Badger Recognized as ‘Best For The World, Environment and Governance’ by B Lab

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Company once again scores in top 10 percent worldwide for creating a positive impact for workers, environment, and community

Badger achieves Best For The World Overall for the third year

It’s both an honor and validation for the work we continue to do in creating a positive impact on our planet, society and for our employees

W.S. Badger Co. Inc., a family owned and family friendly maker of all natural and certified organic body care, today announced it was honored in the Best for the World Overall list, which recognizes 226 companies from 92 different industries and 30 countries for creating extraordinary positive impact for workers, environment, and community.

Only 10 percent of more than 2,400 Certified B Corporations worldwide earn scores high enough to make the list, and this is Badger’s third year achieving Best For The World Overall, fourth for the Environment, and first receiving Best For the World Governance.

Every two years, Certified B Corporations must complete the B Impact Assessment, a rigorous and comprehensive assessment which evaluates a company’s environmental performance, employee relationships, diversity, involvement in the local community, the impact a company’s product or service has on those it serves, and more. Honorees scoring in the top 10 percent of all B Corporations set a gold standard for companies using business as a force for good.

“It’s both an honor and validation for the work we continue to do in creating a positive impact on our planet, society and for our employees,” says Rebecca Hamilton, family owner at Badger. “It also says a lot about the state of New Hampshire that two businesses are being recognized as Best For The World Overall, Badger, and our business partner and recently certified B Corp, Mascoma Bank!”

Lists recognizing top-performing B Corporations as Best For Environment, Best For Customers, Best For Governance, Best For Community and Best For Workers can be found at bthechange.com/bestfortheworld. The selection criteria for Best for the World honorees are available at https://bit.ly/2IgAzF5.

“With the rise of anger at a system that feels rigged, people are hungry for companies like Badger, who are changing the system by building businesses that seek to create the greatest positive impact,” says Jay Coen Gilbert, co-founder of B Lab. “Best For The World is the only list of businesses that uses comprehensive, comparable, third-party-validated data about a company’s social and environmental performance. As consumers, talent and investors increasingly demand transparent, values-aligned businesses to buy from, work at, and invest in, companies will need to not just be the best in the world but the best for the world. Not just to be nice—but to be the most successful."

Today there are more than 2,400 Certified B Corporations across more than 150 industries and 50 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.

W.S. Badger is the maker of certified organic and 100% natural body care products. Family-run and family-friendly since 1995, Badger was born when Badger Bill, a carpenter at the time, created a recipe of natural ingredients strong enough to soothe his rough, dry, cracked hands. Today, the company produces more than one hundred products ranging from award-winning reef-safe mineral sunscreens to lip balms, hair oils and body moisturizers and natural bug repellents.

Inherent in Badger’s DNA is its status as a B Corporation, a certification earned through B Lab, a third-party nonprofit that requires companies to meet rigorous standards of transparency as well as environmental and social performance. Badger has been a certified B Corp since 2011 and in 2015 became one of New Hampshire’s first businesses to register legally as a Benefit Corporation, a for-profit status that incorporates the pursuit of positive environmental and social impact in addition to profit.

For more information, visit http://www.badgerbalm.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 will 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.

For more information, visit http://www.bcorporation.net.

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