Cutting Edge Counsel

Legal

Oakland, California

United States

cuttingedgecounsel.com

About Cutting Edge Counsel

Cutting Edge Counsel is a law firm for social enterprise. Whether you run an entrepreneurial non-profit or a for-profit business with a mission, Cutting Edge Counsel can work with you in every phase of development from start-up, through initial financing, and ongoing operations. As lawyers who have worked in and started for-profit companies and nonprofits, they understand the practical side of what it takes to make your venture a success.

Cutting Edge Counsel provides an alternative to the traditional law firm model. Because they are committed to sustainability in all respects, they have chosen to operate as a virtual law firm. This allows them to keep their overhead to a minimum, provide greater flexibility for their staff, and keep their fees well below the going rates for legal services. Their hope is that this contributes to their clients’ efforts to meet their own goals for providing excellent service to their customers at a reasonable price while honoring the needs of their workers, communities, and the planet.

Stakeholder accountability is something we and our clients are firmly committed to. Being a B Corporation allows us to communicate that more clearly.

The Change We Seek®

We are focused solely on socially responsible enterprises and community development and we integrate socially responsible and environmentally friendly practices whenever possible. This includes reducing our environmental footprint, supporting locally-owned businesses, creating mutually beneficial networks within the community, and cultivating a fair and positive working environment for our staff.

We have become a Certified Bay Area Green Business by implementing measures to reduce our consumption, recycle, conserve water, reduce pollution, and conserve energy.

As a virtual law firm, much of our work is performed electronically, reducing the high amount of paper waste which is traditionally associated with running an office. When possible we use the backsides of printed sheets for notes and drafts, use two-sided printing, and generally reduce the number of documents which need to be printed. We buy reusable and repairable office items and select products with as little packaging as possible. We use equipment with energy saving features, fans and windows instead of air conditioning, and take advantage of natural lighting.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

July 2009
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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18
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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6
Overall B Score
81
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: 

Accountability: Social and environmental impact integrated into corporate mission; Shares financial information with all employees

Employees: Employees included in most strategic management decisions; >15% of net profits included in Employee Profit Sharing Plan; 1+ week sick policy

Environment: >25% recycled office supplies; Policy to minimize corporate travel; >5% renewable energy

Community: >60% of purchases from local independent businesses; >25% of suppliers located in low-income communities; >10% of net profits given to charitable organizations

Miscellany: 

Blogs / Feeds

• Cutting Edge Counsel Blog Go»

News

• Interview on Cause Capitalism Go»

Publications by Cutting Edge's Jenny Kassan

• Article in Business Law News Go»
• Article in University of Oregon Environmental Law and Litigation Go»

Values

• Mission Vision Values Go»