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by Ben Forstag, Mac’s List
When I ask job seekers what kind of work they are looking for, I often get variations of the same answer: “I want a job that means something.”
Sure, people want a good paycheck. (We all have bills to pay!) But more fundamentally, people want work that matters.
This desire for meaningful work steers many people into the nonprofit sector. Nonprofits are mission-driven, and offer that chance to make a difference. However, there are more options for people who want a socially impactful career that you may not know about. For instance, you can work for a Certified B Corporation, or a B Corp for short.
B Corps are a cool hybrid in the business community, and offer a unique opportunity to grow your career and make a difference. Full disclosure: Mac’s List is a Certified B Corporation and very proud of it.
Let me tell you more about what B Corps are all about, and why they can be great places to build your career.
What is a B Corp?
If you’ve never heard of a B Corp, that’s okay. It’s a relatively new type of business certification, started in 2006. An increasing number of organizations are becoming B Corps, creating huge career opportunities for socially-minded professionals.
In short, B Corps are for-profit organizations using business as a force for social good.
B Corps are unique, hybrid businesses that combine the entrepreneurial spirit of a for-profit venture with a strong social mission. They are designed and run to maximize a triple bottom line: profit is still a motive but B Corps are equally driven to improve social and environmental conditions where they operate.
The social mission isn’t just a side project or a marketing gimmick. B Corps are independently certified and held accountable to the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability. Pretty cool, right?
B Corps also vary widely in industry, mission, and size. They range from small businesses, like our team at Mac’s List, to large multinational enterprises, like Patagonia, Unilever, and Danone. The B Corp movement is particularly strong here in the Pacific Northwest. We’re home to more Certified B Corporations, per capita, than anywhere else in the world.
Why you want to work for a B Corp
Here are a few reasons why B Corps are particularly exciting organizations to work for.
B Corps are mission-driven
If you, like so many others, are looking for work that connects to a larger purpose, B Corps are a natural fit, as a social mission is written into the organization’s DNA.
Every B Corp has its own particular mission focus. Here at Mac’s List, we’re all about helping people find great work. Other B Corps might focus on environmental issues, or sustainability, or economic empowerment. Whatever your passion, there’s likely a B Corp that aligns with that interest.
All B Corps share a commitment to operating ethical, responsible and sustainable businesses. As we’ll see below, these values drive almost all business operations, including how B Corps relate to their employees and the community at-large.
The above is an excerpt of the full article. Read on & learn more about what makes working at a B Corp so special at Mac’s List.
Visit our new B Local PDX Job Seeking & Hiring Resources page for more information on job seeking and hiring for B Corps.