Online Spanish Tutoring Pioneer Speak Shop Announces B Corp Certification

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Speak Shop leads the industry in social performance standards by becoming the first language instruction provider to achieve B Corp Certification

B Corporation certification represents what we believe in. We want to be part of a community of businesses that are committed to solving social and environmental problems. We also like embedding these values into our governing documents to ensure clarity and common purpose within the company and with investors and other stakeholders

Speak Shop, http://www.speakshop.com, a pioneer in online language tutoring via webcam, reported today they have been certified a B (Benefit) Corporation. B Corporations are a new kind of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. The certification performance standards are comprehensive and transparent. They measure a company's impact on its employees, suppliers, community, and the environment. Certified B Corporations meet higher standards of social and environmental performance and accountability.

Created to fight poverty and to connect people around the world for face-to-face language lessons, Speak Shop offers customized, one-on-one Spanish lessons which customers can reserve and take at their convenience using their computer and a webcam. Speak Shop is the only company that strategically invites low-income tutors in developing countries to teach online as micro businesses owners. Speak Shop's global customer base has provided tutors with sustainable income, and Speak Shop teaches tutors new computing and business skills.
"B Corporation certification represents what we believe in. We want to be part of a community of businesses that are committed to solving social and environmental problems. We also like embedding these values into our governing documents to ensure clarity and common purpose within the company and with investors and other stakeholders" says Co-founder, Cindy Cooper.

About Speak Shop
Speak Shop was founded in 2004 to increase access to cross-cultural foreign language education and to generate economic opportunity for people in developing countries. Speak Shop makes it possible to schedule, purchase and take one-on-one Spanish lessons by webcam with tutors in Latin America. Connected to a world market and empowered as micro-entrepreneurs, tutors move from poverty to prosperity. Customers are able to take personalized, cross-cultural lessons at their convenience using a computer and high speed Internet connection. For more details visit http://www.speakshop.com

About B Corp
B Corporations are a new type of corporation which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Corporations are unlike traditional responsible businesses because they: meet comprehensive and transparent social and environmental performance standards, institutionalize stakeholder interests, and build collective voice through the power of a unifying brand. For more details visit http://www.bcorporation.net

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