Metropolitan Group

Strategy and Marketing

Portland, Oregon

United States

About Metropolitan Group

Metropolitan Group is a full-service social change agency that crafts and integrates strategic communication, creative and resource development services that empower social purpose organizations to build a just and sustainable world.

We became a B Corp because we believe businesses have an incredible opportunity to leverage their power of voice. In partnership with their constituents, they can put issues on the table, support and empower individuals and communities, advance causes, educate the public and influence policymakers.

Metropolitan Group was founded in 1989 and has offices in Portland, Oregon; Chicago; San Francisco; and Washington, D.C. MG works exclusively on behalf of companies and social purpose organizations-responsible businesses, public agencies, foundations and nonprofits/NGOs. The agency works as a team with their clients to create results, including sustainable attitudinal and behavioral change; increased consumer awareness and product use; and expanded revenues and capacity.

The Change We Seek®

Metropolitan Group crafts strategic and creative services that empower social purpose organizations to build a just and sustainable world.

We seek opportunity in:

• Challenging, while supporting, the individual;

• Proactively questioning and addressing social and political issues;

• Establishing ethical and creative business relationships that are of benefit to our clients, the community and to Metropolitan Group;

• Contributing to community through honest business dealings, charitable giving of time and money, and supporting just and civil causes; and,

• Acting on our commitment to leadership, creativity, honesty, fairness, peaceful conflict resolution, environmental sustainability, global understanding, educational opportunity and the realization of human potential.

These are the values upon which we stand in working for a stronger community.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

November 2010

Company Score

Median Score*



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.



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.



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).



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.



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.

Overall B Score

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: 

Environment: >75% of office supplies from recycled/sustainable materials; All facilities located within 1/2 mile of public transit; Incentives to encourage carpooling/public transit; >5% renewable energy

Employees: Living wage paid to all employees; >80% of employee health insurance costs covered; Partially funded Employee Retirement Plan; Dental/Long-Term Disability/Domestic Partner Benefits for all employees; >15% of employees reimbursed for continuing education

Community: >60% of suppliers are local and independent; >40% women/minority management; >25% of employees took time off to volunteer last year; 2000 volunteer hours donated last year; >5% of net profits donated to charity