Big Path Capital

Investment banking

Asheville, North Carolina

United States

www.bigpathcapital.com

About Big Path Capital

Big Path Capital is an investment bank advising companies, funds, and institutional investors that are advancing the sustainable economy. Big Path assists in raising debt and equity, corporate sales and divestitures, acquisitions, and strategic options.

A new model of value creation is emerging which deploys capital in strategies that leverages the inherent link between natural, social and financial capital. It is a fallacy to claim that the achievement of environmental and social returns on invested capital assumes a compromised financial return. Sustainable strategies actually enable differentiated competitive advantages and lead to long-term value creation. Big Path’s clients are those entrepreneurs, companies, funds and investors scaling sustainable solutions.

“The time has come to lower our voices, to cease imposing our mechanistic patterns on the biological processes of the earth, to resist the impulse to control, to command, to force, to oppress and to begin quite humbly to follow the guidance of the larger community on which all life depends.” ~Wendell Berry.

We want to be a member of that larger community.

The Change We Seek®

Big Path Capital seeks to accelerate the move to a sustainable economy. The economic base of today was built in an era of ample raw materials, inexpensive energy, and limited consideration of waste. That age has passed. Current dynamics are increasingly rewarding companies that operate sustainably. Big Path Capital works with companies and funds in the following sectors:

• Green Building Products and Services. These products and services increase the efficiency with which buildings and their sites use energy, water, and materials.

• Cleantech, hoping to help improve operational performance, productivity, or efficiency while reducing costs, inputs, energy consumption, waste, or pollution. Specific applications include energy efficiency, water usage and treatment, air usage, resource maximization, manufacturing and industrial controls and sensors.

• Remanufacturing. This sector shares the common characteristic of utilizing a used product as a major sub-component in building a remanufactured product.

• Organics, Natural, and Local Food Products. These products and services are involved in the supply chain of growing, transporting, processing, packaging, and selling organic food, natural, and local products. 

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

December 2007
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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7
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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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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N/A
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
109
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: 

Environment: >75% of office supplies come from recycled materials; >50% of carbon inventory offset; >5% of energy comes from renewable sources; % of renewable energy increased annually

Community: >40% of expenditures directed toward local suppliers; >10% of profits given to charitable organizations; >50% of ownership in same community as 2/3 of workforce

Consumers: 100% of services increase capital flow to purpose driven enterprises