Prosper for Purpose is proud to be part of the growing family of B Corps across the world. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab as exceeding ambitious standards for positive social and/or environmental impact. In short, B Corps are companies that hold themselves accountable for not only doing well, but doing good. As a B Corp, Prosper for Purpose is dedicated to being a force for good as we help our clients maximize their impact.
B Corps are growing their presence in a wide range of industries, from sustainable clothing and food products to clean energy and resource management. Here’s a list of 10 inspiring B Corps to follow and support! Be sure to check out their social media pages to keep up with how they are making a difference.
Based in Pittsburgh, Thread creates jobs in developing nations around collecting plastic trash that gets turned into quality fabrics. These fabrics are used by retail brands who are looking to improve their environmental and social impact. Thread has also designed tools to measure the impact of each step of the supply chain, starting with the collection of each plastic bottle and ending with the purchase of the finished good. Together they have created over 3,800 jobs in Haiti and Honduras, and removed 2.96 million bottles from their streets and canals. Learn more about Thread’s impact by checking out their website.
2. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
The first Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams location opened in Columbus, Ohio, in 2002 with a mission to provide the best ice cream using what they call the fellowship model — bridging the value of good food with the value of 21st century tools. This means that Jeni’s sees their business as part of a community of growers, makers, suppliers and customers, in which every relationship matters. Jeni’s focuses on buying ingredients directly and pays particular attention to quality, knowing that it’s worth the extra investment. Not only does Jeni’s serve great ice cream, they also serve the community by putting people and the environment first.
The mission of Bixbee mission is to support worldwide education by providing greater access to backpacks and school supplies through its “One Here. One There.” model. Every backpack sold provides a backpack full of school supplies to a child in need, thanks to Bixbee’s partnerships with select nonprofits working in areas of need. With each donation, Bixbee works closely with local organizations to source materials and produce items so that the whole community can benefit. Bixbee backpacks come in many fun colors and designs, but the ones that are donated are generally bright yellow for an important reason: Yellow is an international sign of caution that signals motorists to slow down, keeping kids safer on their walk to school.
WaterSmart Software (now called VertexOne) is innovating new ways to help us use water more sustainably and limit wasteful energy consumption. If you’re looking to make a positive environmental impact, examining your water use is one of the best places to start, as water is a precious limited resource. WaterSmart applies data analytics and behavioral science to help water suppliers and consumers make better decisions about water use. The company also seeks to lower carbon emissions and reduce overall energy consumed in moving, heating and transporting water. All of these costs add up tremendously, so every bit we can do helps!
5. People Against Dirty
People Against Dirty — comprised of brands method and Ecover — puts people and planet first, producing beautifully-designed personal and home care products that are earth-friendly and safe. People Against Dirty put together what they call their Benefit Blueprint, which outlines their social and environmental goals and ensures that daily tasks are contributing to their mission of a greener and cleaner world! Known as “green chefs,” their teams of chemists look to make everything within a closed-loop cycle, even producing bottles from plants and post-consumer plastics in their LEED-certified manufacturing plants.
6. GOOD Worldwide
GOOD Worldwide is a media company promoting “individual and collective progress” through stories and research shared on their online platform, as well as in their quarterly publication, GOOD Magazine. GOOD recently partnered with Upworthy, a media company well-known for its positive content, attracting a large social media following. Together, their goal is to help other brands create positive social impacts through a program called the “Right Wrong Activation Loop.” GOOD and Upworthy help brands identify social issues they’d like to address and then create effective media content and campaigns to support their efforts. In short, it’s a good deal for everyone!
Brooklyn-based UncommonGoods offers an assortment of creatively designed home products, gifts and accessories. As you shop, you can read stories about the artisans behind the goods and learn why each product is special. UncommonGoods seeks to create unique products that are produced in socially and environmentally responsible ways. Many products are made from recycled components and all products are made without any harm to animals. Best of all, their “Better to Give” feature allows customers to have UncommonGoods contribute to a nonprofit every time they shop!
8. Full Circle Home
Full Circle Home was founded by a group of friends who wanted better products for a greener lifestyle. Full Circle combines creative design with eco-friendly materials to make long-lasting products for the home that don’t end up in a landfill after a few years of use. Rather than using plastics, which can take 1,000 years to break down once they reach the landfill, Full Circle uses as many biodegradable materials as possible. Every little change you make in your home adds up to a huge impact. Follow them on Instagram for product tips, recipes and even giveaways!
9. Revolution Foods
Revolution Foods supplies healthy meals and educational programs to students across the nation as they work to combat childhood obesity and improper nutrition. Every week, Revolution provides 1 million healthy meals to more than 1,000 schools across the United States, including breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack. The recipes cut out unhealthy artificial trans fats and include fresh fruits and veggies to help kids thrive. Since 2006, Revolution has served more than 60 million healthy meals and made an enormous impact on the lives of thousands of children and families.
10. Warby Parker
It may come as a surprise to learn that most eyewear brands are owned by a few giant companies, which is partially why prices for prescription glasses continue to soar. Warby Parker is disrupting the industry with stylish $95 frames and a powerful social mission. For every pair of glasses sold, Warby Parker provides a pair to someone in need. Their stakeholders are the reason behind everything they do, which includes their customers, their employees, the greater community, and the environment. The company actively works to identify where they are contributing to greenhouse gas emissions and then purchase carbon offsets to ensure that they are carbon neutral. Check them out on Instagram or download their mobile app to shop frames so you can “Buy a Pair, Give a Pair!”