SAN FRANCISCO, June 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Founded on the belief that business can be a force for good, Method Products, PBC and its sister brand Ecover have soared to new heights with a verified score of 146 on the B Impact Assessment. The outstanding achievement, which was announced today by Drew Fraser, CEO of Method and Ecover's parent company People Against Dirty, lands the brands in the top two percent of all Benefit Corporations.
The B Corp model is intrinsic to People Against Dirty, which values growing the public benefit along with profit. B Corp certification is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or LEED certification is to green building. B Corps are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. As one of B Corp's 2016 Best for The World recognized companies, the pioneering organization has a long-term ambition to help restore the planet's natural resources and benefit communities while responsibly growing the business globally.
A B Impact Assessment score of 80 is eligible for certification, so a score 146 not only exceeds People Against Dirty's projected 2020 score, it also puts Method and Ecover in the company of groundbreaking B Corps like Patagonia and New Belgium Brewing Co. These brands each push industry boundaries and serve as leaders and examples for the business-for-good community and mainstream business.
"A lot of amazing work has gone into combining two brands with great heritage and history, which has made us that much stronger overall," said Fraser. "From our supply chain, innovation and logistics work to taking care of our people every step of the way, we've attempted things that no one in our industry has dared. We opened our South Side Soapbox factory in Pullman, Chicago and adopted local hiring practices to contribute to the community's bright future. We're implementing best in class employee benefits globally, in every office and factory. We're committed to healthy people, a healthy planet and healthy business, and our latest B Corp score validates all of our efforts."
Over the past two years, Method and Ecover's global certification achievements include:
- Creating the Benefit Blueprint to map corporate goals, tracking and reporting metrics quarterly
- Opening and operating the industry's first-ever LEED Platinum certified factory, located in Chicago
- Joining B Lab's Inclusion Challenge to improve organizational diversity
"Method played a fundamental role in the founding of the Certified B Corporation movement, and Ecover has a long history of maximizing their positive impact," said Ben Anderson, chief B Keeper at B Lab. "Core to the B Corp mission is the idea that we are better together. By joining forces and engaging our communities, B Corps can redefine business and create more good for the world."
ABOUT PEOPLE AGAINST DIRTY
People Against Dirty is a company made up of two brands – method and Ecover – filled with fearless thinkers, mad scientists and adventurous designers who believe in defying the status quo with innovation and optimism. We take cleaning seriously – but not ourselves. Founded in 2000 and headquartered in San Francisco, method (methodhome.com) is the pioneer of premium planet-friendly and design-driven home, fabric and personal care products. Formulated with naturally derived, biodegradable ingredients, method puts the hurt on dirt without doing harm to people, creatures or the planet. Also playing an important role at People Against Dirty is Ecover (ecover.com) the revered pioneering European-based line of ecological cleaning products that has had an enormous impact on the world of cleaning – and a positive impact on the environment – since its formation in 1979. As a certified B Corp, People Against Dirty is raising the bar in clean manufacturing with our legendary green factory in Belgium and the industry's first LEED Platinum-certified manufacturing plant in Chicago, affectionately known as the South Side Soapbox.
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 will compete to be best for the world and that society will enjoy a more shared and durable prosperity. B Lab drives this systemic change by: (1) building a global community of Certified B Corporations; (2) promoting Mission Alignment using innovative corporate structures like the benefit corporation to align the interests of business with those of society; (3) 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 which they work — with as much rigor as their profits; and (4) inspiring millions to join the movement through compelling storytelling. For more information, visit www.bcorporation.net.
Sara Crumley Berman
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