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Build a Better Business – Environment

The Environment is the fourth component of building a better business. While we have this as the fourth component, it is arguably the most important. Other components are exceedingly difficult to pursue without a healthy Environment supporting them. The Environment is more than just the wilderness or the forest. The Environment is all of our …

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Build a Better Business – Governance

The first dimension in the B Corp framework is Governance. Most businesses have some sort of governance mechanism and in that sense the underlying concept isn’t new. What is new: with an increased focus on sustainability governance becomes an important mechanism for ensuring that your values and mission are tightly integrated into everything your business does. Governance provides …

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Making an Impact

Now that the business case is clear and you are ready to commit to sustainability, the next question might be how you make a meaningful impact. Thinking about large challenges can feel daunting, but it does not need to be difficult. Plenty of work has already been done and there are many models to learn …

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Case Study #1: Water Conservation and Hopworks Urban Brewery (Post 2 of 4)

Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB), located in Portland, Oregon, was founded in 2007 with an emphasis on sustainability from the start. Owner and founder, Christian Ettinger, grew his brewery with triple-bottom-line values guiding every decision from the brewery’s conception over the past 12 years.[1] The method in which HUB brews their beer today exemplifies the eco-design …

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Sustainable Beer: Two Examples from the Craft Beer Industry (Post 1 of 4)

The craft beer industry is growing, and beer drinkers in the Pacific Northwest are becoming more and more savvy on how their brew is made. This is good news because the beer industry uses a lot of water. In fact, on average, it takes approximately seven gallons of water to produce just one gallon of beer.[1] …

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