To become a certified B Corporation company is to promise to uphold standards and practices that benefit workers, the community and the environment. Companies that are B-Corp certified, where the B stands for benefit, volunteer to be graded by a nonprofit B Lab annually to ensure they’re meeting the highest standards of social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability. Learn more about B Corporation here and check out these retailers that have passed the test.
Patagonia is an outdoor apparel and accessories retailer and was the first California company to sign up for B-Corp certification in January 2012. The company plans to use its resources to combat the climate crisis with a self-imposed 1% for the Planet tax that supports environmental nonprofits that are aiding in the preservation of our air, land and water worldwide. Beyond that, it has set up Patagonia Action Works to help you find local causes at which to donate and volunteer as well as employing Global Sports Activists to drive positive social and environmental change. Learn more here.
If you’re on the market for a new mattress or looking to upgrade your bedroom essentials, look to Leesa. This company has been B-Corp certified since 2016 and is “Born B,” meaning its social mission has been part of the company since its inception. Not only is Leesa setting out to improve people’s sleep, it has created programs to help its communities. The One-Ten program donates one mattress for every 10 sold, with over 32,000 mattresses donated to date. The One-Earth program plants one tree for every mattress sold, with a goal of 1 million trees by 2025. Learn more here.
Designed in Canada, Frank and Oak roots itself in sustainable, good living and has been a B-Corp certified company since September 2019. Its products are designed to last for all types of lifestyles while minimizing the impact they have on the earth, reflecting the company’s values of sustainability, transparency and functionality. To date, Frank and Oak has worked on removing virgin plastic and polyester from its supply chain, collaborating with more carbon offset programs, increasing use of renewable energies and encouraging zero waste starting from within the company. Learn more here.
B-Corp certified since March 2018, Athleta cherishes movement, performance, design, sisterhood and sustainability. The company has set ambitious goals to prioritize its people and the planet alongside profit, and it has paved the way as a force for good. To date, almost 17,000 women across 14 factories have been empowered through its P.A.C.E program, which fosters a safe working environment with the opportunity to learn and grow. 76 percent of its materials are made sustainably, four percent of its products are made using water-preserving methods and 72 percent of its waste from packaging has been diverted from landfills. Learn more here.
The Body Shop has only been part of the B Corporation since September 2019, but the company has had its heart set on social and environmental activism since it was founded in 1976. Some initiatives that helped The Body Shop achieve certification include its long history of engaging in the Forever Against Animal Testing campaign, changing its legal status to Triple Bottom Line to declare that it sees its people and the planet as equal to profit, the launch of its in-store recycling program and its work with the Community Fair Trade program to source ingredients from producers in exchange for a fair price. Learn more here.
When founder Marty Grosjean adopted a lab mix with health issues, Grosjean gave him an all-natural, holistic diet and lifestyle and saw his dog thrive. As a result, Only Natural Pet was created. In addition to becoming a certified B-Corp in January 2019, the company has also partnered with Wind, eco-cycle, Carbon Credit Capital, Green America and the Pet Sustainability Coalition to do its part in maintaining transparent processes, using top quality ingredients and committing to sustainability in every step. Learn more here.
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