Cascade Engineering is largest certified B (for benefits) Corporation

02/07/2011

Cascade Engineering of Grand Rapids, MI is the largest business to have been certified as a B Corporation by B Lab, a nonprofit organization dedicated to using the power of business to help solve social and environmental problems.

Cascade, begun primarily as a plastics molder and now a family of 14 businesses, underwent a rigorous assessment by B Lab to ensure adherence to comprehensive and transparent social and environmental standards to achieve its B Corporation certification. There currently are more than 380 certified B Corporations from more than 50 industries, of which Cascade is the largest and the first in the state of Michigan.

Certified B Corporations are required to consider the potential impact of their decisions on stakeholders, including employees, suppliers and consumers, as well as the broader community and the environment. Consumers and investors then should be better able to distinguish which are "good companies" and support those committed to greater economic and social opportunity and positive environmental outcomes....
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