Sungevity and Trillium Asset Management are among the 67 businesses recently recognized by B Lab’s annual “Best for the World” list, which honors companies across 20 countries and 25 industries for redefining success in business.
Each company on the list is a certified B Corporation focused on solving social and environmental problems and met several standards for social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. The firms also each earned an overall score in the top 10 percent of all certified B Corporations on the B Impact Assessment, a comprehensive assessment a company's impact on its workers, community and the environment.
“A company’s revenue only tells half the story,” said Jay Coen Gilbert, co-founder of B Lab. “Today’s most successful businesses must also create a positive social and environmental impact. These companies are competing to be not only the best in the world, but the best for the world.”
Other highlighted companies include Roshan, a Afghani telecommunications provider; One PacificCoast Bank, a community development bank; and Cooperative Home Care Associates, the nation’s largest worker-owned cooperative that provides home care services to the elderly and individuals living with disabilities. Some 30 percent of the honorees are based outside the U.S., with 13 companies operating in emerging markets.
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B Lab says it also will release separate lists recognizing the companies “Best for the Environment,” “Best for the Community” and “Best for Workers” throughout the coming year.
B Lab’s “Best for the World” list made its debut in 2012 and included companies such as Method, Patagonia and King Arthur Flour.