NEW YORK, Feb. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- EILEEN FISHER, Inc. known for its commitment to responsible and eco-friendly business announces that it has officially become a Certified B Corporation. EILEEN FISHER, Inc. joins a prestigious group of over 1,500 companies across 42 countries and 130 industries recognized as leaders in social and environmental standards who are redefining success in business. With this certification, EILEEN FISHER, Inc. becomes the largest women's fashion company to be named a B Corporation by B Lab. In addition, EILEEN FISHER, Inc. will be the largest B Corp company in the state of New York.
"EILEEN FISHER is proud and honored to become a part of the B Corporation community," says Founder and Chairwoman, Eileen Fisher. "Being acknowledged for our work over three decades is a testament to our passionate commitment to social and environmental responsibility. This recognition allows us to take a bold step in sharing who we are and what we believe in, and to make greater impact in the world as a fashion industry leader. Being a triple bottom line business means putting a stake in the ground around our purpose and practices – and truly turning business into a movement."
B Corps voluntarily meet high criterion for social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. As a B Corp, EILEEN FISHER, Inc. is dedicated to continue building quality partnerships with suppliers, customers and communities that will affect positive change in the fashion industry and in the world. This certification confirms the commitment of operating successfully as a triple bottom line company - acknowledging that profits are important to the success and growth but no more important than our people and our planet.
"We are thrilled that EILEEN FISHER, Inc. has joined the B Corp community," said Jay Coen Gilbert, co-founder of B Lab, the nonprofit behind the B Corp movement. "Social change is a team sport and it's powerful to have iconic brands like Eileen Fisher, Patagonia and Ben & Jerry's working together to use B Corp as a platform for their collective leadership in striving toward industry-wide and systemic change."
The certification comes on the heels of the company's announcement in March 2015 of Vision2020, a bold plan detailing the steps the company will take over the course of the next five years toward reaching a goal of 100% sustainability. Becoming a B Corp is another step in the company's journey to set the industry standard as a force for positive change.
About EILEEN FISHER:
EILEEN FISHER has been creating effortlessly chic clothes for over 30 years. Designed with pure shapes and fine fabrics, the collections offer sophistication, comfort and style that lasts. As a socially conscious company, EILEEN FISHER is a pioneer in eco-friendly fashion and in supporting global initiatives that empower women and girls. The clothing is sold at over 60 EILEEN FISHER retail stores, over 300 department and specialty stores across the US, UK and Canada as well as 2 Green Eileen stores, which are part of the company's innovative recycling program. For more information, visit eileenfisher.com, or find us on Facebook (facebook.com/eileenfisherny) or Instagram as @eileenfisherny.
About B Lab:
B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. Its vision is that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the Best for the World® and as a result society will enjoy a more shared and durable prosperity. B Lab drives this systemic change by:
- Building a global community of Certified B Corporations who meet the highest standards of verified, overall social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability;
- Promoting Mission Alignment using innovative corporate structures like the benefit corporation to align the interests of business with those of society and to help high impact businesses be built to last;
- Helping tens of thousands of businesses, investors, and institutions Measure What Matters by using the B Impact Assessment and B Analytics to manage their impact -- and the impact of the businesses with whom they work -- with as much rigor as their profits;
- Inspiring millions to join the movement through compelling story-telling by B the Change Media.
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