In August 2013, we achieved “B Corporation” certification for our focus on sustainability, social responsibility and business performance. Certified B Corporations integrate the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit into their business organization and culture.
The founders of B Lab created a points-based certification system for forward-thinking entrepreneurs and businesses that aim to create and operate within a sustainable business framework. The movement includes industry leaders Ben & Jerry’s, Patagonia, GoLite, Numi Tea, New Belgium Brewing Company and now Ecologic Designs.
“As an enterprise that was founded on the triple bottom line principle and focuses on waste reduction in the form of upcycling, Ecologic Designs is extremely excited to be part of the B-Corp community. This group of certified and remarkable businesses can collectively create positive change and really define how businesses can operate more sustainably. We look forward to upholding and raising the standards for consumer products and business practices,” says our CEO Davidson Lewis.
We earned an A+ rating on Global Reporting Initiative’s international standards registry. It took years of planning, material research, modeling and design work for Ecologic Designs to win this award.
Our manufacturing is localized and closed-loop, uncommon in today’s global economy. We are committed to a new standard of best practices, a standard that begins to solve the enormous issues facing conventional manufacturing businesses today.
Our sustainability policy starts with a promise, and that is to always operate as sustainably as possible and only produce products that give back more to the planet than they require to be made. We take sustainability seriously, and so should your organization. It begins with a choice. Will you do business with a company that happens to make some green products on the side, or will you partner with Ecologic Designs, our sustainable-from-the-ground-up company that can fulfill your needs?
Ecologic Designs currently manufactures most of its products within 18 miles of our facility in Boulder, Colorado. Within 25 miles we’re able to collect over 60% of our raw materials from individuals, businesses and venues. As we grow we will create satellite facilities to process another region’s waste into goods for customers in the same area.
As demand continues to increase, we have established additional local and regional collection and manufacturing services around country, continuing to minimize transportation and fuel impact while maximizing local economic and environmental benefits. With a emphasis on Made in the USA, we want to bring jobs back to the US and help create greener jobs.
Reclamation Station is our supply chain model for obtaining difficult-to-recycle materials. This service diverts literally tons of waste per year from entering landfills or being incinerated.
Being sustainable is a set of principles from which we conduct business, it’s a systemic way of producing our goods, it’s a way to value our employees and external stakeholders, and it’s a way for us to measure achievement and real profitability. The importance of reporting is not being perfect, it’s about being honest and approaching real solutions with integrity. It’s with this idea, weight scales, timers, engineering and software tools that we measure everything we possibly can.
To account for our sustainability, we submit an annual report which contains our Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR), written according to Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G3 Standards with the intention of establishing the transparent business practices. It explains the management principles and structure of our company as well as our full operational impact on hundreds of environmental, economic and social indicators.
This 41-page report details the entirety of our business structure and practices communicating our social, economic and environmental impacts. Many familiar companies are members, but few have the depth of reporting, which we feel is necessary to detail.
Third Party Verification
In 2008, we partnered with Valparaiso University and Symbiotic Engineering to verify the integrity of the data in our CSR. This was conducted under Corporate Register’s MatchMaker Program and was a beta test for SME companies to participate in a reporting environment this rigorous.
Beyond the Triple Bottom Line
Measuring our negative impact and beneficial return to society, the environment, and the economy is a deep process of data collection and constant tabulation. We are now utilizing a Sustainability Management System, or SMS, to monitor the success of our operational mechanics and governing policies.
In addition to the GRI indicators that are contained in our sustainability report, the SMS provides a timeline that coincides with set goals, testing and review periods, and establishes accountability on a new level.
Walking the Talk
At our facility in Boulder Colorado, we practice what we preach.
We recycle a wide range of materials, compost on-site, use energy efficient lighting, and proactively manage our energy usage. Most employees commute by bicycle, carpool, or use public transit. By applying these practices, we are able to significantly reduce our environmental impact as an organization.