?
Gina Edwards, Impact Explorer founder and lover of all pun jokes, making a positive change in the world, Stephen Colbert, Jif Peanut Butter, and staying inside on rainy days. Order may vary.