What is a B CorpTM
B Corps are for-profit companies, certified by the nonprofit B Lab® that meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Learn more.
It’s just the beginning…
Since 2018, Copernicus has been a part of a community of like-minded companies that want to use business as a force for good. We want to redefine what a successful business is by being directed and shaped through a social and environmental conscience. Below is a brief outline about our journey to becoming a B Corp.
Why did we want to become a B Corp?
We wanted to become a B Corp because we truly believe that businesses have a responsibility to do more good in the world. The B Corp assessment gave us the opportunity to prove to ourselves that we could formally achieve a recognized level of social and environmental responsibility and to help encourage other businesses to do the same.
Left: Copernicus Trees for Schools Program. Middle: Jim Phillips (Copernicus co-founder) with Monte Hummel (President Emeritus of WWF Canada) walking the Copernicus Trail. Right: Solar panels installed at our office in Canada. Learn more about our giving back initiatives.
Where did we start and where are we headed?
We started with a belief that we, as a business, needed to become more responsible - more responsible towards our employees, our environment, and our community. In 2009 we decided to actively pursue social and environmental goals as a company. Progress did not come overnight; but through years of building on that momentum, we challenged ourselves to see how we stacked up to the globally recognized standards of the B Corp assessment. Our initial assessment score indicated that there was more work to do in order to receive certification.
In 2017 we hired a Social and Environmental Responsibility Coordinator, who collaborated with each department in our company in order to gain insight into what areas could be improved. New policies, procedures and initiatives were formalized as a result. These improvements, in conjunction with existing social and environmental initiatives, created the framework for our certification. With significant dedication and engaged teamwork, this multi-pronged approach resulted in our company being certified as a B Corp! Click here to see our score.
Today, we are acutely aware of how much further we have to go on this ever-evolving journey. Some of our first priorities? Investigating the products we manufacture through a critical lens and working closely with our supply chain to ensure our impact extends past our facility walls.
Students from one of the schools we support in China, our employees celebrating a weird love for rainbows on Copernicus Rainbow Day and an engaged student in deep thought during a product photo shoot. Learn more about our giving back initiatives
How are we going to contribute to a brighter future?
- To create a work environment that not only leads to a more responsible and profitable business but helps employees become their best selves.
- To improve the social and environmental conditions in the regions where we operate, we aim to contribute 1% of our sales towards initiatives that focus on the environment and education.
- To strike a balance between profitability and the well-being of our employees, environment, community, customers and partners.
To find out more about the B Corp community, we encourage you to visit www.bcorporation.net