Buy The Change

Handcrafted Accessories and Home Goods

Monroe, Michigan

United States

www.buythechangeusa.org

About Buy the Change

Buy The Change and The Buy The Change Foundation was founded and operate for the purpose of creating a mutually beneficial link between our socially conscious customers and our artisan partners around the world. They work to empower at-risk and rescued women by giving them access to an expanded market for their handmade goods. By offering 10% of annual e-commerce sales back to their artisan community in the form of grants, they aim to eliminate barriers to family and business success. By donating 10 to 20% of trunk show and event sales back to non-profit organizations in their community, they support positive change locally.

It is Buy the Change's ongoing mission to be a positive force for change both locally and around the world by offering socially and ecologically friendly products our customers can feel good about buying.

We became a B Corp in order to better represent the structure and mission of our company. As a for profit company with social change as our highest priority, the certification was a perfect fit.

The Change We Seek®

Buy The Change seeks to educate the public concerning the issues faced by women and girls around the world and to offer economic opportunity for marginalized women through the sale of woman crafted, ethically traded, handmade goods.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

June 2013
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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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.

105
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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
127
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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: 

Community: 100+ community service hours contributed; 100% of company is owned by individuals of underrepresented populations; Gives preference to sustainable or fair trade supplies 

Environment: Purchases reclaimed or reused office furniture; Has an office wide recovery and recycling program that includes paper, cardboard, plastic, glass and metal

2014 Best for the World Overall Honoree

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