June 11th 2013, Sebastopol, California
Today, Solmetric was named “Best for the Environment” for creating the most overall environmental impact. 63 companies across 30 industries and 11 countries were recognized by the nonprofit B Lab, with the release of the ‘B Corp Best for the Environment List’.
Solmetric develops products that make solar arrays and those who install them more effective. The award-winning SunEye is the industry standard tool for shade analysis. The PV Designer software enables installers to quickly and easily design residential PV systems. The PV Analyzer is the leading US I-V curve tracer used for field verification applications such as commissioning, auditing, and troubleshooting of PV arrays. Solmetric follows environmentally responsible guidelines in running its business, including company-wide CO2-free operation, the use of post-consumer recycled plastics in its products, and the use of post-consumer recycled paper and packaging.
Method Products, New Belgium Brewing Company, Patagonia and Seventh Generation were also recognized as leaders in environmental performance.
The ‘B Corp Best for the Environment List’ honors businesses that earned an overall score in the top 10% of all Certified B Corporations for their positive environmental impact, as measured by the B Impact Assessment, a comprehensive assessment used by more than 8,000 businesses to measure their impact on their workers, community, and the environment. This analysis includes metrics regarding their environmentally preferable products, services, and practices, such as their materials, waste, water, and energy inputs/outputs and the environmental impact of their offices, plants, land, suppliers and transportation.
“With so many companies marketing themselves as ‘green’, it’s important to honor those walking the talk,” said Jay Coen Gilbert, co-founder of B Lab, the nonprofit organization that certifies B Corporations and governs the B Impact Assessment. “Solmetric has proven they’re the best of the best by meeting rigorous, comprehensive third party standards consumers can trust.”
Each honored company is a Certified B Corporation, a new type of company that uses the power of business for good and meets rigorous standards of overall social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Today there are nearly 750 Certified B Corporations across 60 industries and 25 countries, unified by the common goal to redefine success in business.
About B Lab: B Lab is a nonprofit organization dedicated to using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Lab drives systemic change through several interrelated initiatives: 1) building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between “good companies” and just good marketing; 2) promoting benefit corporation legislation to create a new corporate form that meets higher standards of purpose, accountability and transparency; 3) driving capital to high impact investments through use of B Lab’s GIIRS Ratings & Analytics platform; and 4) helping all companies measure what matters through use of the B Impact Assessment, B Lab's free educational tool for measuring and improving a company's impact on it's workers, community, and the environment. Learn more at bcorporation.net, benefitcorp.net, and giirs.org.
"Solmetric has proven they’re the best of the best by meeting rigorous, comprehensive third party standards consumers can trust,"says Jay Coen Gilbert, co-founder of B Lab.