VIF International Education Honored as Best for the World, Creating Most Overall Positive Impact Across All Categories

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VIF selected for fourth consecutive year as gold standard for companies who use business as a force for good.

Every day we work to exponentially increase the possibilities of the students, teachers and communities we support, beginning by expanding their own visions of what is possible."

VIF International Education, a global education partner of K-12 schools and districts, announced that the company has been recognized for creating the most positive overall impact by B the Change Media based on an independent, comprehensive assessment administered by the independent nonprofit B Lab. Honorees are featured in the upcoming fall issue of B Magazine and on B the Change’s digital platform, bthechange.com. This is the fourth year in a row that VIF has received this honor.

The Best for the World list includes businesses that earned scores in the top 10 percent of more than 1,800 Certified B Corporations across all categories on the B Impact Assessment. The full assessment measures a company’s impact on its workers, community, customers and the environment. The 138 winning companies in the Overall category come from 15 industries and 17 countries.

“Every day we work to exponentially increase the possibilities of the students, teachers and communities we support, beginning by expanding their own visions of what is possible,” said VIF CEO David Young. “To be recognized for the fourth consecutive year as a Best for the World business is an amazing honor that recognizes our staff's total commitment to using our organization as a means to improving the world.”

The full B Impact Assessment evaluates a company’s environmental performance through its facilities, materials, emissions, resource and energy use, and more. It assesses employee relationships in forms such as compensation, benefits, training and ownership opportunities. Community scores are given by looking at supplier relations, diversity, involvement in the local community, and other product or service-related impact points. Customer performance is assessed based on the impact a company’s product or service has on those it serves. Honorees scoring in the top 10 percent of all categories set a gold standard for the high impact that
business as a force for good can make in many disciplines around the world.

The 138 Best for the World companies come from 15 different industries such as manufacturing, financial services and engineering. B the Change Media simultaneously released separate lists recognizing B Corporations as Best for Environment, Best for Workers, Best for Customers and Best for Community, which can be found at bftw.bthechange.com.

“The companies we are honoring as the best for the world represent the cutting edge of a global movement using business as a force for good. We are inspired by them, and feel deeply honored to join them in this historic and ground-breaking celebration,” said Bryan Welch, CEO of B the Change Media, the multiplatform media company that publishes the quarterly B Magazine and host of the Best for the World event at the University of California, Berkeley on September 8, 2016.

A total of 515 Certified B Corporations were named 2016 Best For the World Honorees with thirty-five countries are represented, including Afghanistan, Kenya, Vietnam and Turkey. The selection criteria for Best for the World honorees are available at http://bit.ly/29ZYRSp.

The 2016 Best for the World Honorees represent nearly one-third of all B Corps, displaying a wide range of excellence throughout the community. Today there are more than 1,800 Certified B Corporations across over 120 industries and 42 countries, unified by one common goal: to redefine success in business. Any company can measure and manage social and environmental performance at http://bimpactassessment.net.

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About VIF International Education
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 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.

B the Change Media was formed as a partnership between B Lab, the community of B Corporations, and Bryan Welch, former CEO of Ogden Publications (B Corp since 2010). B the Change Media is a multiplatform media company whose mission is to build the world’s largest engaged audience of people with a passion for using business as a force for good. B the Change Media has editorial and operating independence and covers compelling stories about business as a force for good, not just stories about B Corporations. B the Change Media has independent investors and is a subsidiary of B Lab, the nonprofit organization that administers the Impact Assessment and aggregates the B Corporation community. B the Change Media is a Pending B Corporation.

For more information, visit http://www.bthechange.com.

B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. Its vision is that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world and society will enjoy prosperity for all for the long term.

B Lab drives this systemic change by: 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 benefit corporation legislation to give business leaders the freedom to create value for society as well as shareholders; 3) helping businesses measure, compare and improve their social and environmental performance with the free B Impact Assessment; 4) driving capital to impact investments through use of its B Analytics and GIIRS Ratings platform.

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