UpSpring

Financing triple bottom line initiatives

Santa Fe, New Mexico

United States

www.upspringassociates.com

About UpSpring

UpSpring is a boutique management-consulting firm supporting the design, growth and measurement of mission-driven, market leveraging, and values based ventures throughout the U.S. and around the world. They generate ideas, spark actions, and measure results providing tailored, practical and affordable solutions to real world problems.

UpSpring, previously Social Enterprise Associates, was formed by a collaboration of consultants who recognized a need for market leveraging, mission based, and values driven expertise to generate ‘triple bottom line’ returns enhancing people, profit, and place. This certified HubZone small business became a ‘B Corporation’ in 2010, the first in New Mexico. Today, UpSpring – a networked, virtual learning organization – brings a circle of colleagues, seasoned experts covering many sectors to work with young professionals constituting the next generation of leaders – to affordably solve your problems.

UpSpring became a B Corporation because we believe in the mission that B Corporations adhere to; social and environmental responsibility is a top concern of ours and we feel the power for change will be present in this community.

The Change We Seek®

UpSpring is dedicated to turning good ideas into measurable change. This novel approach draws from a pool of consultants and capital advisory professionals with deep knowledge across many industries. Together, they help organizations find the best ways to do the most good.

• They provide extensive business related skills and deep industry knowledge to ensure high impact to your undertaking. They specialize in New Ventures, Socially Responsible Businesses, Microfinance Institutions, and Non-Profit Earned Income Strategies. Our emphasis is to rapidly (and economically) provide key value-added solutions to satisfy your organization's needs.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

December 2008
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.

10
9
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.

23
22
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).

52
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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32
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.

12
10
Overall B Score
124
80

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: 

Environment: >50% of printed materials come from sustainable sources, 1-4% of energy from renewable sources; purchases carbon offsets for travel, which accounts for >25% of carbon inventory

Community:  written community service policy, 1% of sales given to charitable organizations, one significant supplier is a Certified B Corporation

Consumers: 60% of revenues from serving NGOs; 100% of revenues from serving purpose-driven enterprises

2014 Best for the World Overall Honoree

Miscellany: 

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Press

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  • Podcast: TEDxAcequia Madre presentation “Local Investing for All” Go »
  • Drew Tulchin’s article “Government as Social Enterprise: 5 Lessons to Keep in Mind” Go »