Core to our business is the active role we play in building a triple bottom line and community centered business model. We actively support and encourage a healthy work-life balance. We resonate with the vision of B Corporations (Benefit Corporations) and our simple yet ambitious goal which is to be a part of creating a new sector of the economy which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems for the betterment of humanity. We believe when corporations embrace the philosophy that we can "do well at being good" they will see that sustainable commerce is more viable than extractive economics.
We hope North Carolina will soon join other states to recognize Benefit Corporations. BLab anticipates full recognition within two years, and in response we are integrating B-corporation standards and policies into the DNA of our company. Currently, we are in the process of developing the internal policies necessary to be in place before we request an Impact Assessment by BLab. This is a long and detail specific journey for manufacturers, which we are taking one step at a time. Upon successful completion of their Impact Assessment, we will execute a Declaration of Interdependence which will seamlessly transition us to a B-corporation. Here are some of the key values we are creating policy around:
- Creating a path to worker ownership for full time employees. We are currently 15.41% employee-held.
- Planning implementation of living wage policies into our 2015 and 2016 sales projections.
- Treating the Earth as the precious resource it is - proactive and sustainable environmental stewardship/conservation
- Equal hiring, pay and benefits regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity or marital status.