World Centric

Zero Waste Solutions

Petaluma, California

United States

worldcentric.org

About World Centric

World Centric’s mission is to create a better world. They started out as a non-profit and now as a business, they remain an organization not driven by profits but by their values. They manufacture compostable products which replace single use plastics & Styrofoam disposables/packaging, donate 25% of their profits to grassroots social and environmental organizations, offset all their carbon emissions from raw materials to final delivery, give discounts to schools and non-profits, and continuously try to make a difference for the better.

We believe businesses can play an integral and critical role in providing solutions to today's critical issues. We became a B Corp to be part of the collective voice of companies that are about integrity, responsibility, sustainability and doing good in the world can instead of being just about profits.

Their certified compostable products are made from discarded sugarcane and wheat straw fiber and other annually renewable resources like corn. They are non-toxic, non-polluting, take less energy to produce and when composted, make nutrient rich soil.

World Centric

The Change We Seek®

Their goal is to eliminate petroleum based plastics and Styrofoam, be the definitive resource on consumption and waste, and inspires others to create a better world.

Their desire to change the world goes beyond our products. They offset all carbon emitted from raw materials, to production, to final delivery. In 2009 alone, they planted 175,000 trees in Cameroon and India. Their office is run on renewable energy and we utilize natural lighting, fans and space heaters and open doors and windows in the summer to reduce energy usage. They have low flush toilets, composting outside the office and we strive to be zero waste. They also offer employees up to $250 a month in reimbursement for the use of public transportation.

They are committed to giving 25% of their profits to grassroots social and environmental organizations. They've supported various small budget projects in Kenya and India related to rain water harvesting, solar panels for a school, low cost water filtration and kitchen gardens, which also serve to educate and help the communities move toward self-sufficiency.

They give discounts to schools and non-profits and make it easy for schools to switch to earth-friendly products and be part of the zero waste movement. In addition, they provide at cost their plant fiber school lunch tray to any school or entity wishing to replace the Styrofoam trays that flood schools and cafeterias.

They believe organizations have a responsibility to be involved in the local community in which they reside. They have hosted over 170 films and speakers on issues of globalization, environmental destruction, economic and social justice, peace, consumption, biodiversity, and sustainable alternatives. They also regularly co-sponsor events with other local organizations and their office space remains a center for active community involvement and interaction.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

December 2010
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: 

Employees: Living wage paid to all employees; Covers 100% health insurance costs for employees and their families; 100% employees participate in bonus plan; >75% employees share ownership

Consumers: 100% products are 100% compostable

Community: Donates >25% of profits to charity; 70% Significant Suppliers have a third-party social/environmental certification; Offers >20 hours/year paid time off for employees to volunteer

Environment: >50% energy used comes from renewable sources; Has completed a Life Cycle Analysis for >75% products; >25% Significant Suppliers use closed-loop or other water recovery systems; Incentives encourage low-impact commutes

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