B Corps and More: Business as a Force for Good During Crisis
Posted by AMS / Friday, March 27, 2020
AMS participates in an online community of B-Corporations, called B-Hive. From this community we gain inspiration, looking at the decisions and practices of other B-Corps who have a commitment to responsibility for others in a time of crisis.
As our readers know, AMS has put into practice all available measures of safety for our employees, as well as understanding, responding and helping with employee concerns for family and financial stability during this time. We are responding as well to community needs for equipment and essential products and will likely do more every day to keep essential goods moving, as this is our focus.
We are proud of our B-Corp family, and would like to share with readers just a few brief examples of how these businesses are responding in their communities.
*B Corp The Body Shop is donating 30,000 units of hand soap and body bar soap to local shelters in Austin, Texas.
*To help students who are home from school — and their parents looking for educational options — New England-based ReVision Energy is offering free online webinars aimed at grade-schoolers.
*Like many others in the restaurant industry, Luke’s Lobster faces big challenges and an uncertain long-term future. Nonetheless, the company is stepping up in the present to donate food to the Broward Outreach Center in Florida, Project FIND in New York City, and a series of hospitals in Portland, Maine, and New York City. The company also launched a program in its still-open markets to donate food to front-line hospital workers.
*24Slides is offering free graphic design for any COVID-19 related educational material.
*BDC is offering support for Canadian entrepreneurs affected by COVID-19.
*B Work, a meaningful work platform in partnership with Fitzii, has had an increase in job postings over the last week, with many roles offered virtually. B Corps and benefit corps looking to hire during this time may express their interest and post on B Work.
*Hootsuite is offering a complimentary 3-month subscription to their professional social media management software for businesses in affected industries.
*Organic India USA is offering free immune kits to the community.
*Trebuchet Group, a management consulting firm, is offering a free one-hour consultation to help businesses think about their next steps amidst the current crisis.
*Danone Canada is supporting an emergency fund for food-insecure families throughout Canada.
*EcoLips has partnered with a local distillery in Iowa to manufacture hand sanitizer and distribute it to the community for free.
*The FruitGuys team has donated 56,000+ servings of fruit to hospitals, essential emergency workers, and food banks.
*Facilities Management Services, a cleaning company in Kentucky, Spud.ca, a grocery service in Alberta and British Columbia, and Success Rehabilitation, a healthcare provider in Pennsylvania, are hiring people who lost their jobs in COVID-19 layoffs.
*Mixt is ensuring that all people have access to healthy food by offering free and highly discounted meals to those in need. Customers can also donate and pay it forward.
Ox Verte made a quick pivot from lunchtime office catering to providing grocery and meal delivery for the elderly, doctors and other health care professionals.
*Revolution Foods is ensuring that kids still receive healthy meals during school closures.
*AMS Fulfillment is in the process of donating fulfillment services to assist two clients in shipping essential materials and donated medical equipment.
In many instances global corporations that are not B-Corps are stepping up to assist in state, local and federal government efforts to get essential equipment manufactured and distributed, and to get food, essential goods and medicines into the hands of those that need it. Very inspiring.
And finally, we will share a story that tops them all… “All over the country, homebound Americans are crafting thousands upon thousands of face masks to help shield doctors, nurses and many others from the coronavirus.”
We hope you’ve enjoyed the news – we can all “B The Change’.