VIF International Education

K-12 International Education Programs

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

United States

www.vifprogram.com

About VIF International Education

VIF International Education is the nation’s largest J-1 teacher exchange sponsor and a provider of language immersion and global literacy programs. VIF assists K-12 schools with the development and management of comprehensive international education programs that facilitate the development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes crucial for students to thrive in a global economy. Over the past 20 years, VIF has partnered with over 200 school districts across the United States.

Through VIF’s programming, school partners are able to provide learning environments where a student can excel in core curriculum while also developing an invaluable 21st century skill set.

For more than 20 years, we have been committed to ensuring that our social mission drives our organization. Becoming a B Corp allows us to benefit from externally certified standards that demonstrate our commitment to being socially accountable.

The Change We Seek®

VIF International Education envisions a world where all education is international. Their programs help schools prepare today’s K-12 students with the global skills and knowledge required to compete in a global economy.

Programs are centered on world language, global awareness and cultural exchange. Their innovative language immersion program, Splash, helps schools start and manage high quality language education programs that enable students to become fluent in two languages. Their global school model, Passport, helps schools build a foundation for students to achieve global literacy through whole-school programming in experiential learning, cultural exposure and early language learning.

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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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.

30
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).

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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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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.

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Overall B Score
134
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: 

Governance: Dedicated staff working to oversee company's social performance; Explicit commitment to social impact; At least half of Board composed of independent members

Workers: Cover >80% of health insurance premiums for both workers and their families; Some part- and flex-time workers qualify for health care benefits; Dental, short- and long-term disability, and flexible spending account benefits available to tenured employees

Community: Directly impact consumers through job education; Give preference to local suppliers; Organize community-service days

Environment: Office wide recycling program in place; All facilities located within 1/2 mile of public transportation; Some products used for office operations come from recycled and sustainable input materials

2014 Best for the World Overall Honoree