Four Rhode Island companies have been named B Corporations by nonprofit organization B Lab.
The quartet represent companies that “meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability and aspire to use the power of markets to solve social and environmental problems,” the B Lab website states.
B Corp-certified companies are apart of a global community of entrepreneurs and their enterprises who are using “business as a force for good.” Ultimately, B Lab hopes that via “the power of their collective voice,” other corporations will strive against each other to be “best for the world,” making a more “durable prosperity for all.”
There are only 2,249 companies with this certification throughout the world, and interested companies participate in a rigorous application process.
Then, companies must meet legal requirements and sign the B Corp Declaration of Interdependence and Term Sheet before officially receiving the designation.
In a blog post on The UpRound by CircleUp, the author outlines the some of the advantages for businesses pursuing certification, such as an easy way to “make your values official for customers and shareholders,” encouraging attention from “passion-aligned” potential employees and inspiring more collaboration between other B Corps.
We’ve rounded up those four companies with B Corp certifications in Rhode Island below.
Certified Since: 2014
Company Mission: “Packaging 2.0 Inc. sells and markets thermoformed plastic packaging made from post-consumer recycled materials,” its website states. “The company seeks to bridge the worlds of plastics packaging design, manufacturing, reuse, recycling, and sustainability. Packaging 2.0’s goal is to raise levels of awareness about plastic packaging pollution and increase recycling rates to levels far beyond where they are today.”
Certified Since: 2011
Company Type: “Peeled Snacks makes hip, convenient and naturally nutritious snacks for people on-the-go. Capturing some of the fastest growing trends, Peeled Snacks are made with ingredients you recognize: organic, gently-dried fruit with no added sugar,” its website states. “The snacks provide a portion-controlled source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They have no artificial flavors or colors and are gluten, wheat, cholesterol and dairy free. Peeled Snacks sources from the U.S. whenever possible, and as part of its commitment to sustainability, has partnered with the American Farmland Trust to promote and save American farmland.”
Certified Since: 2015
Company Type: “Tuckerman & Co. is a mission-driven clothing company that makes stylish workwear using less environmentally harmful materials,” its website states. “Their first product is an organic cotton dress shirt made from Italian fabric and cut and sewn in New England. Each shirt they sell saves nearly a full pound of pesticides from being used. Simply put, we believe that business has a role to play in making the world a better place.”
Certified Since: 2015
Company Type: “One of the first agencies of its kind, Worldways specializes in social marketing,” its website states. “Named before the advent of social media, social marketing accelerates the adoption of behaviors that improve the well-being of individuals and communities throughout the world. Worldways has helped more than 150 clients on five continents change the way people behave when it comes to health, environmental, economic and social behavior.”