Better World Books

Online Bookstore

Alpharetta, Georgia

United States

betterworldbooks.com

About Better World Books

Better World Books is a unique Social Enterprise - a triple bottom line business where creating a nursing library in Somaliland, supporting employees with profit sharing and equity ownership opportunities, and shipping book orders carbon-balanced are not just a by-product of doing business – they are the business. They’re not a company with an add-on “cause” component. They create social good and protect the environment through their regular business transactions.

We became a Founding B Corporation because, simply put, we believe that we are a different type of business. Our triple bottom line business model — as well as our Book for Book initiative — separates us from our competitors. While we do provide wealth for our shareholders, we also benefit our literacy partners, our employees and our environment through the course of our everyday business. So far we've distributed over $11 million to literacy initiatives, donated over 6 million books to those in need, and reused or recycled over 70 million books that would have likely ended up in landfills.

If doing good is such a core focus, why isn't Better World Books a non-profit? Because they understand that profitable business gives them the staying power and growth potential to make a huge difference. The better their business, the bigger their impact. By accounting for and supporting their long-term viability and proving that social good is good business, profit takes on a much broader and richer meaning... for ALL involved.

Better World Books Employees

The Change We Seek®

Better World Books is a global bookstore that harnesses the power of capitalism to bring literacy and opportunity to people around the world. We are committed to unifying customers seeking to align their purchasing with their social and environmental values.

• Better World Books believes in the power of a book, both on a personal and global scale. They recognize the importance of literacy in alleviating poverty and empowering individuals to improve their everyday lives. Not only do they fund one of their 85 nonprofit literacy partners (such as Room to Read and Books for Africa) with every book sold, but also donate a book to someone who needs it every time a book is purchased on their site (the Book for Book initiative).

• If you’re concerned about your eco-footprint, know that Better World Books is determined to minimize its environmental impact. Better World Books implemented an e-commerce first: the Carbon Neutral Shopping Cart. They collect a few (optional) cents from every customer at checkout, which goes to carbon balance the shipment of books.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

June 2008
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: 

 

Environment: 79 million books reused or recycled, saving landfills

Employees:  Added 91 Jobs during recession (33% growth); 64% of employees have ownership in the company; >50% of health insurance covered for employees and their families, >25% of new positions were filled in with internal candidates

Community: Over $11MM raised for global literacy and local libraries; >10% suppliers are located in low-income communities

 

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