OverDrive, Inc.

Certified B Corporation

Ohio, United States

Certified Since

August 2017


Mobile applications


Service with Minor Environmental Footprint

Operates In


United States

For three decades, OverDrive has worked exclusively with digital content, a true pioneer in the evolution and adoption of eBooks and audiobooks. Public libraries and schools worldwide have partnered with OverDrive to make reading more accessible and more fun. As technology progressed, so has their digital reading platform. Today, OverDrive offers the largest digital content catalog in the world for libraries and schools and the highest-rated apps that are built to create reading happiness. OverDrive champions the needs of readers and seeks to delight more readers every day, in everything they do. Through the years, OverDrive has learned from their successes and challenges, and, most importantly, from their partners. From the beginning, it has been equally important to align with the mission of their global network of publishers, libraries and schools to support communities with passion and collaboration while supporting reading literacy. As OverDrive continues to reach for new goals, OverDrive’s vision, mission, core beliefs and values remind them who they are as a company and what they are striving for each day: A World Enlightened by Reading.

Overall B Impact Score

Based on the B Impact assessment, OverDrive, Inc. earned an overall score of 93.0. The median score for ordinary businesses who complete the assessment is currently 50.9.
93 Overall B Impact Score
80 Qualifies for B Corp Certification
50.9 Median Score for Ordinary Businesses

Governance 15.6

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 & Engagement2.6
Ethics & Transparency5.4
+ Mission Locked7.5

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 35.9

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 Security12.6
Health, Wellness, & Safety11.2
Career Development6.1
Engagement & Satisfaction5.9

Community 17.5

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, & Inclusion6.1
Economic Impact3.1
Civic Engagement & Giving5.9
Supply Chain Management0.0

Environment 9.3

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 Management3.8
Air & Climate0.7
Land & Life3.0

Customers 14.4

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 Stewardship2.9
+ Education8.7
+ Serving in Need Populations2.8

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 Score93
2017 Overall B Impact Score82.3

Additional Documentation

OverDrive Transparent Assessment

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