Our Oregon B Corp community was spotlighted in this recent article from Oregon Business Magazine. The author, Eriak Bolstad, examines how being “sustainable” or “green” in the business realm has now come to mean much more beyond environmental responsibility. Interviews include Christian Ettinger f Hopworks Urban Brewery, Karen Lickteig of Nossa Familia Coffee and Cameron Madill of PixelSpoke.
Social impact branding agency Oliver Russell has just announced its expansion to Portland with a new office, overseen by Oliver Russell’s new Business Development Director Morgan Rider.
At the May B Learning Event, we met at Living Room Realty’s NE Alberta location to talk about networking and deepen our connection. The evening event was facilitated by Sara Spirko, Senior Recruiter at Noto Group who shared her experiences and provided some advice on what to do and what not to do.
At the April B Learning Lunch, Jeanne Roy of the Center for Earth Leadership joined us for a talk on “The Path to Zero Waste.”
At the March B Learning Lunch, Court Morse joined us for a talk entitled “March Into Equity” all about promoting Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace.
At the February Learning Lunch, we learned from peers in the B Local PDX community about B Corp’s Inclusive Economy Challenge.
At the January Learning Lunch, we came together as a community to share the results of the recent 2019 B Local PDX Community Survey. Over 75 individuals met at Ecotrust to help inform future programming for B Local Events. We had small group discussions and shared our 2019 goals and the current challenges we face in our organizations and community.
Local hiring resource Mac’s List breaks down many reasons why job seekers should take a closer look at working for mission-driven Certified B Corporations when conducting their job search. The desire for meaningful work often steers many people in the direction of the nonprofit sector, but B Corps can be a great alternative for a socially impactful career. Working at a B Corp offers a unique opportunity to grow your career and make a difference.
Meet our 2019 B Local PDX Board. These eight leaders from our Certified B Corporation community are leading the local movement to use business as a force for good through B Local PDX. This year welcome back six returning board members, and two new ones.
There are so many perks to working for a Certified B Corporation, not least including some generous discount on local products! Oregon’s B Corp wineries offer a generous 20-30% discount on current release wines for any employee of a Certified B Corporation, both online and in person at the wineries.
Holiday shoppers in Portland are getting a new concept store to purchase their gifts from this year: a B Corp™ Store, the first of its kind in the world. The store is a pop-up shop located inside of Lloyd Center Mall, as part of the Lloyd Local Initiative. Officially called the Certified B Corporation® Store (though visitors might hear ‘B Store’ for short), the shop showcases and sells products sourced exclusively from Certified B Corporation® companies.
Please join us on Thursday, February 21, 2019 to take part in the first Portland B Corp Day of Service! This is a community-driven effort for employees of Portland-area B Corps to get together and engage and volunteer in a meaningful way with local nonprofits.
At our November B Learning lunch, we heard from Lisa Cox from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, along with representatives and interns from New Seasons Market and Nossa Familia Coffee, about the Oregon Applied Sustainability Experience (OASE). OASE is an internship program administered by Oregon Sea Grant and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, funded through a grant from EPA. This non-regulatory and voluntary program invites Oregon businesses to host a free, full-time, ten week intern to conduct onsite sustainability research at their businesses.
The North American Certified B Corp Community gathered from September 25-27 for the 2018 B Corp Champions Retreat: Building the B Economy in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was an inspiring couple of days learning about the “B Economy.” We are all involved in creating a more inclusive B Economy, which is built by everyone who works for, buys from, invests in, learns or teaches about, or supports businesses striving to create a shared and durable prosperity for all. It is comprised of Certified B Corps, Benefit Corporations, social enterprises, and other types of businesses united around a principle of using business as a force for good. The Champions Retreat was a great reminder that while our movement has incredible momentum, we also have a lot of work to do.
Grand Central Bakery is poised to enter its 30th year by becoming the first Northwest bakery to earn B Corp Certification, joining a movement of other businesses using Business as a Force for Good. Values are at the heart of the company and sustainability touches everything – from where the bakery buys ingredients to how it cares for employees and invests in communities. Founded in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square, Grand Central currently operates seven bakery-cafes in Portland and three in Seattle.
On June 4, 2018, the Pacific Northwest community of Certified B Corporations came together at Revolution Hall in Portland for the 2nd annual B Corp Leadership Development Conference Pacific Northwest. This year's conference theme was VALUES TO ACTION. We heard from more than 25 speakers about how to translate the values that drove us to certify as B Corps into real action. We are happy to announce that videos of the main speakers from BLD PNW, thanks to the wonderful support and work of Zach from local B Corp video production company One Hundred Seconds.
We have spent the past couple of years speaking with newly-certified and nearly-certified B Corps and have heard of the very real need for certification assistance and support. In light of this feedback, we are very excited to be rolling out a couple of new options that we think will provide some much-needed support to companies seeking to get certified.
Thank you to everyone who came to our July B Learning lunch, where we focused on a project entitled US, A Collection of Immigration Stories from Our B Corp Family: Their Journeys, Experiences, and Reflections on Home. The production of this book was an all-volunteer initiative, and the goal was to learn, highlight and reflect on the unique immigration stories in our community. The project was “driven by the need for personal connection and the desire to recognize ourselves in each other. The result is a collection of stories that feature the paths by which members of our B Local community, originating from all over the world, came to reside in Portland, Oregon. These volunteers were asked to share their personal experiences in the effort to foster a bigger conversation about immigration.”
Thank you to everyone who came to our June B Learning lunch at HUB, and special thanks to our speaker, Anais Tuepker, from 350PDX. We learned more about how B Corps can become involved in the organization's mission to "address the causes of climate disruption through justice-based solutions by inspiring, training and mobilizing people to act," with a particular focus on the Portland Clean Energy Fund.