SOMB, LLC

Men's and Women's Apparel

Los Angeles, California

United States

somb.com

About SOMB

SOMB is an apparel company founded on the simple model of one sold, one donated. For every item of clothing sold, SOMB gives a school uniform to a child in Africa. SOMB's mission is to ensure that children are not denied an education simply because they cannot afford a school uniform.

We became a B Corp because we wanted to solidify our commitment to social sustainability and provide our customers and business partners with a sense of security in knowing how we do business. Becoming a B Corp is our way of validating the authenticity of our core business principals.

SOMB

SOMB's school uniform mission transforms its customers into sponsors, allowing the company to grow a truly sustainable partnership, dedicated to helping the children of Africa. This is what SOMB stands for. This is what it is all about.

The Change We Seek®

SOMB's mission is to improve the lives of as many children around the world as possible through providing them with uniforms and enabling them to go to school and get a real education.

• In many African countries, the law requires children to wear school uniforms to attend school. While there are often no direct school fees, many children cannot attend school for the sole reason that their parents are unable to pay for them to have a school uniform. Even where uniforms are not required by law, children who cannot afford them often stay out of school rather than attend in torn and tattered clothing. Those who do attend frequently suffer from bullying and low self-esteem. Without access to an education, many of these children will end up on the streets. SOMB works to provide school uniforms to the children who are most in need, giving them access to an education and the opportunity to realize their potential and achieve a better life.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

April 2011
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Accountability

Accountability

The Accountability section of the Assessment evaluates a company's governance and transparency. This section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

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Employees

Employees

The employee 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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Consumers

Consumers

The Consumers 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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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
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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: 20% of revenues donated to charity, >30% of Significant Suppliers located in low/moderate income communities

Environment: majority of facilities LEED certified or meet LEED requirements, >75% of company materials sourced from recycled or sustainable materials

Miscellany: 

Blogs/Feeds

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Videos

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Photos

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