Environmental & Public Health Consulting

Consulting and Research

Alameda, California

United States

www.annblake.com

About Environmental & Public Health Consulting 

One of the key obstacles that keep businesses from making more sustainable choices about their sourcing, manufacturing, retailing, or purchasing is the lack of information and good decision-making tools. EPHC brings together a potent combination of rigorous research, practical tools to make better choices and the ability to present technical results in a way non-scientists can understand. Clients have said EPHC is the place to go to when they want to bring together key players around an emerging issue and come up with practical solutions.

Ann Blake, Ph.D., EPHC’s Founder and Principal, has 20 years of experience with over 100 groups, including more than a dozen NGO coalitions locally, nationally and internationally, over 50 state and local governments, federal agencies, business-NGO coalitions, leading sustainability companies, third-party standards-setting organizations, and academic institutions. Dr. Blake has created ecolabels, rating systems, purchasing policies, and contributed to international, national, state and local laws and regulations pushing for innovative safer chemicals.

EPHC has worked with US EPA Department Heads, company CEOs, Chief Science Officers, and Chief Technical Officers, as well as hotel and house-cleaning workers, to create jobs, services and products that are better for our communities, the health of the planet, and long-term profitability.

We became a B Corp because we couldn’t agree more that doing environmental and social good should also be economically viable. And if the current economic paradigm doesn’t support that idea, then that paradigm needs to be changed. We are proud to be part of the growing B Corp movement that makes the triple bottom line of People, Planet and Prosperity a reality.

The Change We Seek®

EPHC is committed to creating a just and sustainable global economy. To this end, the company provides research, develops tools and practices, and crafts policies in support of safer alternatives to potentially harmful chemicals in products and manufacturing. EPHC believes it can create an economy that provides products, services and meaningful work without detriment to the planet’s environment or human health. B Corps are an expression of that vision, and EPHC is proud to be part of the B Corp community.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

December 2012
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.

22
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.

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).

13
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.

55
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
99
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: 

Governance: 100% woman-owned

Community: Requires specific social and environmental criteria from suppliers; Gives preference to local/sustainable suppliers; Donates >5% of profits to charitable groups and organizations

Environment: Has composting as well as recycling for paper, plastic, cardboard, glass & metal; Uses >50% renewable energy; Purchases carbon credits to off-set >50% of greenhouse gas emissions

Miscellany: 

Press

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