Ecotrust Forest Management

Forestland Investment Management

Portland, Oregon

United States

ecotrustforests.com

About Ecotrust Forest Management

Ecotrust Forest Management (EFM) is a forestland investment management and advisory services company with a business model that generates financial returns, while delivering clear conservation value and strong community benefits. EFM seeks to capture a wide array of funding sources — tax credits, carbon offsets, conservation easements, and restoration funding — to supplement private capital resources in the acquisition and management of forestland. They also believe that in addition to improving forest health, creating reliable jobs for local residents and opportunities for local communities are a fundamental element of good forestry. Their forestry practices are certified by FSC (Forest Stewardship Council).

We chose to become a B Corp because we believe that long term stewardship of forestland is fundamental to our business model, and that having strong social and environmental governance are critical to achieving our objectives. We share these common values with B Corps and appreciate the legitimacy that an independent third party entity like B Lab can provide in assessing the environmental and social claims. We also seek to be aligned with investors and stakeholders in a community that shares our values and the B Corp community meets that standard!

The Change We Seek®

Ecotrust Forest Management is seeking to demonstrate an alternative approach to forest management in the Pacific Northwest. Since 2004 EFM has developed a style of forest management that enhances economic prosperity for local communities while restoring long-term forest health and productivity. The company has 12,000 acres of private forestland under management in Washington and Oregon and has been able to monetize the environmental and social benefits generated by its management via conservation grants, carbon finance, easements and tax credits. It is seeking to catalyze capital towards a long term model for ecological forestry in the region.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

September 2011
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.

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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
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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: 

Workers: >80% of health insurance premiums covered for full-time workers; Fully matched Employee Retirement Plan

Community: Gives preference to local as well as sustainable and fair trade suppliers; >40% of board members are from underrepresented populations; >50% of profits given to charity; Provides paid time off for community service

Environment: Conducts a 3rd-party environmental audit; Most company facilities are LEED Certified;  Increased % use of renewable energy annually at corporate facilities; >5% of energy used at corporate facilities from renewable sources

2014 Best for the World Overall Honoree