Telluride Bluegrass Festival, PBC (dba Planet Bluegrass)

Certified B Corporation

Colorado, United States

Certified Since

December 2015


Arts & entertainment


Service with Significant Environmental Footprint

Operates In

United States

For more than two decades, Planet Bluegrass has worked to present the finest musical experiences in some of the country’s most magnificent natural environments while striving to reduce our environmental footprint at the same time. Over the years, Planet Bluegrass has embraced some simple environmental solutions -- like providing free filtered water and waste reduction incentives and mandates at their festivals to cut down on plastic bottles and other trash. They’ve also embraced some complex ones -- like purchasing carbon credits to offset the greenhouse gas pollution produced by traveling to and from Telluride as well as renewable energy credits to offset our electricity consumption and support wind farms around the United States. In the process, Planet Bluegrass has developed a reputation as a national leader in voluntary environmental action. One of their greatest hopes is that our voluntary efforts will inspire and encourage Festivarians to take action in their own communities. They believe, all of us together can lay the groundwork for the private sector and our political leaders, in this country and around the world, as we transition to a clean energy economy.

Overall B Impact Score

Based on the B Impact assessment, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, PBC (dba Planet Bluegrass) earned an overall score of 91.3. The median score for ordinary businesses who complete the assessment is currently 50.9.
91.3 Overall B Impact Score
80 Qualifies for B Corp Certification
50.9 Median Score for Ordinary Businesses

Governance 16.1

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 & Engagement2.2
Corporate Accountability0.8
+ 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 19.2

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.

Compensation & Wages7.7
Training & Education1.0
Worker Ownership2.1
Management & Worker Communication1.7
Job Flexibility/Corporate Culture1.0
Occupational Health & Safety0.0

Community 20.4

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.

Job Creation0.0
Diversity & Inclusion1.8
Civic Engagement & Giving6.5
Local Involvement7.4
Suppliers, Distributors & Product3.9

Environment 27.3

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.

Land, Office, Plant6.7
Transportation, Distribution & Suppliers1.9
+ Environment Products & Services Introduction0
+ Environmental Education & Information10

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 8.0

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.

+ Arts, Media, & Culture8
+ Serving in Need Populations0

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

2018 Overall B Impact Score91.3
2015 Overall B Impact Score91.2

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