It’s challenging to know how a business really does business: How do they treat their employees? Do they try to reduce their impacts on the environment? Are they striving to contribute more to their community? A certification process called B Corp makes answers to these questions more transparent. “[It’s] like the Fair Trade label but for a whole company, not just a bag of coffee,” says Jay Coen Gilbert, B Lab Co-Founder, the nonprofit that certifies B Corps businesses.

March is B Corp Month, a perfect time to give a shout-out to these fourth sector businesses.

From B Lab: Certified B Corporations are a new kind of business that balances purpose and profit. They are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment. This is a community of leaders, driving a global movement of people using business as a force for good.

We’re proud that one of TLC’s communities in the Upper Valley of NH and VT boasts a high concentration of B Corps. In fact, Vermont is second on the list of states with the highest number of B Corps per capita — just behind the District of Columbia. Go Vermont!

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