The B Corporation Certification sets the gold standard for good business. Now, GER seeks to join the race to the top.
At Global Electronic Recycling, we call ourselves the “GER team” for a reason. The way we treat each other is, after all, a telling indication of the way we treat our customers. When our team members thrive, so will your business. Now, we seek to make official our effort to be a force for good.
Earlier this year, we decided to pursue a B-Corporation Certification. Certified B Corps are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.
With a B-Corporation Certification, GER will join the likes of Patagonia, Stonyfield, Eileen Fisher, and close to 4,000 other companies across 150 industries that have committed to using profits and growth to build a more sustainable and inclusive economy.
The requirements are strict. Only 1 in 3 companies that submit for certification succeed. That’s because certifying as a B Corporation goes beyond product- or service-level certification. B Corp Certification is indeed the only certification that measures a company’s entire social and environmental performance.
Taking the impact assessment to become a certified B Corp
The first step to becoming certified starts with the B Impact Assessment, a tool that will help us measure GER’s impact on our workers, community, environment, and customers on an 80-point scale. This means we’ll get to share features that have long been part of our company and company culture, like our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
GER’s late founder Gary Kirkpatrick imbued the company with a spirit of generosity and compassion that permeates everything we do.
For example, we offer a comprehensive employee benefits package, including:
- Health insurance with 100% premium coverage. No one should ever have to question whether they can afford medical care.
- Competitive pay. Everyday living should not be a struggle.
- Competitive bonus plan. After a year of employment, everyone gets a share in GER’s success. When the company is doing well, all team members reap the benefits, whether they are managers or entry-level workers.
- Leadership training. Again, it doesn’t matter what position a team member holds. At GER, we want to empower everyone to be more.
In addition, Gary co-founded The Love House Kids Program, a nonprofit that works to break the cycle of child abuse by providing job training and one-on-one counseling. GER continues to support this important organization with monthly donations as well as physical support for fundraisers.
As an R2-certified electronics recycler, GER certainly undergoes rigorous annual third-party audits to ensure we comply with the highest environmental standards for our industry. R2 stands for Responsible Recycling and is a standard specifically created for the electronics recycling industry by Sustainable Electronics Recycling International. In other words, we believe we’re well equipped to fulfill the environmental requirements of becoming a certified B Corp.
Getting the seal of approval
Moreover, protecting people and the planet through electronics sustainability is at the heart of what we do. And it all starts right here at our facility in Phoenix, Ariz. Our passion statement also centers on the value of our people and creating an environment in which they can grow.
We have long shared with our customers and prospects our commitment to social responsibility. Becoming a certified B Corp would give us the seal of approval and show we back our promises with action. During the next 12 months, we will work hard to align every aspect of our company with the requirements of the B Corp Certification.
B Corps set the gold standard for good business and inspire a race to the top. How could we not officially join this force for good?