This summer, the Skidmore Group started down the path to becoming a B-Corp certified organization. A “B-Corp,” or “Benefit Corporation” are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Today, there is a growing community of more than 2,100 Certified B Corps from 50 countries and over 130 industries working together toward 1 unifying goal: to redefine success in business.
The Skidmore Group is built on hard work, trust and giving back. We have always believed in using business as a force for good, and B-Corp is a way to keep us accountable to that commitment. The areas that we are being evaluated and measured in are governance, workers, community, environment, and customers. Our aim is to meet and exceed the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability, and aspire to use the power of markets to solve social and environmental problems. We want to be not only the best in the world, but the best for the world.
The path to becoming B-corp certified is just the start. "We want to inspire other people and businesses to re-evaluate how they measure success beyond financial performance," says Garry Skidmore. "We have a lot of work to do, but throughout this process we have gained perspective, accountability, and have grown closer as an organization and as a team."