Fig Loans

Certified B Corporation
Headquarters

Texas, United States

Certified Since

September 2017

Industry

Other credit - Developed Markets

Sector

Service with Minor Environmental Footprint

Operates In

United States

Fig Loans was founded by two Wharton Business School graduates who were frustrated that high-interest payday loans were the only emergency funding available to subprime borrowers. John Li and Jeffrey Zhou were determined to create a model of responsible lending. A model that would align business returns with the financial health of the borrower. Today, Fig Loans does exactly that. Fig maximizes their profit by building up the financial health of their customers. Their model starts with the Fig Loan, a socially responsible alternative to predatory payday loans that was designed in collaboration with United Way of Houston and incorporates the CFPB’s small dollar lending remedies. The loan serves as an entry point and naturally transitions into a longer-term credit building product. In the short term, Fig provides a socially responsible, credit building alternative to payday loans. In the long term, Fig helps improve consumers’ financial health by building their credit up so they can access affordable mainstream credit products. In this way, Fig offers Americans with bad credit a second chance to rebuild credit and regain access to traditional credit products.

Overall B Impact Score

Based on the B Impact assessment, Fig Loans earned an overall score of 88.2. The median score for ordinary businesses who complete the assessment is currently 50.9.
88.2
88.2 Overall B Impact Score
80 Qualifies for B Corp Certification
50.9 Median Score for Ordinary Businesses

Governance 13.5

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 & Engagement4.0
Corporate Accountability2.3
Transparency4.6
+ Mission Locked2.5

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.


Workers 11.8

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.

Compensation & Wages4.0
Benefits0.7
Training & Education0.4
Worker Ownership3.3
Management & Worker Communication2.7
+ Worker Owned0

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.


Community 21.6

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.

Job Creation2.4
Diversity & Inclusion7.2
Civic Engagement & Giving1.8
Local Involvement7.0
Suppliers, Distributors & Product2.5

Environment 2.8

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.

Land, Office, Plant0.5
Inputs0.7
Outputs1.1
+ Green Lending0

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 34.9

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.

+ Portfolio Reporting0
+ Targeted for Investment2
+ Leadership & Outreach0.5
+ Investment Criteria1.2
+ Portfolio Management1.2
+ Serving in Need Populations30

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

2017 Overall B Impact Score88.2

Best for the World

Every year, B Lab recognizes the B Corps that have achieved the highest verified scores in the five impact areas evaluated on the B Impact Assessment.

Best For The World: Customers2019
Best For The World: Customers2018

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