SunCommon

residential and community solar systems

Waterbury, Vermont

United States

suncommon.com

About SunCommon

SunCommon believes that everyone has the right to a healthy environment and safer world -- and clean energy is where it starts. Energy from the sun can power lives, heat homes and fuel cars. Their mission is to tear down the barriers to renewable energy. They do that by making it easy and affordable for all Vermonters to go solar.

We are organized as a Benefit Corporation and earned certification as a B Corp to be part of this emerging movement of socially responsible businesses that rejects the notion that commerce must be at the expense of the planet and its people. As part of this values-led business community, we will apply our personal ethics to every business decision we make and will do our part to strengthen and grow this inspiring community.

 

The Change We Seek®

Reliance on fossils fuels has had devastating impacts on the environment and threatens the ability of our planet to sustain us. The need to move beyond these dirty sources of energy and actively embrace sustainable practices is the driving force behind SunCommon’s mission. SunCommon understands that the switch to renewable energy must be made and that homeowners, businesses and towns can help lead the way. This is why SunCommon is dedicated to making the transition to solar power easy and affordable. In addition, SunCommon seeks to challenge the profit-maximizing ethos that characterizes so many corporations today. Instead, the company is committed to doing business in a way that honors their workers, customers, and the environment. This commitment is reflected in every decision the company makes including the net-zero office building in which they work, the hybrid and electric vehicles they drive, and the high-quality green jobs that they provide.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

June 2012
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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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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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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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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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
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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: 

Governance: Explicit commitment to social impact and environmental stewardship included in written corporate mission; Shares all financial information with full-time employees

Workers: Fully funded/fully matched Employee Retirement Plan; >25 days provided of paid maternity/paternity leave; Pays 100% of health and dental premiums for employees

Community: Gives preference to local suppliers as well as sustainable and fair trade suppliers; 24% of employees participated in company organized community service days,

Environment: Facilities mostly LEED certified; Extensive recycling program that includes compositing; Incentivizes car pooling and use of public transportation; 100% of energy from renewable sources at corporate facilities; Energy conservation/efficiency measures in place for equipment, lighting, and HVAC

2014 Best for the World Environment

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