Azavea

Geospatial software engineering and data analysis

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

United States

azavea.com

About Azavea

Azavea is an award-winning software development, analysis, and visualization firm that applies geospatial technology for civic, social, and environmental impact. They use maps and geographic data to help people make better decisions.

Azavea builds software for governments, non-profit organizations, academic research projects and private firms on projects in an array of domains: climate change, elections, conservation, water, forestry, planning, economic development, and public safety.

Azavea is founded on principles of public service, innovation, and impact. We became a B Corporation to both recognize those principles and to help us more effectively pursue them. Our mission is expressed through our selection of clients and work, by sharing what we learn through open source and open data, and through a commitment to learning and professional growth for our colleagues.

The Change We Seek®

Azavea believes in the power of technology to improve our communities and the world.

  • Customers: They carefully select projects, both paid and pro bono, that have the potential for positive civic, social, and environmental impact.
  • Colleagues: Azavea aims to create a stimulating, challenging, and supportive environment for the people that work there. An office designed for both focused work and collaboration, guest lectures, company lunches, 10% time for learning and research, and supportive teams are all part of creating a great workplace.
  • Public Service: In addition to projects related to everything from climate change to homelessness to transit planning, the firm redistributes 2% of its annual profits to charitable organizations selected by their staff, offers paid volunteer time, operates the Summer of Maps program, develops and supports many open source software projects, and contributes to open data activities.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

December 2009
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Environment

Environment

The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.

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Workers

Workers

The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.

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18
Customers

Customers

The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).

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Community

Community

The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.

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17
Governance

Governance

The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

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Overall B Score
106
55

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Company Highlights: 

Workers: Pays all employees a living wage; Covers 80-100% paid health insurance premiums for fulltime employees and their families; Offers >30 paid vacation/personal days; Offers additional benefits (dental insurance, domestic partner benefits, reimbursement for public transportation/bicycle, education assistance, health & wellness program); Encourages employees to use 10% of time for personal research projects

Community: Gives at least 2% of profits to charity each year through pro-bono “Time to Give Back” program; Gives preference to local/sustainable suppliers; >40% of management is from underrepresented populations; Allows >20 hours/year paid time off for community service

Environment: Has office-wide recycling program for paper, plastic, cardboard, glass & metal; Uses web/virtual meeting technology to reduce travel for in-person meetings; Monitors and records emissions for travel, commuting, and office operations

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