Today, Ecotrust Forest Management was named to the third annual ‘B Corp Best for the Environment’ list, by the nonprofit B Lab. The B Corp Best for the Environment list honors 84 businesses that earned an environmental impact score in the top 10% of all Certified B Corporations on the B Impact Assessment, a rigorous and comprehensive assessment of a company’s impact on its workers, community, and the environment.
Ecotrust Forest Management is an Ecotrust subsidiary that manages over 17,000 acres of Northwest forestland on behalf of investors and forestland owners to enhance forest health and productivity, and to produce a diverse array of forest products and services including timber, biomass, carbon, and improved habitat and water quality.
“EFM is honored to be named among the top B Corps for the environment, for the second year in a row. We are committed to demonstrating an alternative approach to managing forests in the region — one that can be financially competitive, while at the same time beneficial to the health and resilience of ecosystems and rural communities,” says Bettina von Hagen, CEO of Ecotrust Forest Management.
The ‘Best for the Environment’ companies come from over 30 different industries such as financial services, consulting, apparel and personal care. 36% operate in the service sector, 33% in wholesale/retail and 25% in manufacturing. A quarter of honorees are based outside the US, with 13% companies operating in emerging markets including Brazil, Colombia and Chile. (Full list of honorees at bestfortheworld.bcorporation.net)
“It’s great to see so many diverse companies on this year’s ‘Best for the Environment” list,” says B Lab co founder, Jay Coen Gilbert. “With representatives from 30 different industries, it once again shows that all companies can compete to be the best of the best at creating a positive impact.”
Each honored company is a Certified B Corporation. They use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems and have met rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Today there are over 990 certified B Corporations, across 60 industries and 32 countries, unified by one common goal: to redefine success in business.