Badger is a family run, family friendly business located on the banks of the Ashuelot River in rural Gilsum, New Hampshire, USA. The business was started back in 1995, in the kitchen of a carpenter who was in desperate need of relief for his rough, dry, cracked hands – the result of working daily in the unforgiving New Hampshire winter chill. Using Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Beeswax, Castor Oil, Aloe Vera and Essential Oil of Sweet Birch, a traditional New England herbal remedy, the original Healing Balm was born.
We became a B Corp because we wanted to codify our commitment to sustainability in a way that is transparent and clear.
The result was astounding: a simple, all-natural, soothing and healing balm that really worked! And a company was born. Now a team of about 40 friendly badgers formulates, manufactures, and ships almost all of the products from their facility, known as The Badger Mines. Badger works hard to create a healthy business with ethical and charitable principles. Call and ask any employee. You’ll hear about the free organic lunches, green initiatives in every department and their charitable giving practices—not to mention the lunchtime full-contact badminton games!
The Change We Seek®
Their mission is to create fabulously pure and effective products of the highest natural quality, based on simplicity and thoughtful preparation, with the intention to soothe and heal. All the while running a business that is fun, fair and profitable; where money is fuel, not a goal; and where their vision for a healthier world finds expression through the way they work and through the way they treat each other and the people they serve.
Their Core Principles:
1. Individual responsibility in a team concept
2. Personal and caring approach in communications
3. Supporting organic, sustainable agriculture through their purchasing practices
4. A business environment that is respectful and supportive of all employees, and of the people they serve
5. Personal and social healing through their charitable giving
6. Environmental responsibility
7. Honesty and integrity in their business practices
8. Fun is good
What makes us a better company?
B Impact Report
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Overall B Score||80|
80 out of 200 is eligible for certification
*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment
Accountability: Employees and local community have Board representation; Share financial information with all employees
Employees: Living wage paid to all employees; 100% employees participate in bonus plan; Offers 6+ weeks paid maternity leave; Covers >70% healthcare coverage for employees and their families
Community: 86% Significant Suppliers have a third party social/environmental certification; Banks with a local bank; >40 management and board are women/minorities; Provides paid time off for community service and for EMT responders; Donates >10% profits to charity
Consumers:100% products contain at least 75% organic ingredients - and the majority are 100%!
Environment: Conserves energy through efficient equipment, lighting, and HVAC systems; >25% Suppliers use renewable energy and/or water conservation systems; Increased % of recycled and recyclable materials in packaging last year