Orbit has been a proud B Corp since 2013. Not sure what a Certified B Corp is? Keep reading, I’ll explain.
Certified B Corporations make up a community that makes it a priority to get involved and provide value in their community, both socially and environmentally.
In the business world, being a Certified B Corp is the equivalent of the Fair Trade certification for coffee and other products. We do business with our community, employees, suppliers, and partners in mind.
In order to become a Certified B Corp, we had to go through the assessment process and prove that we operate based on high standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. With the help of our amazing rep over at B Lab, it took us a couple of months to complete this process, but we did it!
There are five major categories that are involved in becoming certified. Here are examples of how we fit into each category.
Without Chicago, there would be no Orbit. We love this city and are proud to be able to give back.
We’re honored to be part of the B Corp community along with MightyBytes, c|change, Flowers for Dreams, Lime Red, and many more. We hope to inspire others to become part of this extraordinary movement.
As I started our certification process, I kept hearing the terms “B Corp”, “Benefit Corporation”, “B Lab”, and “Certified B Corp.” What the what? They all sound alike to me, but they’re not. I’m going to do my best to break it down for you:
If you have any questions about becoming a Certified B Corp, leave us a comment below!
Congratulations and thanks for sharing the info on Chicago Cause. It is wonderful to be in a community with high ideals and who lives their values. All the very best, Sharon
I was thinking about becoming a B Corp, but can a non-profit newbie become one…and how do we get on the list to help us with a website wanting to do good with little capital? Hint.
@deliriumtoday Nonprofits are not eligible to become B Corps. It is a for profit-only designation. Nonprofits can learn a lot from B Corps, however, and use the framework to become better-run businesses. Profit is a critical part of being a triple bottom line business. Without profit, B Corps can’t accomplish the tasks required to pay attention to people and planet, the other two components of a triple bottom line business.
Big congratulations – love the ideas you’ve implemented. I’m a few months out from getting B Corp status for my business. I have my checklist and have devoted a few hours each week to working on it. You guys should be proud!
@Lisa Gerber thanks so much, Lisa! It’s definitely a process. Smart to set aside time each week to work on it and it’s rewarding once it’s done! If you need help with anything just let me know!
@amandag @Lisa Gerber The B Corp assessment framework has really redefined our approach to business, how we operate, our communications strategy, the work we do, and basically the entire company. The best part is that it provides this awesome blueprint for continuous, iterative improvement that now runs through the whole organization. Couldn’t be happier to be a B Corp and excited to be in such good company!
@timfrick @Lisa Gerber Perfectly stated. I couldn’t agree more. We have some areas that we can improve on so I plan to review the assessment quarterly to see how we can get better.
@amandag @timfrick I actually do have a question for both of you – did you form an advisory board?
@Lisa Gerber @timfrick We didn’t. Not saying that we won’t, but as of now we haven’t.
@amandag @Lisa Gerber I am in the process of it with one person lined up and a few other potential candidates. Hope to have things in place by mid-year.
@timfrick @Lisa Gerber such a trailblazer, Tim! Love it.
Many congrats, Orbit friends!
@timfrick thanks for the motivation and the support!
This is why Orbit rocks! Congrats guys! ^gz
@digitalthird Thanks, George! Seriously couldn’t have done it without the good people at BLab. They are on the ball.
Fair Trade Websites! Brilliant idea!
What are your thoughts?