Azavea

GIS and Mapping Software Development Services and Geospatial Analysis Services

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

United States

azavea.com

About Azavea

Azavea is a small, award-winning geospatial analysis (GIS) software development firm specializing in the creation of highly crafted and easy-to-use web and mobile solutions, as well as geospatial analysis services to enhance decision-making processes.

They like to call themselves a boutique systems design and software development firm. What do they mean by “boutique”? Azavea doesn’t just write software. Azavea’s culture is based on several features – growth and diversification, intellectually challenging work that has social value, teams made up of smart people, and attention to a high quality experience for their clients and the audience that uses their applications.

Their goal is to combine their experience solving tough geospatial problems, commitment to tailored service, and a genuine desire to “do well by doing good” in order to help their clients create more dynamic, vibrant, and sustainable communities. It is their hope that in the process, they can help their clients make positive and long-lasting impacts on the communities they serve.

Azavea has experience working on projects spanning a wide array of domains: natural resource planning, neighborhood revitalization, economic development, crime analysis, real estate property analysis, redistricting, political advocacy, and cultural resources to name a few.

While terms such as 'Corporate Social Responsibility', 'conscious capitalism' and 'sustainable development' are increasingly being used, it all boils down to the choices we make as businesses and the values we not only claim to believe in, but that we actually apply in our day-to-day operations. The B Corporation status emphasizes the triple bottom line of social responsibility, sustainability and profitability (people, planet, profit). At Azavea, many of our business decisions stem from these three principles, so becoming a B Corporation was a no brainer. By legally becoming a B Corporation we are better positioned to demonstrate that commitment and set an example in our industry and our community.

The Change We Seek™

Azavea sees technology as a means to an end; not as an ideology. Pushing the envelope of what current technology platforms can do is what sets them apart, but at the core of their choices are their clients’ needs and budgets, and the positive impacts their projects will have on the communities they serve. Azavea can work with both commercial software and open source platforms as well as hybrids of the two, depending on the particular needs of the client. Ultimately, they want to produce elegant, technically beautiful, user-friendly solutions that are also affordable.

Investing in relationships with their clients, their employees, and the communities around them is one of their core values:

• Azavea believes in being generous with their time, knowledge, and expertise. They want to be helpful to the communities they serve (locally and globally) as much as they are to their paying clients. Whether it is to answer a quick question by email or responding by phone for an hour, they believe being helpful is one of the highest qualities they can demonstrate.

• Investing in a stimulating, intellectually challenging and open environment for their employees is an explicit part of Azavea’s mission. From the office layout and monthly Brown Bag Lunches to their benefit package that includes training and continuing education expense reimbursements, they try to create a place where smart people can collaborate more effectively and feel intellectually stimulated.

• Lastly, their investment in relationships extends to their commitment to redistributing 2% of their annual profits to charitable organizations selected by our staff through their “Time to Give Back” program, while their pro bono and 10% personal research programs have enabled their employees to work on projects that have a strong potential to help either a group of people or a whole community, but for which an organization might not otherwise have sufficient funds to afford Azavea's services.

 

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

December 2009
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

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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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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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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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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Overall B Score
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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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