Dansko

Footwear

West Grove, Pennsylvania

United States

dansko.com

About Dansko

Dansko, literally translated as “Danish Shoe,” was founded in 1990 with a simple, flexible-bottom clog. The brand has since expanded significantly, adding more diverse products from casual to dress, and from sandals to boots.

Dansko became a Founding B Corporation because the Community of B Corporations offers us the perspectives and collective power of many like-minded business leaders who strive for excellence in everything they do.

Dansko strives to be a rewarding company for our stakeholders, our customers, our employees, and our community. We want to be a company that serves to inspire others to become a responsible business. We came from humble beginnings – selling shoes out of the trunk of our car – so we understand the importance of engaging our local community. When we recognized that people were crazy about our shoes, we thought the natural step was to form Dansko and create a platform to amplify our social mission (and obsession with shoes).

Dansko

The Change We Seek®

Dansko is a vibrant example of using for-profit business to effect social change – to initiate and exemplify ethical governance, personal and professional growth, community service and philanthropy, and to take responsible and meaningful measures to reduce our negative impact on the planet.

• Dansko is proud to announce that our new office building is LEED® Gold Certified! Certification is awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and is independent, third party proof that Dansko is committed to being environmentally responsible. Welcome to our 80,000 sq. foot declaration of eco-independence.

• Our headquarters features a “living wall” of plant life in the lobby (one of only four in the United States). Not only eyecatching, it also catches volatile organic compounds from the air. The living wall acts as an air filter for the entire building.

• Dansko is proud to host our township’s only Community Recycling Station, based at our company headquarters in West Grove, PA. We are happy to take care of our neighbor’s unwanted cans, glass containers, plastics, paper, flattened cardboard and other recyclable waste.

• Not only do we pay our employees to take time off to go and volunteer, we take their salary, match it, and give that amount to the organization with which they volunteer.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

December 2007
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
103
80

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: Offices are LEED certified and house the only recycling station in their township; >50% renewable energy used; Incentivizes low-impact employee commutes.

Employees: >50% employees share ownership; >5% profits shared with employees; 100% employees eligible for tuition reimbursement; health, wellness, and counseling services provided

Community: Pays employees to volunteer AND matches their salary in donations; >40% management and Board from previously excluded populations; >50% employees participate in company-organized service days.

Consumers: 90% of products certified ‘Foot-Healthy’ by American Podiatric Medical Association

Miscellany: 

Blogs/Feeds

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Videos

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