Cascade Engineering

Diverse Manufacturing and Services

Grand Rapids, Michigan

United States

About Cascade Engineering

Cascade Engineering was founded and headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI. A manufacturing company comprised of 9 business units, they support a broad diversity of markets including transportation, environmental services, office furniture, RFID asset management, material handling and polymer compounding. Specializing in plastic injection molding of large parts, CE employs 1600 people in 14 US locations with additional European operations in Budapest, Hungary. Cascade Engineering is a nationally recognized proponent of sustainable business practices that emphasize the key role business can play in building financial, social and ecological capital.

We are proud to be a Certified B Corporation and are continually learning and sharing best practices with other companies like us. This growing fraternity of companies helps us to enhance our systems, processes and practices in a sharing and learning environment.

The Change We Seek®

Cascade Engineering believes that sustainability drives innovation and growth across the three principles that comprise the Triple Bottom Line (TBL) – People, Planet and Profit. They have worked diligently over the past decade to create a strategy focused on sustainability that propels innovation and sets forth our future direction. Their purpose as defined by their employees is to make a positive impact on society, the environment and pursuit of financial excellence. Today this sustainability focus resonates throughout the many facets of their organization. It has become a permanent and palpable part of their culture and drives their strategy for new products and business pursuits. Cascade Engineering is committed to building a sustainable organization.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

October 2010

Company Score

Median Score*



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.



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.



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).



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.



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.

Overall B Score

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: 

Employees: A living wage is paid to all full-time and part-time employees; >75% of health insurance covered for employees and their families; company makes employee retention, diversity, satisfaction data transparent to all employees; 20% of employees receive paid professional development opportunities; manufacturing facilities have health and safety committees that track and monitor injuries and accidents

Community: Emphasize long term relationships with significant suppliers; visited >50% of their overseas vendors on-site; 20-29% of managers are women or ethnic minorities; 5-10% of employees are people with disabilities; employees offered more than 20hrs a year of paid time for community service

Consumers: Growing segment of products and services with a direct social impact including business units that supply water filtration systems for emerging markets, certified cradle-to-cradle products, 100% recyclable automotive products, HR training on diversity and inclusion and how to become an employer of choice.

Environment: Two facilities with LEED Certification; a growing product line is certified cradle to cradle; achieved 1-4% reduction in relative energy use; >50% of overall energy use from renewable resources; waste reduction tracked annually and zero waste to landfill achieved in 2012 for all 9 Grand Rapids facilities.

Accountability: Board includes independent members represented from the Community and Employees; annual TBL report includes quantitative data about mission related performance in the areas of People, Planet and Profit.



• Cascade featured in INC. Go»

• 2010 Triple Bottom Line Report Go»

• CSRwire Press Release Go»

• 2011 B Corp Annual Report: Old School Leader of the New Economy (p. 26) Go»