The holiday season is upon us, which means many of us will be buying more than we do the rest of the year. Gathering for family meals and exchanging gifts is an important part of our lives, but not all purchases are created equal. This season, MiiR would like to invite you to make a difference with your dollar and focus on giving “gifts for good,” by shopping at certified B Corps.
Why Shop B Corp?
Most MiiR customers know that we have giving in our DNA, and some are probably aware that we are a B Corp, but what exactly does mean to be a B Corporation? Since we’re approaching the season of giving, we thought we’d give you a little background on the certification and why we believe, no matter what you’re looking for, “shopping B Corp” is a great way to create a positive impact with your dollar.
What Are You Supporting When You Shop B Corp?
Support their local communities
Place emphasis on environmentally sustainability
Engage customers and employees in philanthropy
Promote equitable hiring practices
Work together in partnership to drive change
Are transparent and authentic in their pursuit of improvement
What is a B Corporation Certification?
B Corp status is a certification managed by an independent, third-party called B Lab. B lab is a nonprofit organization dedicated to measuring and amplifying the social and environmental impact of businesses around the world. In fact, the B Corp certification is the only certification that measures a company’s entire social and environmental performance.
In order to measure this performance, B Lab employs the B Impact Assessment (BIA). Used by over 50,000 businesses, the (BIA) is a free, online platform that evaluates how a company interacts with it’s workers, customers, community, and environment. From supply chain and input materials to charitable giving and employee benefits, B Corp Certification proves a business is meeting the highest standards of verified performance.
B Corp Suggestions for your Holiday Shopping:
Looking to outfit the family for the Winter? Patagonia, one of the highest profile B Corps, is committed to “using business as a force for good,” continually challenging industry standards by sourcing their products using highly sustainable methods and driving environmental and social advocacy.
Now that it’s getting dark earlier we find we need a little extra caffeine to keep on the grind. Nossa Familia Coffee is an awesome option if you are looking for delicious, sustainable and ethically sourced coffee for yourself, or a sleepy loved one.
No matter what you are up to in the next couple of months, chances are you’ll be gathering with friends and family for a meal at some point. World Centric makes it easy on you with eco-friendly, 100% compostable plates, cups, flatware and more. Throw in their robust nonprofit grantmaking program and it’s a simple choice.
Another heavyweight in the B Corp space, New Belgium Brewing has donated over $9 million to nonprofit organizations since 1995. Focusing on supporting communities and environmental sustainability, they understand that in order to enjoy the things we love we have to consume responsibly. No holiday tie-in here, we just love beer.
Find a Director of B Corps for Holiday Shopping