UncommonGoods

Handmade, Small Production Gifts - Home Accents, Jewelry, Tabletop, Games/Books

Brooklyn, New York

United States

uncommongoods.com

About UncommonGoods

UncommonGoods is an online and catalog retailer of creatively designed, high quality, and affordable products. They combine the treasures of a specialty boutique, the great finds of a craft show, discoveries from a faraway bazaar, along with some enduring classics. UncommonGoods offers an exciting selection of products for the home, as well as an assortment of distinctive personal accessories, with more categories to follow.

We have been focused on the issue of sustainability since our founding in 1999. B Corporation appears to have struck an insightful balance between the realities of business and each of the key components of sustainability - including human resources, environment, community, financial, and governance. We want to learn from the questions that are asked and from the practices of other B Corporations in order to continue to improve in these areas.

They are committed to making the UncommonGoods shopping experience enjoyable in every way. Their engaging and intuitive interface informs shoppers about the quality, cultural significance, production method and style of their product, and tells the wonderful stories of the artisans who make their products. Their customers know why the items they are buying are special. In addition to providing unique items of outstanding quality, they endeavor to feature merchandise created in harmony with the environment and without harm to animals or people.

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The Change We Seek®

We recognize that people are looking for ways to express their individuality and creativity when shopping, a major challenge in today's chain store-dominated retail environment. We have set out to create a business that makes uncommon goods accessible to everyone. In doing this, we want to make the world a better place in whatever way we can.

• To us, sustainability means more than just being "green." We believe sustainability starts with integrity in everything we do, treating each individual inside and outside our company with dignity and respect, offering health insurance to all our full-time (and most part-time) employees and providing a living wage.

• We're committed to offering you a creative and exciting merchandise assortment and are working with our suppliers - from artists to small manufacturers - to make their products in a more socially and environmentally responsible manner. Since we started our business, we have featured products that contain recycled components and we ask that all the items we sell are produced without harm to animals. We don't sell products containing leather, feathers or fur.

• We are an Internet and catalog company, and we understand that by producing a catalog we use the earth's resources. We try our best to minimize that impact by shifting more business online, limiting how many catalogs we mail, and printing our catalogs on either recycled paper (virtually all of which is from 30% post-consumer waste) or paper sourced from FSC certified forests (which are harvested in a sustainable manner).

• We have launched a program called “Better to Give”, where we give our customers the opportunity to have UncommonGoods contribute to a non-profit organization each time they shop with us.

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What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

May 2007
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

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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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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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: 

Workers: >75% of employees and management own stock options; 62% of ownership is from underrepresented populations; >80% health insurance premiums paid by company; Offers health, wellness, and counseling services & onsite childcare

Community: 40% of products come from independent designers and artists; Donates 15% of net profits to non-profit organizations; >30% of workers reside in low-income communities; Give preference to local, sustainable, and fair trade suppliers; Covers 80% of health care premiums for full time employees

Environment: 100% of catalogues are printed on recycled and FSC certified paper; Incentivizes low-impact commutes; Derives 15% of energy from renewable sources; Office-wide recycling program in place; Some facilities fulfill green building standards

 

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