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B Corporations: Solving Environmental Problems Through Business

6/4/2010 12:00:00 AM

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Last month Ogden Publications, Natural Home’s publishing company, became a certified B Corporation. Like the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification for buildings, Fair Trade for coffee and Forest Stewardship Council for wood, the B Corporation certification is a third-party certification for companies with good green practices.

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Ogden Publications, publisher of Natural Home, is a certified B Corporation. Photo Courtesy B Corporation.
B Corporation companies use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. With this certification, Ogden Publications is legally required to consider how its decisions will affect its employees, suppliers, community and the environment—not just its shareholders. Because B Corporation companies are required to be transparent with their business practices, the certification helps consumers support businesses that share their values.

Although B Corporations represent a small segment of the marketplace, B Lab, the nonprofit organization behind the certification, hopes that in a generation these corporations will reach 5 to 7 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product, about the size of the nonprofit sector today. B Lab also hopes that these companies will give individuals and communities greater economic opportunities, moving society closer to achieving a positive environmental impact and employing people in great places to work.

As of February, more than 280 companies have achieved B Corporation certification, including Seventh Generation, Numi Organic Tea, Method, IceStone, Eleek and others. For a full list of certified B Corporations, visit the B Corporation's Community page.

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6/17/2014 10:09:57 AM
The B Corporation certification is hard to achieve and companies that applied for this must be transparent with their business practices. My son-in-law wants to apply for a B Corporation certification but first he must discuss with the guys from about the opportunity to get a couple of machines he needs, hopefully he won`t be late with the paperwork.

5/27/2014 6:14:03 PM
My friend from Warenville put a lot of efforts to achieve a B Corporation certification for his small business. He managed to get this certification very fast after having a discussion with a that made him realize the best method to pass the assessment review process more quickly. Having a B Corporation certification will give him access to a portfolio of services and support from B Lab to help his company with sales and marketing strategies.

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