How Does a Company Become a B Corp?
B Corps are certified by B Lab, a nonprofit organization based in Pennsylvania, similar to the way TransFair certifies Fair Trade coffee or USGBC certifies LEED buildings. The B stands for “benefit,” and refers to benefiting workers, the community and the environment.
B Corp Certification measures a company’s entire social and environmental performance. The B Impact Assessment evaluates how our company’s operations and business model impact our workers, community, environment, and customers. From our supply chain and input materials to charitable giving and employee benefits, B Corp Certification proves our business is meeting the highest standards of verified performance.
In 2019, we were honored to be awarded the Best in the World for Enviroment. B Corps Environment honorees are companies taking bold action to preserve our most precious resources. With planet-friendly practices and environmental initiatives, these companies consider the impact of their everyday footprint, including energy usage, materials, facilities, supply chain, and more.
B Corps Build Strong Communities
We agree with the B Corp movement that society’s most challenging problems cannot be solved by government and nonprofits alone. The B Corp community works together toward reduced inequality, lower levels of poverty, a healthier environment, stronger communities, and the creation of more high quality jobs with dignity and purpose.
As a solar company, we are acutely aware that the creation of good paying jobs with a purpose is a primary responsibility. The solar industry is a steward for a huge amount of potential, not just to heal our climate and our environment, but also to heal our communities. Solar helps create energy equality and helps people find meaningful careers. While fighting climate change is our stated mission, we know that it's more complicated than that, and being a B Corp helps us embrace the bigger picture by guiding us to best practices for employee and community care.
Ipsun's VP and co-founder Joe Marhamati summed up our B Corp experience, saying, "I think the biggest benefit we've found from getting certified as a B Corp is that it results in a more democratic, fun, inclusive, meaningful workplace. This attracts customers and employees who want to be part of something bigger than themselves."
Declaration of Interdependence
B Corps form a community of leaders and drive a global movement of people using business as a force for good. The values and aspirations of the B Corp community are embedded in the B Corp Declaration of Interdependence.
Ipsun is proud to be a B Corp and we work every day to fulfill the promise of this innovative, interdependent group of companies that do good for the world!