B Corps Participate in service projects June17-20

DENVER - Over 100 employees from B Corporations around the Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins areas are volunteering in their communities June 17 - 20, tangibly showing how they are using business as a force for good by “B-ing the Change” in Colorado. Throughout the entire week, Certified B Corps around the United States and the world are coming together to give back to their local communities as part of a global “Be the Change in our Communities” effort.

On June 17 and 19, smaller groups of B Corporations will work on the roof with GRID Alternatives, installing a solar array on a home in a low-income community to help reduce a family’s energy bills while contributing to a renewable grid.  On June 18, a larger group will gather in Lyons to continue with the city’s flood recovery efforts; B Corp employees will be focusing on trail restoration, debris removal, and tree planting, as well as attending to any other needs of the city.  The week will wrap up at the Food Bank of the Rockies in Denver, where volunteers will assemble meals for low-income families and individuals. Other B the Change service days around the world include projects with Habitat for Humanity, a Great Lakes cleanup in Chicago, mural painting, highway cleanups, and home repair projects in low income communities. Full details for each Colorado project and lists of participating companies are below.

“Businesses and the people behind them have the power to spread awareness, create good and ignite worldwide change. We like to think of this movement simply as community in action,” said Kim Coupounas, GoLite Co-Founder and director of B Lab Colorado. “These service projects help showcase the good that can happen when purpose-driven businesses walk the talk. I’m so proud to be able to roll up my sleeves to ‘B the Change’ in my community with fellow business leaders this week.”

“Giving back to our community in tangible ways is important to Rally Software’s employees, not only because of the positive impact they are making but because it lets them share our strengths with organizations who really need it,” says Ryan Martens, co-founder and chief technology officer of Rally Software, a Certified B Corp. “As a Rally employee, it allows them to collaborate with employees across the company while engaging at deeper level with our social mission of creating Citizen Engineers.”

Colorado has an especially strong B Corp community with more than 40 local companies certified including New Belgium Brewing, Rally Software, Moye White, GoLite, Namasté Solar, Door to Door Organics, and the Gary Community Investment Company.

About B Lab
B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement to redefine success in business so that all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world. B Lab drives this systemic change through a number of interrelated initiative: 1) building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between “good companies” and good marketing; 2) passing legislation to accelerate growth of social entrepreneurship and impact investing (20 states have already passed benefit corporation legislation); 3) developing B Analytics, a customizable platform for investors to benchmark and report the impact of their global private equity portfolios; and 4) providing free, powerful tools for businesses to measure, compare and improve their social and environmental performance (more than 16,000 businesses use B Lab’s free B Impact Assessment). For more information, visit www.bcorporation.net and connect with B Lab on Facebook and Twitter.  

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