Biomimicry 3.8

Education, Training & Consulting

Missoula, Montana

United States

biomimicry.net

About Biomimicry 3.8

Biomimicry 3.8 is the world’s leading bio-inspired consultancy offering biological intelligence consulting, professional training, and inspiration. Its mission is to train, equip, and connect the world–engineers, educators, architects, designers, business leaders, and other innovators–to sustainably emulate nature’s 3.8 billion years of brilliant designs and strategies. Whether it’s looking to native ecosystems to build factories that function like forests, or studying the armor-like abalone shell to help capture carbon, Biomimicry 3.8 helps organizations turn time-tested biological strategies into sustainable solutions.

Since 1998, Biomimicry 3.8 has helped more than 250 clients and partners redesign carpets, furniture, manufacturing processes, airplanes, and even entire cities, all in nature’s sustainable image. Its leadership team, including co-founders Janine Benyus and Dr. Dayna Baumeister, have worked in concert with staff and partners worldwide to reach millions through talks, walks, and media as well as trained hundreds who now practice biomimicry in their professions.

Along with its consulting work, Biomimicry 3.8’s offers immersion workshops, online courses, and research tools, including the first ever accredited Master’s of Science in Biomimicry in partnership with Arizona State University, and Synapse by Biomimicry 3.8, a premium advisory and research service that helps subscribers spark new ideas using biological intelligence. More at Biomimicry.net and Synapse.bio.

Nature has a set of operating conditions we refer to as Life’s Principles – as one would hope and expect, these guide how we conduct, shape, and grow our business, particularly with respect to collaborative relationships. Life’s Principles include: Evolve to Survive; Be Resource (Material and Energy) Efficient; Adapt to Changing Conditions; Integrate Development with Growth; Be Locally Attuned and Responsive; and Use Life-Friendly Chemistry. When we first discovered the B Corporation concept, it was clear within nanoseconds that these same principles are intrinsic in the changes and supporting strategies this community so passionately and sustainably seeks. We are honored to both inspire and be inspired by our fellow B Corps.

The Change We Seek®

Biomimicry 3.8's mission is to train, connect, and equip a global network of biomimicry leaders who transform the world by emulating nature’s designs and core principles. Their vision is for humans and all of their neighboring species to thrive in a world empowered by nature’s genius. “The real legacy of biomimicry,” says their co-founder Janine Benyus, “will be more than products and processes that help us fit in here. It will be gratitude, and from this, an ardent desire to protect the genius that surrounds us.”

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

January 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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7
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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18
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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17
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
84
55

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: 

Workers: Pays all employees a living wage; Offers health insurance to all fulltime employees and their families; Offers part-time/flexible schedules and telecommuting

Community: Requires specific environmental criteria from suppliers; Gives preference to local/sustainable suppliers; Banks with a local independent institution; >80% owned by individuals from underrepresented populations; Donates >2% profits to non-profit charitable arm Biomimicry 3.8 Institute

Environment: Has office-wide recycling program for paper, plastic, cardboard, glass & metal; Uses virtual meeting technology to reduce corporate travel

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