MakerKids

One of the first and only makerspaces for kids in the world

Toronto, Ontario

Canada

makerkids.com

About MakerKids

MakerKids is one of the first and only makerspaces for kids in the world. It offers camps and weekly programs on topics like robotics, 3D printing, video game making, Minecraft, electronics, and more. The Board of Advisors includes the CEOs of Arduino and Maker Media (runs Maker Faire and Make Magazine). MakerKids has been featured on Wired Magazine and more, and has partnerships with companies such as Intel and 3D Systems. Staff have been invited to speak about it at key maker events worldwide such as Maker Faire Bay Area, Makercon New York, etc.

We became a B Corp because we wanted to demonstrate our commitment to social impact, and access new tools for measuring our impact.

The Change We Seek®

Our goal is to help more kids move from being consumers to creators. We seek to inspire the next generation of future leaders. We foster leadership by celebrating people’s strengths and emphasizing process over product.

Interwoven with everything we do is our philosophy to honour kids’ own creativity and trust their abilities. We enable kids to build their ideas with real tools and materials; our goal is to inspire and empower kids to think, design, experiment and create. Kids who are confident in their own abilities are capable of learning and doing anything!

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

November 2015
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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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.

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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).

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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.

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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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Overall B Score
90
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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Miscellany: 

Press

  • MakerKids has been featured in Wired Magazine Go »
  • Jennifer Turliuk on Youtube Go »
  • Article in Makezine Go »

Social Media

Professional Networks