Last semester while creating a comprehensive business plan in my entrepreneurship course, my professor mentioned an organization called B Corp for those of us looking to connect our businesses to social responsibility. He quickly pulled up the website, gave us a little tour and then said, “Give it a deeper look later if you want” most students just shrugged it off and I was thinking about doing the same, but something about it intrigued me and I decided to explore their website further and I’m so glad I did!
B Corp is a worldwide non-profit organization that connects and certifies a community of business that not only want to be the best in the world, but the best for the world. This diverse community of companies include more that 1,000 businesses, small and large, in over 33 countries across the globe. They all however, share the common goal of ‘turning our community into a global movement to redefine success in business’. B Corp works to empower these companies to solve social and environmental problems through their success, using business as a force for good.
Watching their clip shown below, I was glad to see one of their featured companies; Ben & Jerry’s which is based right here in Burlington, Vermont. Other local companies that are certified B Corps are Seventh Generation and Gardener’s Supply. In a time when the corporate social responsibility movement is really taking off, I’m so proud to live in a city where that ideal is not only valued but truly invested in.
Perhaps the most exciting part of exploring the B Corp website and getting to know more was finding their ‘Find A B Corp’ tab where you can search their global community of (1194 to be exact) companies by an industry category drop-down menu! How cool is that! My personal favorites are Marketing & Communications Services and Non-Profit Consulting & Fundraising. Between those two I found literally dozens of do-good companies I’d be ecstatic to intern or work for. There’s also a B Corps Job Board with posted internships and open positions.
I could go on and on about why B Corp is my new favorite thing, but it’s truly worth exploring for yourself!