3x5 Partners

Certified B Corporation

Oregon, United States

Certified Since

March 2017


Equity investing - Developed Markets


Service with Minor Environmental Footprint

Operates In

United States

3x5 Partners is a growth-oriented venture capital firm that primarily invests in innovations in life sciences and the natural resource sector. 3x5 invests in people and with patience, commitment, and the belief that the best way to exit is through building a healthy company. The firm began investing in 2000, launched its first fund in 2011, and closed its second fund in 2017. 3x5 seeks to invest in companies that will have a positive impact on society and the planet while generating strong financial returns for its investors. 3x5 Partners invests in companies that alleviate stresses caused by the growing and aging global population and the increasing demands it places on the planet’s finite set of resources. In spurring this needed innovation, 3x5 Partners is able to both uncover currently undervalued opportunities and bring forward changes the world needs. And by being another example of doing well by doing good, 3x5 Partners plays its own small part in shifting the investment mindset and expectations of holders of capital.

Overall B Impact Score

Based on the B Impact assessment, 3x5 Partners earned an overall score of 115.2. The median score for ordinary businesses who complete the assessment is currently 50.9.
115.2 Overall B Impact Score
80 Qualifies for B Corp Certification
50.9 Median Score for Ordinary Businesses

Governance 19.0

Governance evaluates a company's overall mission, engagement around its social/environmental impact, ethics, and transparency. This section also evaluates the ability of a company to protect their mission and formally consider stakeholders in decision making through their corporate structure (e.g. benefit corporation) or corporate governing documents.

Mission & Engagement2.0
Ethics & Transparency7.0
+ Mission Locked10

What is this? A company with an Impact Business Model is intentionally designed to create a specific positive outcome for one of its stakeholders - such as workers, community, environment, or customers.

Workers 37.1

Workers evaluates a company’s contributions to its employees’ financial security, health & safety, wellness, career development, and engagement & satisfaction. In addition, this section recognizes business models designed to benefit workers, such as companies that are at least 40% owned by non-executive employees and those that have workforce development programs to support individuals with barriers to employment.

Financial Security14.2
Health, Wellness, & Safety9.9
Career Development5.7
Engagement & Satisfaction7.1

Community 25.9

Community evaluates a company’s engagement with and impact on the communities in which it operates, hires from, and sources from. Topics include diversity, equity & inclusion, economic impact, civic engagement, charitable giving, and supply chain management. In addition, this section recognizes business models that are designed to address specific community-oriented problems, such as poverty alleviation through fair trade sourcing or distribution via microenterprises, producer cooperative models, locally focused economic development, and formal charitable giving commitments.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion5.6
Economic Impact7.8
Civic Engagement & Giving8.4
Supply Chain Management1.0

Environment 11.1

Environment evaluates a company’s overall environmental management practices as well as its impact on the air, climate, water, land, and biodiversity. This includes the direct impact of a company’s operations and, when applicable its supply chain and distribution channels. This section also recognizes companies with environmentally innovative production processes and those that sell products or services that have a positive environmental impact. Some examples might include products and services that create renewable energy, reduce consumption or waste, conserve land or wildlife, provide less toxic alternatives to the market, or educate people about environmental problems.

Environmental Management4.6
Air & Climate2.5
Land & Life2.7

Customers 21.9

Customers evaluates a company’s stewardship of its customers through the quality of its products and services, ethical marketing, data privacy and security, and feedback channels. In addition, this section recognizes products or services that are designed to address a particular social problem for or through its customers, such as health or educational products, arts & media products, serving underserved customers/clients, and services that improve the social impact of other businesses or organizations.

Customer Stewardship3.4
+ Mission Lock1
+ Past Performance4.3
+ Current Fund1.7
+ Positive Impact2.9
+ Portfolio Reporting2
+ Capacity Building5
+ Fund Governance1.5

What is this? A company with an Impact Business Model is intentionally designed to create a specific positive outcome for one of its stakeholders - such as workers, community, environment, or customers.

Previous Overall B Impact Scores

2020 Overall B Impact Score115.2
2017 Overall B Impact Score91.1

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