The B Corporation “Best For The World 2019” list is out and Savannah Consulting is proud to be among the top 10% of all B Corps for serving our community.
Certified B Corporations (B Corps) are for-profit companies (for example Ben & Jerry’s, Patagonia, Eileen Fisher, Danone, King Arthur Flour, and locally, Emmy’s Organics, Taitem Engineering, Comet Skateboards, etc.) that use the power of business to build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.
B Corps meet the highest verified standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. As of 2018, there were more than 2,500 B Corps in 130 industries and 60 countries around the world.
The Certification process uses credible, comprehensive, transparent, and independent standards of social and environmental performance. It’s like being certified “organic” or “fair trade.” It measures a company’s performance in five categories: governance, workers, customers, community, and the environment.
Savannah Consulting’s score in the community category was among the top 10% of all B Corps! We earned points for our services and operating model, the percentage of our suppliers and clients who are local, and the fact that Savannah is a “designed to give” company.
Services and Operating Model
Savannah is essentially in the education business sector, providing one-on-one transformational coaching, facilitating team and organizational programming, and providing speaker coaching. But it’s not just what services I provide, but who I provide them to that earned my company this honor.
I serve local clients, with an emphasis on non-profits who are doing community building themselves—often supporting underserved individuals (low-income, children, women, the LGBTQ community, etc.). In 2018, 18% of my revenues came from non-profits, and 8% from Cleantech initiatives. Even when I work with for-profit companies, I focus on empowering women leaders and/or employees with less role-related power. In 2018, 71% of my coaching clients were women.
Suppliers and Partners
Even though I live in a small town with limited suppliers, in 2018, 49% of my supplies came from locally-owned companies, 24% from women-owned, and 8% from B Corporations. The majority of Savannah Consulting’s banking services were provided by member-owned credit unions, which also give back to the community.
The folks I couldn’t run my business without include Andrea QasGuargis (tech and projects), Allison Duncan (administrative assistance), Liz Zarnoch (accounting and taxes), Jordan Myers (pet sitting during business trips), Sean Lukasik (website hosting), and Treu (office supplies). I’m also committed to Socially Responsible Investing thru Greg Pitts of Natural Investing, a founding B Corporation, with an office in Ithaca.
Other Community Building that Isn’t Measured
Although my business isn’t scored on these factors in my life, I still value them as ways to build interdependence and community.
Gardening, composting, recycling — to keep my environmental footprint as small as possible, and to bring beauty and nourishment to my neighborhood. (“Extra tomatoes and cucumbers, anyone?)
Beekeeping — to support our farmers by cultivating pollinators.
Little Free Library steward — to provide a place in my yard for my neighbors to share books.
Small house in a marginalized neighborhood where I make a point to connect with my neighbors regularly — to create belonging and security.
Book group — we’ve been meeting monthly for more than 30 years.
Writers group — we’ve been meeting semi-regularly for more than 25 years.
Improvisational singers group — we’ve been meeting semi-regularly for more than 10 years.
Participating in art openings, museum programming, community education, fundraisers, political campaigns, and other community enriching activities.
Supporting small, locally-owned businesses, including shops, restaurants, wineries, breweries, farms, garden centers, and art galleries.