K-12 Education Programs

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

United States

About Participate

Participate partners with schools and districts to provide leading-edge technology, comprehensive frameworks and support services. These programs and services impact student outcomes by improving teacher practice through collaborative professional learning.

For nearly 30 years, educators have used Participate’s professional development and curriculum, language acquisition and cultural exchange teacher programs to create engaging learning environments that empower teachers and inspire students to create impact on a global scale.

We are committed to ensuring that our social mission drives our organization. Becoming a B Corp allows us to benefit from externally certified standards that demonstrate our commitment to being socially accountable.

The Change We Seek®

Participate is committed to ensuring inclusive, equitable learning for all.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

April 2011

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: 

Governance: Dedicated staff working to oversee company's social performance; Explicit commitment to social impact; At least half of Board composed of independent members

Workers: Cover >80% of health insurance premiums for both workers and their families; Some part- and flex-time workers qualify for health care benefits; Dental, short- and long-term disability, and flexible spending account benefits available to tenured employees

Community: Directly impact consumers through job education; Give preference to local suppliers; Organize community-service days

Environment: Office wide recycling program in place; All facilities located within 1/2 mile of public transportation; Some products used for office operations come from recycled and sustainable input materials

2013 Best for the World Overall Honoree

2014 Best for the World Overall Honoree

2015 Best for the World Overall Honoree