Paul de Ruiter Architects

Certified B Corporation

North Holland, Netherlands The

Certified Since

February 2016


Architecture design & planning


Service with Minor Environmental Footprint

Operates In

Netherlands The

Sustainable design is part of Paul de Ruiter office's DNA. Buildings are designed to respond intelligently to sunlight, maximizing energy gain and storage. These features distinguish the architecture practice as unique, recognizable and innovative. Paul de Ruiter Architects capitalizes on local conditions and climate in a way that is both logical and explainable. They aim to measure their sustainability and contribute to the development of building certification methods. As record-holders with the highest scores in the Netherlands for BREEAM, LEED, GPR and GreenCalc+, the office ensures that its own buildings meet the highest, proven standards of sustainability. Paul de Ruiter Architects takes its inspiration from the body of ideas expressed in the PhD research by Paul de Ruiter, “The Chameleon Skin” from 1992. He argued that buildings should produce rather than consume energy. Paul de Ruiter's architecture generates energy in technical terms, but also for the people working and living within them. Their buildings value happiness and inspiration, and they have found that daylight optimization fosters intelligence and sustainability. Thus, the company designs buildings with a pleasant indoor climate in which health, interaction and human communication take centre stage.

Overall B Impact Score

Based on the B Impact assessment, Paul de Ruiter Architects earned an overall score of 88.0. The median score for ordinary businesses who complete the assessment is currently 50.9.
88 Overall B Impact Score
80 Qualifies for B Corp Certification
50.9 Median Score for Ordinary Businesses

Governance 17.4

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 & Engagement1.6
Ethics & Transparency5.8
+ 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 27.1

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 Security9.8
Health, Wellness, & Safety7.0
Career Development4.5
Engagement & Satisfaction4.7

Community 18.7

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, & Inclusion3.3
Economic Impact10.0
Civic Engagement & Giving2.6

Environment 24.4

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 Management1.2
Air & Climate2.2
Land & Life2.5
+ Training & Collaboration4.2
+ Community4.5
+ Certification4.1
+ Materials & Codes4.1

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 0.2

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 Stewardship0.2

Previous Overall B Impact Scores

2022 Overall B Impact Score88
2019 Overall B Impact Score82.3
2016 Overall B Impact Score83.1

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