Vermont Business Magazine How does a small, employee-owned company in Vermont score among the best companies in the world? Gardener’s Supply Company is among the top winners just revealed with the B the Change Media release of the Best for the World lists, the globe’s most outstanding socially and environmentally impactful businesses. The list spans 20 countries and 44 industries. Gardener’s Supply Company, a direct marketer and retailer, is honored as “Best for Workers,” for its innovative employee-owned model and other strong scores. The Best for the World honors are awarded only to those Certified B Corporations that score in the top 10% of the B Corp community on the B Impact Assessment, a comprehensive set of standards that rigorously measures each company’s impacts on its employees, its community, and the environment. B Corp Certification and the B Impact Assessment are both administered by the nonprofit organization B Lab.
"This is a great honor for all of us at Gardener's Supply. Our first commitment of course is to be the best in the world to our customers. But this award tells that we can do that and be a great company for our employee-owners. It says that doing well AND doing good truly do go hand in hand," says Jim Feinson, President and CEO of Gardener’s Supply Company. “These are the businesses that are not only getting it right but expanding the possibilities,” says B Lab co-founder Jay Coen Gilbert. “They’re the world’s top sustainability innovators, the companies who are pushing the envelope and showing the rest of the corporate community not only how it’s done, but just how much more can be done in the name of human and environmental sustainability.”
In addition to Gardener’s Supply Company’s win as a leading company for workers, the 2016 Best for the World honorees include Colorado beer maker, New Belgium Brewing, which ranked best in overall performance, and Roshan, a groundbreaking Afghanistan-based telecom, which took top honors for its community work. California’s Revolution Foods, creator of healthy childhood foods was celebrated as being the top business for customers; American solar provider Sungevity was named number one for the environment. Other companies earning top grades were Cooperative Home Care Associates, a South Bronx home healthcare company, and Brazilian personal care product manufacturer Natura. All were honored at the first annual Best for the World Gathering, a conference and celebration held at the University of California, Berkeley, in partnership with the Haas School of Business and the Center for Responsible Business.
“It’s an honor to stand shoulder to shoulder with these companies,” says Gardener’s Supply Company spokesperson Claudia Marshall. “We all
understand that profit is not the only bottom line. And it actually does pay to have a triple bottom line of profit, people and planet.”
About Gardener's Supply Company
Founded in 1983, Gardener’s Supply Company is a 100% employee-owned company of avid gardeners providing garden-tested, earth-friendly products combined with practical information. Located in Burlington, Vermont, the company has won many awards for its innovative gardening products, online gardening content and progressive management style. Gardener's Supply is a Certified B Corporation and donates 8-percent of its profits to causes that make the world a better place through gardening. www.gardeners.com