OverDrive, Inc.

Digital Media Distribution Company

Cleveland, Ohio

United States


About OverDrive, Inc.

For three decades, OverDrive has worked exclusively with digital content, a true pioneer in the evolution and adoption of eBooks and audiobooks. Public libraries and schools worldwide have partnered with OverDrive to make reading more accessible and more fun. As technology progressed, so has their digital reading platform. Today, OverDrive offers the largest digital content catalog in the world for libraries and schools and the highest-rated apps that are built to create reading happiness. OverDrive champions the needs of readers and seeks to delight more readers every day, in everything they do. Through the years, OverDrive has learned from their successes and challenges, and, most importantly, from their partners. From the beginning, it has been equally important to align with the mission of their global network of publishers, libraries and schools to support communities with passion and collaboration while supporting reading literacy. As OverDrive continues to reach for new goals, OverDrive’s vision, mission, core beliefs and values remind them who they are as a company and what they are striving for each day: A World Enlightened by Reading.

  • We believe in leading with integrity
  • We believe in long-term, trusted relationships
  • We believe digital reading can make the world better
  • We believe we can always do better, and we must
  • We believe our people make all the difference
  • We believe sustainable businesses create value for everyone

OverDrive is joining a global community of purpose-driven companies to demonstrate and celebrate what we stand for every day: Empowering communities with our digital reading services, supporting literacy and creating reading happiness; supporting initiatives that offer work-life balance for our employees; and incorporating work practices and business policies that strengthen and preserve our environment for future generations. OverDrive is taking responsibility for tomorrow; together with 38,000 library and school partners worldwide, we strive to delight more readers every day and support education and reading.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

August 2017

Company Score

Median Score*



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.



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 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).



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 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.

Overall B Score

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: The formal Code of Ethics is shared with all new and existing employees as well as the members of the Board of Directors; 100% of managers have social or environmental objectives written into their job descriptions

Workers: All full-time and part-time employees earn at least 25% above the living wage; 100% of tenured full-time and part-time employees received a bonus in the last fiscal year

Community: Overdrive has offered support in name and worked with industry partners on industry advocacy efforts; 35% of managers are women and/or individuals from underrepresented populations

Environment: OverDrive's headquarters is in a LEED certified building; OverDrive has a written policy documenting commitment to the environment and has stated objectives for environmental aspects of the company's operations