SES has been a Certified B-Corp since 2013, a third-party verification of our efforts to do good and be good for people and the planet. Together, B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy. They meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.
Now in our 4th certification cycle, being a part of the B Corp community has challenged SES to continually evolve to meet their high standards. Some initiatives that have grown out of our participation in this community include a living wage for all employees that also determines our maximum executive compensation, an overhaul of our compensation process to eradicate wage discrimination for part-time employees, and possibly most impactful, a redesigned hiring process to limit unconscious bias. For our efforts, SES was recognized as “Best For The World: Changemakers” and “Best For The World: Environment” in 2019.
Based on the 2022 B Impact assessment, SES Consulting earned an overall score of 115.2. For comparison, the median score for ordinary businesses who complete the assessment is currently 50.9. We are very proud of the fact that we have improved our score in each B Impact assessment since 2013, even as the criteria has become more stringent.
Values In Action
We are one of the founding organizations of EarthWork Day, where staff spend Earth Day on community volunteer projects building gardens, reclaiming natural areas, or giving free tune-ups to cyclists. Check out our facebook page for more stories or contact us to get involved.
We know a lot of good work is going on in the not-for-profit sector too. That’s why each year we donate 10% of our net profits to Canadian environmental charities as chosen by our staff. We also offset 100% of our annual electricity usage from EcoLogo-certified green generation facilities through Bullfrog Power.
Our central offices allow staff easy access to transit and cycling infrastructure. We have an office bike for errands, allow staff to claim bike mileage or use free transit passes for work. We are also working towards a waste-free office with sustainable purchasing practices, extensive recycling and composting and a paper-free filing system.
Staff also recognize each other for living our values every day using stories shared at monthly lunches. At our company retreat, we use these stories to recognize team members who best demonstrate our values. This is just one more way that SES is working hard to “be the change”.