Terra Education, Inc.

Educational travel programs

San Diego, California

United States

terraeducation.com

About Terra Education, Inc.

Terra Education, Inc. offers international service-learning programs for students of all ages, from all over the world, to learn the skills required to be effective global citizens in an interconnected society. Their flagship program is Global Leadership Adventures, a short term study abroad program that sends high school students to developing countries in order to work under grassroots leaders who are changing the world one community at a time.

Their participants volunteer with community-based organizations to refurbish schools, mentor children, build homes and plant vegetable and medicinal gardens. In addition to the annual 25,000 hours of volunteer labor their students contribute, Terra Education allocates a percentage of its revenue to finance community development projects in these communities.

We became a B Corp in order to join a movement of other companies who hold values similar to our and to raise awareness among the general public that there are businesses who are truly committed to solving the world’s problems through their operations.

Terra Education

The Change We Seek™

Their mission is to empower students to realize their potential to change the world and their role in it. They believe that all people have the potential to be a leader and affect positive change.

In order to provide opportunities for all students, regardless of income, they work with non-profit organizations to actively recruit students from low-income and underrepresented backgrounds and provide in-kind scholarships to these students so that they may have an international educational experience.

In addition to the opportunities they provide in the United States, they partner with schools in Africa to recruit African students to participate in their programs in order to be part of the movement to develop the next generation of African leaders.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

July 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
91
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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Company Highlights: 

Workers: Pays majority of health insurance premiums for workers and their families; Provides life insurance and health insurance for employees 

Community: > 50% of the company is owned by non-accredited investors; > 40% of the company is owned by underrepresented populations own; >75% of employees took time off for community service last year, Targets low-income populations

Environment: >75% of printed materials use recycled paper content; Has installed energy efficient lighting and HVAC programs 

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Links

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