NI earns B Lab “Best for the World” designation

For the second time, Natural Investments has been recognized by the nonprofit B Labs as among the top companies in the world for its overall social and environmental impact.  Each year, B Labs rates Certified B Corporations on a comprehensive array of 200 metrics measuring corporate impact on workers, consumers, suppliers, community, and the environment; those whose scores rate in the top 10% of all companies receive the Best for the World designation. Natural Investments’ Managing Partner Michael Kramer notes, “Our clients walk their talk with their investments, so it makes sense for us to operate our company with attention to high social, environmental, and governance standards.”

This year’s 120 honorees come from 49 different industries, ranging from manufacturing and telecommunications to pharmaceuticals and finance. 44 of the companies are based outside the US, including several operating in emerging markets such as Afghanistan, The Republic of Korea, and Brazil. (Full list at bestfortheworld.bcorporation.net)

“Today’s honorees inspire all companies to compete not only to be best in the world, but best for the world.  We hope many will take the first step by using the B Impact Assessment to measure and manage their impact with as much rigor as their profit,” said Jay Coen Gilbert, Co-Founder of B Lab. Each honored company is a Certified B Corporation. These companies use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems and have met rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Today there are over 1,200 Certified B Corporations, across 121 industries and 38 countries, unified by one common goal: to redefine success in business. Any company can measure and manage social and environmental performance at bimpactassessment.net.

Natural Investments is a registered investment adviser with offices in California, Colorado, Kentucky, New York, and South Carolina and a regular presence in Massachusetts, Oregon, and Washington. Since 1992, the firm has maintained and published the first rating system that evaluates the social and environmental performance of mutual funds, the NI Social Rating. A Founding B Corp, Natural Investments has also earned distinction as a certified green business by Green America. The firm’s founders wrote two of the leading books on SRI, Investing from the Heart (1992) and Investing With Your Values: Making Money and Making a Difference (2000); Kramer and his NI partners recently authored the firm’s third book, The Resilient Investor: A Plan for Your Life, Not Just Your Money (Berrett-Koehler, 2015).  For more information, visit www.naturalinvestments.com and www.resilientinvestor.com.

B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good.  Its vision is that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world and society will enjoy prosperity for all for the long term.

B Lab drives this systemic change by: 1) building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between “good companies” and good marketing; 2) passing benefit corporation legislation to give business leaders the freedom to create value for society as well as shareholders; 3) helping businesses measure, compare and improve their social and environmental performance with the free B Impact Assessment; 4) driving capital to impact investments through use of its B Analytics and GIIRS Ratings platform.

For more information, visit www.bcorporation.net.

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