Blue Earth Compost was recently certified as a B-Corp, meaning that we are a "company that meets the highest standards of social and environmental impact." This has been a goal of ours for many years and it feels so incredible to have achieved this milestone.
I like to think of the B Corp certification for businesses as similar to what the Fair Trade certification is for products and producers. Certification is a stringent process carried out by professionals from the B Lab agency in which they examine all of the impacts of a company with a fine tooth comb. These elements include governance, transparency, accountability, social and environmental impact, worker rights and treatment, and community stakeholder involvement, among others. They assign point values to how a business performs in these categories and if you meet a certain threshold, you can receive their certification.
To qualify, a business must receive 80 points out of a total of 200 available points. The median score for ordinary businesses who complete the assessment is currently 50.9. We received a 95.1 which placed us in the top 5% of businesses of our size, worldwide. This means we've been recognized as one of the "Best for the World" for business's our size. We don't tend to brag, but that's pretty friggin' cool.
We've always seen Blue Earth Compost as more than a business, but a vehicle for change. It's a huge honor to be recognized for our efforts and commitment. Even though it's a much tougher path, we'll always walk the walk.