West Arete

Web & Mobile Application Development, Custom Workflow and ERP Solutions

State College, Pennsylvania

United States

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About West Arete

West Arete works closely with clients to build custom software solutions such as web applications, mobile applications, and internal workflow applications. Its team of around a dozen employees is headquartered in State College, PA.

Founded in 2005, it has been a member of 1% for the Planet since day one, and a Silver-level Bike Friendly Business. West Arete works extensively in the community to mentor new companies, teach programming, speak to classes, and host events for entrepreneurs and curious technologists.

The company is also known for its policy of giving every employee a fully-paid one month sabbatical, every year. This maximizes the team’s drive and creativity, and streamlines their processes. Search for Scott Woods’ TEDx talk online for inspiration.

We were already doing many good things for our people, community, and environment. B Corp certification commits us to doing these things more thoroughly, and with more permanence. By doing so, we’ve clarified our purpose as an organization, and connected to like-minded businesses and individuals through the B Corp community.

The Change We Seek®

As a software development company, West Arete sees the impact that good software can have on good organizations -- it multiplies their success. West Arete seeks to create the best possible software for nonprofits, educational institutions, and fellow B Corporations, so they have every advantage for accomplishing their missions.

At the same time, the software development field continues to grow at a staggering pace. West Arete seeks to teach, mentor, and grow with the people who possess the talent and ambition to move the industry forward, and who share the joy of crafting elegant, useful software.

Finally, if the business world wants people to apply all of their energy, talents, and skills to solving company problems, then businesses will have to provide the intrinsic motivation to do so. West Arete seeks to do so by caring about them as people, taking care of them and their loved ones, providing ample opportunity for professional growth, and providing them with balance and purpose to their work.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

May 2016
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.

10
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.

35
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).

10
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.

18
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.

11
6
Overall B Score
85
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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