Environmental & Public Health Consulting has made it to the B Lab Best for the World lists for the third year in a row, scoring high in positive environmental impact and achieving the 2017 Best for the Environment for companies scoring high in that impact category.
A total of 846 businesses across 52 industries from 48 countries were recognized on the full list of 2017 Best for the World honorees.
Read on for more from the announcement of this year’s awardees.
There is little debate about the future world in which we’d like to live: It is a world in which all people enjoy high-quality jobs with dignity and purpose; safe and neighborly communities that enrich our families; and a healthy environment for us and our grandchildren’s grandchildren.
Yet, like David facing Goliath, we too face forces that can feel unbeatable: the overwhelming power of amoral global capital markets; failing political institutions; and rising inequality, sea levels, discontent, and violence, both seemingly random and institutional.
As business leaders and as citizens, what will we choose to do in our moment of decision?
We don’t have to bend to conventional wisdom; nor do we have to stand alone. There is a global movement of people using the power of business to achieve a higher purpose than profit maximization. They strive to use business as a force for good: good for workers, good for communities, good for the environment. They redefine success in business by competing to be not just best in the world, but best for the world.
Among the honorees are modern-day heroes restoring buffalo and livelihoods to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
There are dark horses seeking to make data more readily accessible and useful for doctors, researchers, and other changemakers.
There are champions providing affordable financing for lower-income communities who have been left behind by the traditional markets.
And many, many more underdogs and advocates around the world, banding together to take action to create a better, more equitable and durable prosperity for all.
We will need millions of Davids—of all backgrounds, all genders, from every country in the world—to identify the Goliaths, to commit to taking action, and lastly, and most importantly, to act. The future is an act of our creation—the future will arise from the actions of many, inspiring and collaborating with each other, no matter the long odds or conventional wisdom.
Taking action doesn’t just reject conventional wisdom; our actions can change it. Day-to-day headlines may be disheartening, but there is good news to be found from a bird’s-eye view. The individuals and institutions that have defined the role of business in society are listening, from multinational corporations to Wall Street asset managers. The capital markets are quietly shifting—by continuing to lead the way, the B Corp community can make that call for change louder and louder.