Give Something Back, Inc

Office Supplies, Furniture, Printing

Oakland, California

United States

givesomethingback.com

About Give Something Back

Give Something Back Office Supplies (GSB) is California's largest independent office supply company, with giving back to communities integral to its core mission and purpose. Donation recipients are community organizations chosen through a balloting process that involves GSB's 17,000 customers and 100-plus employees. Give Something Back is a full spectrum supplier, counting print, MPS and furniture among their offerings.

B Corp is wholly compatible with the mission GSB has been operating under for 23 years. B Corp provides GSB with the opportunity to lead other companies and help them become socially responsible businesses.

Give Something Back seeks to delight their customers by helping them save time and money on their office products purchases. GSB provides rewarding careers for employees and support communities in which they do business by donating more than half their company profits to community organizations.

The Change We Seek®

Give Something Back is committed to reducing its environmental footprint; we strive to give a clean and healthy environment back to the people who support us! To help us achieve that goal, we power our corporate headquarters using a 50,000 watt solar farm on our roof. We became a certified Green Business by passing the rigorous requirements of the Alameda County Green Business Program. Earning Green Business Certification is just the beginning; in the years ahead we look forward to finding new ways to reduce our carbon footprint.

In addition, we consistently promote green and recycled office supplies to our customers, with more than 6,000 recycled and green options in almost every product category, including filing products, calendars, machine supplies, cleaning solutions, breakroom products, tissue and towels and of course hundreds of choices of recycled paper. We also offer free toner and box recycling programs to our customers.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

May 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
158
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: 

Community: >50% of employees work in low-income communities; 100% of profits donated to charities democratically chosen by staff and customers; 40% of employees were individuals with barriers to employment

Environment: >25% energy used comes from on-site solar panels; Conducts a 3rd party environmental audit; Extensive office recycling program; Has worked with landlord to improve office energy efficiency and waste reduction

Workers: Lowest-paid hourly worker receives 10% above the living wage; Provides >30 paid vacation/sick days to full time tenured workers; 100% healthcare premiums paid for full time employees

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• Give Something Back in Inc. Go»
• GSB's Marx Finds Profit in Giving Go»
• B Corporation Helps Philanthropic Firms Go»

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