We’re humbled to announce that we recently won an award for our dedication to our most important asset – our employees! B Lab, a nonprofit that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good, recognized us in their 2018 Best for the World honoree list, which honors the top 10% of certified B Corporations who reflect the greatest commitment to their relationship with their workforce.
We are one of 2,595 companies, including Ben & Jerry’s and Patagonia, that are certified B Corporations. B Corporations (B Corps) are for-profit companies that have met rigorous social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency standards. Just one of the steps to become a certified B Corp is to take the ‘B Corp Impact Assessment,’ which explores a company’s impact on their workers, customers, environment, and community. In 2016, it took us nearly three months of constant work and communication with B Lab in order to become certified in addition to the detailed assessment, and we went through the rigorous process again to be recertified this year.
Every year, B Lab recognizes businesses that go above and beyond in their commitment to do good. B Lab awards the top 10% of B Corporations in six different categories: best overall, best for community, best for customers, best for environment, best for governance, and best for workers. For the award we received, Best for the World Workers, B Lab specifically evaluated how businesses treat their workers by analyzing their benefits, training, and compensation initiatives as well also assess the overall work environment from internal communication to company culture and wellness practices.
We put employee health and wellness first and with the hopes of creating work-life integration (rather than balance). Just some of the perks of working here include:
- Working from home on Wednesdays and Fridays
- Beach walks and surf breaks during the week
- 8 hours of paid volunteer time in our community
- Pet (including cat!) friendly office
- Our PARALLAXploration program that encourages employees to travel anywhere in the world so they can be inspired and gain new experiences
When our team brings their whole selves to work, they’re bringing their unique backgrounds and experiences to everything they do, creating work that is holistic, inspired, and creative.
We are incredibly proud to share our B Corp certification status and recent award nomination as it is largely a celebration of our values and a reminder that we are on the right track in reaching work-life integration. While we are very humbled to receive this award, we will continue to strive towards fostering a supportive and healthy work environment.
If you’re interested in learning more about B Corporation or wondering how to get your company certified, we encourage you to visit their website at https://www.bcorporation.net.