VIF International Education Honored as ‘Best for Communities’

VIF included among 86 businesses across 35 industries recognized for being positive forces in their communities.

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It’s incredibly motivating to receive continued recognition from B Lab for the work that we do to instill cultural awareness and global education into schools in our local community and around the country.

(PRWEB) July 29, 2014

VIF International Education, the leading provider of global education programs for K-12 schools, is pleased to again be included among the companies recognized by the nonprofit B Lab for creating the most positive community impact.

Last week, B Lab released its third annual ‘B Corp Best for Communities’ list. The ‘Best for Communities’ list honors 86 businesses that earned community impact scores in the top 10 percent of all Certified
B Corporations of their size on the B Impact Assessment, a rigorous and comprehensive assessment of a company's impact on its workers, community and the environment. Honorees were recognized among micro, small and mid-sized businesses.

VIF International Education builds global education programs that prepare students for success in an interconnected world. For more than 25 years, educators have leveraged VIF’s professional development and curriculum, language acquisition and teacher exchange programs to generate engaging learning environments where students excel in core curriculum. VIF delivers its programs and services by partnering with public school districts and schools and by offering the Global Gateway system, a simple integrated platform for educator professional development, lesson plans and classroom resources, digital badging for achievements and participation in a collaborative community of global educators. VIF has been a certified B Corporation since 2011 and was recognized as ‘Best for the World’ by B Lab earlier this year.

“It’s incredibly motivating to receive continued recognition from B Lab for the work that we do to instill cultural awareness and global education into schools in our local community and around the country,” said VIF CEO David Young. “We’re proud to be among the innovative companies distinguished by B Lab.”

Other ‘Best for Communities’ honorees include d.light design, supplier of affordable, renewable energy to 30 million people in 60 countries, Greyston Bakery, which provides job opportunities regardless of work history through an open hiring policy, and Minnesota’s Sunrise Banks, which invests in projects to develop strong communities that provide homes and jobs to their residents.

The ‘Best for Communities’ companies come from more than 35 different industries including consulting, educational support services, retail and financial services. A quarter of honorees are based outside North America, with 25 percent of companies operating in emerging markets including Chile, the Republic of Korea and Kenya. A full list of honorees is available at bestfortheworld.bcorporation.net.

All honored companies are Certified B Corporations which use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems and meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. Today, there are more than 1,045 certified B Corporations across 60 industries and 34 countries, unified by one common goal: to redefine success in business.

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About VIF International Education
VIF International Education (http://www.vifprogram.com) builds global education programs that prepare students for success in an interconnected world. For more than 25 years, educators have leveraged VIF’s professional development and curriculum, language acquisition and teacher exchange programs to generate engaging learning environments where students can excel in core curriculum as well as develop valuable critical and creative thinking skills. A certified B Corp and ‘Best for the World’ honoree headquartered in Chapel Hill, N.C., VIF provides a pathway for teachers, schools and districts to become globally designated.

About B Lab
B Lab (http://www.bcorporation.net) is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement to redefine success in business so that all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world.

B Lab drives this systemic change through a number of interrelated initiative: 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 legislation to accelerate growth of social entrepreneurship and impact investing (20 states have already passed benefit corporation legislation); 3) developing B Analytics, a customizable platform for investors to benchmark and report the impact of their global private equity portfolios; and 4) providing free, powerful tools for businesses to measure, compare and improve their social and environmental performance (more than 16,000 businesses use B Lab’s free B Impact Assessment).

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