Canvas Host just completed its 2015 B Corporation re-certification. As part of the certification process, we answered hundreds of questions in the B Impact Assessment (BIA). Questions were broken into five main categories covering our operations: Environment, Workers, Customers, Community, and Governance. A sampling of questions were randomly audited.
Upon completion of the assessment, we received a B Impact Report score on a scale of 0 to 200. To put it into perspective:
- An average businesses score 50 points.
- A certified B corporation is required to score a minimum of 80 points.
- Canvas Host scored 109 points! We’re thrilled to have reached a new level of B performance in our business.
View our B Impact Report:
So… why are we a B?
Like other B corporations, we operate on triple bottom line principles (people, planet, profit), not just profit alone. Additionally, we embrace a philosophy of business with purpose that goes far beyond our mission statement and addresses how we benefit (or impact) our environment, community, employees, stakeholders, and customers. We’re held to a higher standard, with legal structures in their operating agreement requiring that we consider the impacts of our decisions. It’s a higher level of accountability, and certainly the challenge of a higher bar of performance that we have chosen to meet.
If every business was a B, the world would be very different. Imagine companies with purpose addressing concerns that effect others around them: Education, poverty, environmental responsibility, social justice, advocacy for underserved communities, a spirit of community service and volunteerism… the list is endless.
We want to see a world in which companies care just as much as you and I do about taking care of our planet, starting with our own decisions.
That’s why we’re a B.
How can you get involved?
Whether you’re a business or non-profit, a school or hotel, a freelancer or a mega-corporation, you and your colleagues can get involved in the B community. Whether you have the legal means to inact the B Corporation requirements, there are things you can do to help the B movement!
For more information on B Corporations, we invite you to visit B Labs’ website:
B Labs’ website maintains a public directory of all certified B Corporations. If you want to support the B community, a great way is to connect with B Corporations or consider using their business for your needs:
If you’re interested in taking the 20-minute Quick Impact Assessment, please visit this site:
And to go for the full assessment, please visit:
Canvas Host is also a registered Oregon Benefit Company, a legal state entity recognizing the qualifications we undertook as a B Corporation. Benefit companies in all 50 states, and every country worldwide, are the ultimate goal of B Labs’ efforts. If you have any questions about B Corporations, please contact us with your questions. Together, we can B the Change.
– David Anderson
p.s. B Corps get 25% off their first hosting order! Contact us for details.