Cindy's blog "The best for the World 2016" Jan 13


As most of you know,  Calstone has been working hard to achieve B Corp certification .To certify,  a company must get a score of at least 80 out of 200 on a list of criteria . B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. The B Impact Assessment gives companies a score based on how they perform on metrics for impact on their communities, the environment, workers and customers.

We began the process in the summer and have been working with the B Corp team to prove that Calstone  follows the rigorous standards set by B Corp. Today, there is a growing community of more than 1,600 Certified B Corps from 42 countries and over 120 industries working together toward 1 unifying goal: to redefine success in business. If we achieve the certification, Calstone will be the first manufacturer in Canada to do so, which is an amazing feat.

B Corp certification shines a light on the companies leading the global movement of people using business as a force for good. Out of the 1,600 certified, over 500 companies worldwide were recognized for their exceptional social and environmental impact. B the Change Media released the 2016 Best for the World lists, highlighting the companies all over the world that are creating exceptional positive social and environmental impact. Every year, B Lab highlights the Certified B Corporations in the B Corp community that go above and beyond in their pursuit of positive impact I will be happy to just achieve the certification, but who knows, maybe one day Calstone will be on this esteemed list!

Winning companies featured on the Best for the World lists scored in the top 10% of the B Corp community in each of five categories—they are the top performers in an already exceptional group of businesses. Learn more about the criteria. Many of them are the best businesses in the world. More certainly, they have subjected themselves to a strict assessment that indicates that they are the best for the world.

It is inspiring to see  the variety, vision and accomplishments of all the companies that have qualified as Best for the World honorees. The stories, lists and data on this website showcase businesses that stood out to the B the Change Media editorial team.  We can hope these examples and insights will inspire thousands more companies to engage in this collegial competition to do more good for the world. This list is filled with inspiring companies that are thinking outside the box and turning a work place into a force for good. How some of the business owners even thought of the ideas for their products and business plan is crazy! Please spend some time reading about the many companies on this list,  as one day I hope Calstone will be in their good company.

This impressive list would be impossible to do justice to, but here are just two of the cool products from the list. In the coming weeks  I will highlight more. I hope to hear very soon, officially, that Calstone has achieved the B Corp certification as I hope I have uploaded all the documents and information they require.  As of right now we have scored a 92 out of the 200 so it looks good. Every two years we recertify and have to improve our score, but I look forward to the challenge!!

These Handmade Bags Are Made From Fire Hoses

James Henrit and Kresse Wesling  was founded in 2005  and they produce handmade bags and other accessories. Their company wasn’t based on a love of accessories, though — it was based on a love of fire hoses. The duo was disheartened by the idea of so many old fire hoses in London being thrown away at the end of their useful lives, so they concocted a plan to keep them alive. Elvis & Kresse’s fire-hose products are inherently durable (as we know, fire hoses are built for tough conditions), and each item tells a story The hose is a life saving material whose long history of active service is evident in its scars and color variations. Its association with fire service personnel, our heroes, was also a draw. Then you have the nature of the material itself: It is incredibly strong and durable with far too much potential to languish in landfill.

Indosole Upcycles Tires Into Shoes

Tires take thousands of years to decompose, and in tropical countries, scrapped tires can become hot spots for disease-carrying mosquitoes. Burning tires produce toxic flames and oils.

According to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, more than a billion tires are discarded each year worldwide. So, innovative solutions for managing growing mountains of tire waste are essential for a healthy planet. That realization led to Kyle Parsons’ “Aha” moment. On a trip to Bali in 2004, owner Kyle Parsons bought a new pair of sandals that had repurposed-tire soles. “When I looked up, I saw motorbikes and cars whizzing past me on the road,” he says. “Looking back down at the sandals, I thought, ‘This is genius.’ I couldn’t believe more people weren’t making shoes this way.”

Parsons founded Indosole in 2009. Today, the company offers a wide range of footwear, including handcrafted sandals and modern boat shoes. Each pair of shoes starts its life where a tire’s life ended. Indosole shoes are sold throughout the world, and nearly 55,000 tires have been repurposed to create them. Parsons and his team of six full-time employees and 25 craftspeople look forward to reaching their long-term goal of turning 1 million tires into durable shoes.