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10 Awesome B Corps Using Business As a Force for Good

B Corp tagline by B Lab showing B the Change and people using business as a force for good

A lot happens in February. There’s Valentine’s Day, of course. But also V-Day with One Billion Rising to end end violence against women, World Day of Social Injustice, International Day of Women’s Health, and more.

February is also B Corp Month, a time to recognize and celebrate companies that take social and environmental responsibility seriously, and that believe business can be a force for good in the world.

What is a B Corp?

It’s a company that uses the power of the marketplace to help solve social and environmental problems. It is to business what Fair Trade is to coffee and USDA Organic is to milk. B Corps are certified to meet comprehensive standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.

It’s real, it’s rigorous, and most importantly, you can trust it. Every 2 years Prosperity Candle goes through the certification process and it’s challenging – as it should be. We all know there is a lot of fluff out there… companies making claims that are hard to verify, or for every good deed they promote, something bad lurks in the background.

That’s why Jay Coen Gilbert, Bart Houlahan and Andrew Kassoy co-founded B Lab, the nonprofit that certifies B Corps. It does a 360 degree assessment of how a business operates and not only verifies, but provides a roadmap for continual improvement. As they like to point out, the B Corp stamp is the difference between slick marketing and a truly good company.

Who else is B Corp certified? Patagonia, Ben & Jerry’sEileen Fisher and King Arthur Flour to name a few familiar names. There are now 2,391 B Corps in over 50 countries and 130 Industries, and more are signing up every week. It’s pretty cool.

Prospeirty Candle is B Corp certified with a commiment to social and environmental sustainability

So we’re loving that February is B Corp month. From day one, Prosperity Candle was created to deliver positive social impact. It’s etched into the documents filed with the Vermont Secretary of State. Simply put, we prioritize social good over everything else. And for the past 7 years we’ve stayed true to that mission, no matter what.

Commitment is what defines the B Corp movement, because helping to solve social and environmental problems through business is hard. It takes extra resources, a lot more time, and there are costs that competitors don’t bear. Plus you can’t put it aside whenever it suits you, picking and choosing when to be a good citizen. It has to be part of every moment of every day.

That is B Corp. And that is why we are proud to stand next to so many great companies doing things a better way, demonstrating that business can be a powerful force for good in the world. We’re hopeful the idea will continue to catch on. It’s certainly encouraging that the world’s largest investment firm BlackRock made a bold call to CEOs to start showing how their businesses are contributing positively to society. Change just might be afoot.

B Corps include Patagonia, Cabot, Method, Ben & Jerry's, Warby Parker, Seventh Generation, Etsy, King Arthur Flour

So all February we are joining B Lab in celebrating B Corp Month and the global movement to redefine what it means to be successful in business. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of 10 awesome businesses you may not know or realize are B Corps.

Send these companies some love by visiting, following and sharing their goodness.

10 businesses you might not know are B Corps:

  1. Warby Parker: If you’re in need of new eyeglasses, definitely check out Warby Parker. Their eyewear is high quality, more affordable than traditional eyeglasses, and for every pair they sell, they donate another to someone in need.
  2. Cabot Creamery Co-op: Cabot is the first dairy cooperative in the U.S. to achieve B Corp certification, and you can find their cheese in most grocery stores. They’re one of the few remaining dairies in New England to be locally owned and operated. Plus their cheddars are the best!
  3. Accompany: Accompany is a socially conscious, fair trade fashion and accessory brand. They sell beautiful handmade pieces and ethically sourced items online that empower both the artisan who made them and the community. We love Accompany’s style.
  4. Stonyfield Farm: Stonyfield makes delicious organic yogurt that is also good for the community, workers, and the environment. You’ll likely find it in your local grocery store. And if you want to hear a really great story, listen to co-founder Gary Hirshberg talk about the trails of starting Stonyfield Farm. We heard him live at Hampshire College and were enthralled.
  5. West Paw Design: This Bozeman, Montana company makes eco-friendly, super high-quality products for dogs and cats that are 100% made in the U.S. Check them out for everything from award-winning toys toys to washable, long-lasting beds.
  6. Allbirds: Allbirds is a very cool shoe company that’s committed to making high quality in an ethical way. Their wool runners are made with ZQ-certified merino wool, which means it meets strict standards of sustainable farming and animal welfare. Plus their website is gorgeous!
  7. Divine Chocolate: We always have some Divine Chocolate in the studio, not only for our gift sets, but also because we love creamy, high quality, yummeriffic chocolate. Sometimes you just have to indulge, and it’s better when it’s Fair Trade and B Corp certified.
  8. The Tea Spot: Based in Boulder, CO, The Tea Spot has become our go-to source of great teas, both at home and in our Tottori Tea Time. Their selection is broad and sachet pyramids delightful to steep, but even better are their donations to community wellness programs that have supported over 100 organizations and touched more than 10,000 lives. Plus they are women-owned, which is always nice to see.
  9. Badger Body & Skin Care:  Badger is a great company from start to finish… we’ve crossed paths on many occasions, most recently at a B Corp event in Vermont with Eileen Fisher, Cabot and King Arthur. Their lip balms are well known, but check out their broad assortment that has everything from skincare to baby products and men’s beard grooming kits.
  10. Leesa Sleep: Leesa is an online mattress retailer that gives back by donating one mattress for every ten sold to organizations supporting homeless and at-risk individuals. On top of that, with every mattress shipped they also plant a tree… we love that!
  11. BONUS! Wouldn’t it be super helpful when you searched for something online someone would point out the best option? Well, meet DoneGood, the smartest shopping tool ever. A fellow B Corp, DoneGood has a free Chrome extension that helps you navigate search results to find the best choice for what you want to buy. They’re working on other browsers, but you can also get their free and beautifully designed phone app. Plus you get great discounts! As the DoneGood team says, there’s good in the world and they will help you find it. Check them out.

Curious who else is a B Corp?  It’s easy to find out with B Lab’s Find a B Corp, then be sure to join in celebrating this inspiring movement. And if we missed your favorite B Corp, let us know by giving them a big shout-out in the comments below!

#Bcorpmonth #BCorp #forceforgood #bthechange #ethicalbusiness #ecoliving #earthfriendly @Patagonia @benandjerrys @eileenfisherny @kindarthurflour @warbyparker @cabotcheese  @stonyfield @allbirds @accompany @divinechocolateusa @badgerbalmUSA @leesa

World Gratitude Day 2016

World Gratitude Day Prosperity Candle

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

What are you grateful for?

The answer to this simple question can unlock the fullness of our lives. It turns what we already have into enough – and more… into a recognition of abundance. On this Sunday we are taking a moment to celebrate World Gratitude Day, which was officially a few days ago. Since 1965, September 21 has been celebrated as a day to appreciate all that we have in our lives, and reflect on the meaning of gratitude.

Even in the darkest and most challenging of times, there is still some light and something to be grateful for. While we can’t always control events adversely affecting our lives and communities, or people across the world, we can make an effort to focus on the positive as often as possible, and express appreciation to those around us.

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it,” said author William Arthur Ward. That seems an apt metaphor. More importantly, it got each of us here thinking about what we are thankful for, yet never say so. A lot, it turns out. The more you think about it, the more you realize how rarely we express gratitude for everyday things that go right, that nourish you, that contribute positively people’s lives.

That’s why in recognition of World Gratitude Day, we’d like to start a wave of gratitude… of sharing over the next two weeks what we each appreciate and are thankful for.

So what are YOU feeling grateful about? Share your answer on Facebook and tag a friend! Let’s see if we can generate not just a wave, but tsunami of gratitude for things big and small, consequential and seemingly trivial. Every share gives you and your friend a chance to each win a Burmese Gratitude Candle.

We’ll start. Here are 3 things we are deeply grateful for:

Women Artisans and Our Partners

The Little Market Lauren Conrad Prosperity Candle

We started this small social enterprise to support women in and from regions of conflict, helping them to build new lives and a brighter future. Turns out they have given us far more in return… we are grateful for their friendship, how our lives have been enriched by their traditions, and the meaningful connection across cultures. (And on the more trivial side, we are grateful for incredible lunches featuring dishes we’ve never heard of – yum!).

Of course, none of this would be possible without partners who embrace fair trade principles and care as much as we do about the good a handmade product can do.  From stores like Ten Thousand Villages to organizations like CARE and companies like Univision, we are incredibly grateful that so many people bring their values to work and help ensure that everything they do – even events gifts – are in alignment with those values.

The Little Market, founded by Lauren Conrad and Hannah Skvarla, is one of our favorite partners. Their mission to empower women artisans complements ours, and we simply love working with their team. It’s amazing what kindness can achieve in business relationships… we so often hear about the opposite, the fiercely competitive side of commerce. Yet there are countless examples where businesses are created for the greater good to positively impact people’s lives and the environment. The Little Market is one of those companies, and we are grateful for their partnership.

Global Impact

World Gratitude Day Prosperity Candle

That we can live in a small town in Western Massachusetts, work out of a beautiful studio in an old mill building, collaborate with women in places like Haiti and Iraq, and purchase handcrafted vessels from artisans in over 20 countries around the world, is amazing. A few years ago we were a couple of people with the silly idea of changing lives through candle-making. Today we’re a few more who are actually making that silly idea happen, one candle at a time.

We also appreciate the international groups that recognize the uniqueness of our mission and model, and have made room for us in their membership. The World Fair Trade Organization and B-Corp, which recognizes Prosperity Candle as a Best for the World enterprise alongside the likes of Warby Parker, are two we are especially grateful to.

YOU!

World Gratitude Day Prosperity Candle

Let’s face it, without people like you, businesses that prioritize social good could not exist. Conscious consumers care as much about how a product is made as the design and price. Everyone loves a deal and the convenience of shopping on Amazon. We all care about the world, but we’re also busy and mindful of expenses. So it takes an especially thoughtful individual to take the extra step of “shopping for change” as a friend of ours puts it.

Thank you. Since our beginnings in 2009 – before we were even a real entity – you have followed us, purchased candles made by women artisans, and shared a message of creating a brighter future for all. You have made Prosperity Candle what it is today… still small and unconventional, but sustainable and contributing to a better world.

We pour every candle by hand one at a time, usually the day it’s ordered so we can make exactly what a customer asks for. That much care doesn’t lend itself to mass production – everything we do is as “small batch” as it gets – and is only possible when people recognize the value in this. We are incredibly grateful that so many do.

Finally, we are grateful to our families, friends and mentors who have given us such unconditional support and understanding. We couldn’t even begin to count the ways you have helped make Prosperity Candle possible. Thank you so very, very much.

Gratitude Candle

Gratitude Candle Prosperity Candle

Now it’s your turn!  Click here to express your gratitude and for a chance to win a Burmese Gratitude Candle for yourself and a friend. Winners will be randomly selected on October 15, 2016. Good luck!

 #WorldGratitudeDay   #ThankYou   #gift

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