Employees at New Belgium Brewing, which made this year’s Best Companies for the World list. -New Belgium Brewing Company
No business is immune from making bad decisions, but some companies do more good for the world than others.
Every year, the nonprofit B Lab rolls out its list of the best companies for the world — that is, the top 10% of B Corp-certified scorers on the B Impact Assessment, a sustainability management tool that examines a company’s effect on the environment, workers, and community.
B Lab certification requires companies to meet a rigorous set of criteria related to corporate social responsibility, including environmental and legal accountability. It’s a high benchmark in and of itself, so a B Lab-certified company that also scores highly on the impact assessment is a big deal.
This time around, over 500 companies were eligible for the Best for the World awards.
Scroll down to see the top small, medium, and large businesses who scored highly.
Roshan Mobile Afghanistan
Roshan is Afghanistan’s largest telecom provider, and as of 2014, it was the largest private employer in the country as well.
“With significant investment in philanthropic sources, they built out a telecommunications network across Afghanistan and brought cell service to the majority of that country” says Bryan Welch, CEO of B the Change Media. “They’ve regularly had to deal with the Taliban blowing up their towers because [the Taliban] is resistant to people having good communications facilities.”
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