There are more than 2,400 B Corps in over 50 countries.

In 2017, we became one of them. We are extremely excited to be a Certified B Corp, even if we are just a tiny stone in the ocean of business. We are proud to be following the same rigorous social & environmental standards as some of our favorite companies like Patagonia, Dr. Bronner's, Badger, and Ben & Jerry's to earn this badge. View our B Impact Report to see our official scorecard.

Becoming a Certified B Corp is like drafting a roadmap for continued improvement; we are required to re-certify every two years and monitor our impact, both within the company and beyond. We have already gained valuable insight from the process and we look forward to how it will help deepen our awareness and inspire innovation. 

What is a B Corp?

We like to say that the B stands for badass. Because that's how we feel about the companies that are using business to forge solutions and "B the change" that the world needs so much right now. Technically, it stands for Benefit, to demonstrate that these companies do more than generate profit, they benefit people and the planet, too. We think it's simply the right thing, and should be every company's bottom line. But, for now, it's pretty badass that these companies are leading the way. Certification is granted by an independent third party organization called B Lab, which operates around the world. Check them out to learn more about B Corps & Benefit Corporations

Measuring our Impact

Each year, B Corps provide an Annual Sustainability Report to share their current initiatives, goals, and metrics. This provides accountability and transparency, and allows us to learn some amazing things about companies we respect and discover new ideas and inspiration. Our 2017 report is coming soon, and you can check out our 2016 Impact Report below. We have also produced Annual Sustainability Reports for our clients, and we LOVE to make inspiring data beautiful! Contact us if you are interested in our sustainability report services.

Local Ripples: Mendocino County B Corps

Our rural Northern California county is surprisingly home to one of the highest concentrations of B Corps! We are proud to call them neighbors, and to be part of the larger B Corp community around the world. These local companies, such as Fetzer Vineyards, North Coast Brewing Company, FloBeds, Harvest Market and Thanksgiving Coffee have shaped our community and inspired a culture of conscious business that continually raises the bar.

We are members of a local network of B Corps and we set up the Mendocino County B Corp Facebook group to help everyone stay connected.

 

ECological Footprint 

Our goal: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, & Rethink at every step.

We are committed to:

  • Using 100% Recycled office paper.

  • Sourcing locally purchased office supplies and purchasing used, up-cycled, or refurbished equipment whenever possible.

  • Recycling all paper waste and ink cartridges, and using rechargeable batteries in the office. And, composting, even when the bucket gets a little stinky.

  • Tracking our energy usage. Our office is primarily lit by natural light and we set a goal to source from more renewable energy sources.

  • Stocking our office kitchen with reusable mugs, glasses, silverware and a water dispenser to reduce waste.

CONSCIOUS CLIENTS

Our goal: Work with clients who give us goosebumps because they are changing the world every day. So far, 100% success. Some highlights of the past year:

  • North Coast Brewing Company, in partnership with Fortunate Farm, composted over 3,268,343 tons of spent grain and hops, turning a waste stream into a regenerative carbon farming model. We love getting to tell this story as it develops over time. Watch the video we produced about the farm, and the brewery's other righteous endeavors.
     
  • Economic Development and Financing Corporation raised $351,000 for the Mendocino Wool & Fiber Mill in Ukiah, CA. In the first ever Direct Public Offering from a California non-profit organization, a diverse portfolio of community funds were used to finance a local Wool Mill to support local sheep farmers, provide an avenue for processing wool, and revitalize the local craft fiber industry. We were proud to design and implement the marketing & PR strategy to promote the DPO. Watch the video we produced about the wool mill.
 
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OUR Community

Our goal: To support local causes that build the physical and social topsoil in our community.

Through our giving, volunteerism, and pro-bono work, we are primarily committed to supporting: ecological restoration; regenerative agriculture; community arts; local services targeting low income populations and women; and independent media.

In 2016 we donated 100 hours in service to the following organizations:

  • Economic Development and Financing Corporation which facilitates local economic development and provides gap financing for local entrepreneurs who are unable to access traditional sources of capital.

  • Good Farm Fund, a local nonprofit committed to providing direct support for local farms and scaling up sustainable agriculture and build a viable local food economy. 

    In 2016, Good Farm Fund gave out $20,000 in grants to 14 local farms to fund project-specific infrastructure development.

OUR Workplace

Our goals: Support our local economy by creating meaningful work that provides right livelihood. Nobody's perfect and we aim to cultivate healthy, transparent dialogue with everyone we work with, and create an environment for continual learning and growth.

  • We ask our clients and subcontractors how we're doing and how we can improve.
  • We hire local first. 81% of total spending in 2016 was with suppliers and vendors that are both local and independent. Our team is made up of locally and regionally based consultants and experts.

  • Dog-Friendly Workplace: Our pups (“Love” & “Light”) run our unofficial Human Resources Department and we always have dog treats in the cupboard.