SJF Ventures

Impact Venture Investing

Durham, North Carolina

United States

sjfventures.com

About SJF Ventures

SJF Ventures is an impact investment fund with a strong focus on the cleantech sector, they have been investing in high growth, positive impact business across the U.S. for the past 12 years. To date, SJF Ventures has invested in 33 companies in 25 states which together have created over 7,000 jobs and generated over $680 MM in revenue, along with many other positive environmental and social impacts. SJF portfolio companies achieve competitive advantage and rapid growth through proprietary business models, high-quality management, high-performing workforces, and environmental efficiencies. A powerful alignment with the values and interests of next generation entrepreneurs and management teams drives SJF’s exceptional access to promising companies.

SJF Institute is an allied non-profit organization that connects, inspires, and accelerates sustainable entrepreneurs and the fields that support them. Some SJF Institute programs include a Cleantech Mentorship Program, the Green Jobs Award, CleanLinks networking events, Green Economy Summits, and field-building reports such as Employees Matter: Maximizing Company Value Through Workforce Engagement. SJF Institute has assisted over 1.500 entrepreneurs over the past decade.

We became a B Corporation because we believe in using the power of business for good. We want to help build the network of positive impact organizations.

SJF

The Change We Seek®

SJF believes that exceptional returns are available to companies that address current energy, climate, and other global and local issues with compelling solutions and effective engagement of employees. Moreover, many of the best and brightest entrepreneurs and management teams are looking to work in positive impact enterprises and are interested in working with investors with a similar vision.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

April 2011
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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6
Overall B Score
88
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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