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Ideaction Corps Honored as ‘Best for Communities’

Posted by Kelly O'Brien on November 19, 2013

Ideaction Corps is one of 61 high impact companies across 35 industries and 13 countries honored for improving the quality of life throughout their communities, and the only B Corporation in Illinois to make the list.

Today, Ideaction Corps was recognized for creating the most positive impact for their communities, by the nonprofit B Lab with the release of the ‘B Corp Best for Communities List’, the fourth installment in its 2013 ‘B Corp Best for the World’ series. 

Ideaction Corps is a collaborative of accomplished agencies and freelancers working together for the common good. A full service social change agency, they offer a broad, deep bench of strategic and creative services to client partners pursuing social impact in their local communities and around the world. They were the creative brains behind a recent Designathon for Early Education and their client partner list is growing, including influencers like Thresholds and Presence Health.

We believe that when people have the opportunity to use their talents to build a better world, clients get innovation and results.   Kelly O'Brien

Ideaction’s comprehensive services include assisting other business in obtaining B Corp certification or legal incorporation in states that have passed the benefit corporation legislation.  Since Illinois passed Benefit Corporation legislation into law, 32 Illinois companies have registered as legal Benefit Corporation entities in the state.

As the author of the benefit corporation legislation in Illinois, I am especially gratified to see one of our State’s companies, located in the district I represent, on this list.  Ideaction Corps is proving that it is not only possible, but advantageous, to do well while also doing good.   Representative Sara Feigenholtz

Other companies earning this honor include Greyston Bakery, as well-known for its open-hiring policies as for supplying brownies to Ben & Jerry's, One PacificCoast Bank, an innovative, triple-bottom line, community development financial institution, and both Cooperative Home Care Associates (NY) and Home Care Associates (PA), two of the largest worker-owned cooperatives providing high-quality home care services to elders and individuals living with disabilities. 30% of honorees are based outside the US, with 5 based in Canada and 14 in emerging markets. Honorees operating in emerging markets include a telecommunications company in Afghanistan (Roshan), an internet cafe and job training company in Brazil (CDI Ventures S/A), and an investor in smallholder farmers in Kenya (Juhudi Kilimo).  (Full list of honorees)  

Businesses that can empirically demonstrate they improve the quality of life in the communities around them will be the ones that attract the best talent and turn their customers into evangelists. Jay Coen Gilbert, co-founder of B Lab

The ‘B Corp Best for Communities List’ honors businesses that earned an overall score in the top 10% of all Certified B Corporations for their positive impact on their communities as measured by the B Impact Assessment, a comprehensive assessment used by more than 10,000 businesses to measure their impact on their workers, community, and the environment. This analysis includes metrics regarding the company’s product/service direct impact on social issues including health, education and economic opportunity, supplier and workforce diversity, local and fair trade supply chains, and volunteerism and charitable giving.

Each honoree is a Certified B Corporation, a new type of company that uses the power of business for good and meets rigorous standards of overall social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Today there are over 850 Certified B Corporations across more than 60 industries and 28 countries, unified by the common goal to redefine success in business.

In April, B Lab recognized 67 companies as ‘Best for the World’ (overall impact); in June, 63 companies as ‘Best for the Environment’; and in September, 79 companies as ‘Best for Workers’.

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Ideaction Corps is a General Contractor for Good.  A full service social change agency,  Ideaction makes the world better by supporting inspiring ideas for change with passionate talent that can execute. We help our clients with organizational and campaign development, strategic communication and advocacy, resource development, digital and creative services. If your organization is working to make a positive social impact, Ideaction Corps can help. For more information, visit www.ideactioncorps.com.

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 measuring, benchmarking, and reporting on impact 4) providing free, powerful tools for businesses to measure, compare and improve their social and environmental performance (more than 15,000 businesses use B Lab’s free B Impact Assessment).

For more information, visit www.bcorporation.net, www.b-analytics.net and www.benefitcorp.net.

Executives from each honored company available for comment. For more information contact Kelly O'Brien at kelly@ideactioncorps.com, (312) 532-4881 or Katie Kerr at katie@bcorporation.net, (610) 293-0299

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