Three Richmond-area firms among the world’s best B-Corps

By John Reid Blackwell | Richmond Times-Dispatch

Four Virginia companies have been recognized as being among the world’s best businesses that have a social and environmental impact beyond just seeking profits.

The companies, including three Richmond-area firms, were named among the world’s 85 best businesses by B-Lab, a nonprofit organization that advocates and promotes B corporations, which are ventures that have social and environmental purposes as part of their business mission.

Greater Richmond Grid, a free, lifestyle magazine that highlights personalities and businesses, was named among the “best overall” B corporations and among the “best for communities” businesses.

Virginia Community Capital, a community development financial institution that provides advisory services and loans that promote economic development in underserved communities, was recognized as among the “best for communities” ventures.

Acorn Sign Graphics, a Richmond company that designs and fabricates eco-friendly custom architectural signage and graphics, was named among the “best for environment” businesses.

Also among the “best for environment” firms is Rivanna Natural Designs, a Charlottesville company that creates awards, plaques and gifts made from Forest Stewardship Council-certified woods, bamboo and recycled glass.

Globally, the list of honorees includes companies such as x-runner, a small business in Lima, Peru, that provides waterless toilets and waste management services to families that do not have standard toilets, and Juhudi Kilimo, a firm in Kenya that provides financing for small farms and rural enterprises.

There are more than 1,045 certified B corporations working in 60 industries and in 34 countries.

 

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