Checkerspot

Certified B Corporation
Headquarters

California, United States

Certified Since

November 2019

Industry

Textiles

Sector

Wholesale/Retail

Operates In

United States

Checkerspot designs performance materials at the molecular level. It does this by optimizing microbes to biomanufacture unique triglyceride oils not previously accessible at commercial scale. Checkerspot's first materials are next generation polyurethanes and textile finishes designed to improve the performance of consumer products. The company commercializes performance composites engineered into skis and sold through the brand WNDR Alpine (https://wndr-alpine.com), as well as algal oil formulated into 100% bio-based miDori BioWick textile finishes and sold in partnership with Beyond Surface Technologies (https://www.midori-bio.com/biowick.html). Checkerspot's mission is to expand the palette of molecular building blocks for high performance and sustainable materials. Their vision is one of empowerment. They empower the innovators, designers, and fabricators - the makers that conceive the next generation of high performance products - by delivering unique, new technologies & materials into their hands.

Overall B Impact Score

Based on the B Impact assessment, Checkerspot earned an overall score of 84.2. The median score for ordinary businesses who complete the assessment is currently 50.9.
84.2
84.2 Overall B Impact Score
80 Qualifies for B Corp Certification
50.9 Median Score for Ordinary Businesses

Governance 15.0

The Governance Impact Area evaluates a company's overall mission, engagement around its social and 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 & Engagement2.1
Ethics & Transparency2.8
+ 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 23.3

The Workers Impact Area evaluates a company's contributions to its employees' financial security, health and safety, wellness, career development, as well as overall engagement and 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 Security7.9
Health, Wellness, & Safety8.0
Career Development1.3
Engagement & Satisfaction3.9

Community 13.7

The Community Impact Area evaluates a company's engagement with and impact on the communities in which it operates, hires from, and sources from. Topics include diversity, equity, and 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, & Inclusion3.2
Economic Impact4.7
Civic Engagement & Giving2.0
Supply Chain Management1.3

Environment 32.0

The Environment Impact Area 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 Management4.1
Air & Climate2.6
Water0.4
Land & Life2.3
+ Toxin Reduction / Remediation1.7
+ Environmental Education & Information20.7

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.


Customers 0.0

The Customers Impact Area 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 and media products, serving underserved customers or clients, and services that improve the social impact of other businesses or organizations.

Customer Stewardship0.0


Previous Overall B Impact Scores

2019 Overall B Impact Score84.2

Additional Documentation

2021 Environmental stewardship (energy, GHG, water, waste)

2021 More sustainable high performance materials (biobased and recycled content)


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