EcoZoom

Ecological products (cookstoves, solar lights, etc.)

Nairobi,

Kenya

ecozoomstove.com

About EcoZoom

EcoZoom is a social enterprise dedicated to bringing ecological products to the all the world’s consumers. They believe that all people should have access to beautifully designed products that will improve their health, income and environment. EcoZoom started with improved cookstoves because they saw that as one of the biggest needs in the world. They’re the company's flagship products. But, their office in Kenya also sells solar lamps, water filters, and reusable sanitary pads to help create a more holistic healthy home solution and transform lives.
More than 3 billion people – almost half the world’s population – do not have access to modern fuels like electricity and gas. They cook with biomass, often on smoky three stone fires or inefficient, unimproved stoves and light their homes with costly and dangerous kerosene lamps. These practices result in huge impacts to people and the environment including: the death of over 4 million people a year, over 30% of monthly income being used to pay for fuel, deforestation and climate change. EcoZoom's products provide a solution and they work to make them accessible and affordable in developing countries. 

Operating a for-profit company in a space dominated by governments, NGOs and aid organizations can create some skepticism. We became a B Corp to demonstrate our high level of commitment to our social and environmental missions. We believe in the power of business to create change and think social enterprises will be instrumental in creating sustainable markets for durable goods in developing countries.

The Change We Seek®

EcoZoom seeks a world where everyone’s basic needs - like cooking, lighting and water - are met in a healthy, efficient and ecofriendly way. 

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

January 2012
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
150
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: 

Governance: measures social and environmental outcomes overtime; board includes >50% independent members; products are covered by a warranty or client protection policy; financial data is shared with all managers

Community: >125 hours were volunteered by employees during traditional work hours; worked and advocated for specific positive institutional, industry or regulatory reforms at the private (within the industry), local, and international level; company screens Significant Suppliers for specific negative practices and vists a majority of them on-site; 100% of revenues last year were generated from products that have a certification that assesses the product or production process for the product 

Environment: 100% of new equipment purchased during the last 2 years were energy efficient equipment; company has implemented an environmentally-efficient shipping or distribution policy; company recycles and reuses materials on premises, with clearly-marked bins for use

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