Benefiting People & Planet: Our Annual B Corp Report

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As a certified Benefit Corporation (B Corp), we release an annual report that shows our stakeholders (that’s you) what we’ve done over the past year. First, you might need some background information…

What’s a certified B Corp?

B Corp certification is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk. It’s a certification that looks at an entire business — not just individual products. B Corps are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

Why is GladRags a B Corp?

We choose to be a certified B Corp because it holds us accountable for our actions, and encourages us to confront every opportunity with the questions: does this reflect our values? How does this serve people and planet? You can read more about why being a B Corp matters to us here.

Where can I learn more about B Corps?

You can learn more about GladRags’ certification here, and browse general B Corp information here.

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2014 Annual Report

You can download our 2014 annual report here (PDF). Here are the highlights from 2014, including our goals for the future.

GOVERNANCE:

  • GladRags is owned and operated by women.
  • GladRags has an independent advisory board that reviews financial documents and keep us on track with our mission.
  • In the future, we’ll expand our advisory board and track our mission-related outcomes better.

ENVIRONMENT:

  • Our packaging contains 75% to 100%  post-consumer recycled cardboard
  • We recycle and reduce waste wherever possible in our office
  • Our products consist of environmentally preferred materials (reusable materials, organic, etc)
  • In the future, we’ll perform in-depth analyses of our products’ life cycle to reduce their environmental footprints even more.

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WORKERS:

  • GladRags partners with local non-profits to provide employment to marginalized populations (immigrant youth, individuals with developmental disabilities)
  • 75% of medical, dental, and vision premiums are covered for eligible employees
  • In the future, we’ll work to improve the benefits to our employees.

COMMUNITY:

  • Our cloth pads are sewn (literally walking distance from our office HQ!) — not overseas!
  • Most of our major suppliers are women-owned
  • In the future, we’ll focus on improving our supply chain to better benefit our local community.

We’d love to hear what you think about our progress, and what you think we should focus on in the coming years. After all, GladRags exists because of you, our customers. We think that our company practices should reflect what you care about!