Gelfand Partners Architects

Certified B Corporation

California, United States

Certified Since

October 2013


Architecture design & planning


Service with Minor Environmental Footprint

Operates In

United States

Gelfand Partners is a woman-owned, full service San Francisco design firm. The office advances the design of schools, affordable housing and civic facilities and extends the benefits of sustainability for budget sensitive clients. Through responsive design, social engagement and adaptive reuse of historic buildings Gelfand Partners’ practice reinforces the strengths of mature communities and enables and stimulates a healthy future for new communities. Gelfand Partners has designed healthy and dignified homes for thousands of residents with low or no income. Through creating welcoming social settings Gelfand Partners’ dozens of multifamily developments help residents connect with neighbors and make themselves truly at home. Gelfand Partners’ innovations in education affect not only the tens of thousands of students attending Gelfand Partners’ new and modernized schools and colleges, but also influence high performance design standards across multiple other institutions. Gelfand Partners participates in the development and dissemination of cost effective, simple and reliable best practices shared across the industry. Healthy environments, lower operating costs, and a flexible future should define the 21st century building stock. Gelfand Partners designs for tomorrow today.

Overall B Impact Score

Based on the B Impact assessment, Gelfand Partners Architects earned an overall score of 94.9. The median score for ordinary businesses who complete the assessment is currently 50.9.
94.9 Overall B Impact Score
80 Qualifies for B Corp Certification
50.9 Median Score for Ordinary Businesses

Governance 17.0

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 & Engagement2.5
Ethics & Transparency4.4
+ 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 27.0

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 Security9.9
Health, Wellness, & Safety6.2
Career Development5.3
Engagement & Satisfaction5.4

Community 16.0

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, & Inclusion6.7
Economic Impact3.8
Civic Engagement & Giving3.4

Environment 33.0

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 Management5.3
Air & Climate1.0
Land & Life2.5
+ Training & Collaboration5.1
+ Community8.5
+ Certification0
+ Materials & Codes9.5

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.

Customers 1.7

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 Stewardship1.7

Previous Overall B Impact Scores

2022 Overall B Impact Score94.9
2018 Overall B Impact Score103.7
2016 Overall B Impact Score101.2
2014 Overall B Impact Score93.5

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