Since 2007, B Lab has been certifying companies that pledged to meet comprehensive standards for social and environmental performance (in addition to running viable businesses, of course). Through a vetting and auditing process, B Lab began certifying some applicant companies as “B Corps” and today there are more than 475 of these firms, across 60 different industries.
Author: Mary Catherine O'Connor
We talked to Derek Sabori about Volcom’s Give Jeans a Chance program, which is specifically focused on donating jeans to youth in need — since as much as 40 percent of the homeless have been under the age of 18 in recent years — and Volcom’s overall New Future sustainability platform.
In 2006, Blake Mycoskie started as a shoe company. He also started a movement. Well, at the very least, he trademarked a movement: One for OneTM. Having witnessed extreme poverty during a trip to Argentina, Mycoskie was inspired to start a footwear company in which, for each pair of shoes sold, he’d donate a new pair to a child who, like so many he met in Argentina, is in dire need of shoes. TOMS was born.
This post is part of a series on Stakeholder Engagement sponsored by Jurat Software. On those occasions when I find myself in front of a television, flipping through stations, I love finding those short, low-budget commercials that small businesses cobble together. Here in the Bay Area, the spots produced by Dr. Jang and his unreasonably-smiley … Continued
Last week, Triple Pundit enjoyed fly-on-the-wall status at a pitch session between cleantech entrepreneurs and a panel of cleantech investors from leading Bay Area firms. Thirteen entrepreneurs took their pitches to the podium, each were given two minutes to describe their product or service, and each then fielded questions from the panel. Once the Q/A … Continued
U.S. Small Business Administrator Karen Mills on Wednesday revealed details of a pilot program through which it is working with four cleantech business accelerators across the country to provide mentoring to 100 entrepreneurs in the cleantech arena. The pilot is the inaugural program of the Entrepreneurial Mentor Corps (EMC), a component of Startup America, a … Continued
It’s a good guess that most Tesla owners are jet-setters. But the Tesla Roadster owned by one anonymous Bay Area man might get around even more than he does. That’s because he’s sharing his $157,000 EV two-seater. With you. Or with whomever would like to drive it (as long as he or she has a … Continued
The Obama Administration wants to see one million electric vehicles on the road by 2015. Reaching that goal will take more than a commitment from carmakers. They could pump out five million EVs, but that wouldn’t solve one major hurdle to adoption, the dreaded “range anxiety” that drivers feel over full electric vehicles. Take the … Continued
Forget about a cup of sugar, your neighbor might just be eyeing your ride, instead. And thanks to a crop of car-sharing services that put a twist on the Zipcar model, you may soon be able to pimp out your Plymouth. RelayRides, a Boston-based startup, announced this week that it is expanding its car-sharing service … Continued
First off, the scary and bad news: During a speaking engagement at the University of Southern California last week, Bill Nye collapsed. He was reportedly mid-sentence when he collapsed, and though he tried to continue his talk, his speech became strained and he eventually left the stage. We’re sending him good vibes and hoping he’s … Continued
From its smart employee stock ownership plan to its tasty, organic products, Clif Bar offers plenty of employee benefits. But until recently, daylight and elbow room didn’t rate very highly on that list. That’s because its original Berkeley, Calif., location became snugger and snugger with each new hire, and the industrial setting didn’t allow much … Continued
Fountain Hills, a master planned community of roughly 25,000 in the mountains northwest of Scottsdale, Arizona, has well-appointed (if homogenous) homes and public art and beautiful mountain vistas. With lots of park space and golf courses, it seems like a lovely place to live…except that the town government is launching a plot to start etching … Continued
Packaging, because it’s ubiquitous and because it is tied irrevocably to our purchasing decisions, is very personal. Branding has made packaging more than just the housing for the products we buy—in many cases, a product and its package are forever married. (The square Fiji Water bottle, for example, is much more than a vessel. To … Continued
Back in 1998, way before the word “green” was widely bandied around as a verb, Lawrence Axil Comras set off on a new venture to develop a rating and certification system for eco-friendly home products. It kind of flopped. “It was a small, difficult market and the suppliers wouldn’t deal with me,” he says. “But … Continued