When we say that GladRags is a certified Benefit Corporation, some people are duly impressed, while others (such as myself, when I first discovered GladRags) wonder what exactly a B Corp is. We’re proud to be certified – GladRags was actually one of the first businesses in Oregon to become a certified legal B Corp – so we’re always happy to
B Corps are companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet certain standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Certified B Corps must undergo a rigorous assessment in order to receive their certification, but also to maintain it. Once you know what the clean and simple B Corp logo looks like, you might notice one out in the wild. For example, I was pleasantly surprised to find that my favorite local sushi restaurant is a B Corp!
Here at GladRags, we believe in using business as a force for good. We create products to help people reduce their impact on the planet, and integrate our commitment to environmental and social justice into every aspect of how we do business. We became a B Corp to challenge ourselves to continually improve and to ensure that we continue to maintain our core values as our business grows. Some of the ways we obtained and maintain our certification include providing high-quality reusable products rather than single-use disposable products, packaging all orders in recycled, recyclable, and/or biodegradable materials, and donating a minimum of 1% of profits to non-profit organizations such as UnTabooed.
We believe in transparency, so we make sure that everyone can access performance data about the social and environmental practices that stand behind our products. View our 2016 Benefit Report to see what’s still going strong, what changed, and what we hope to improve!