Shifting Patterns Consulting

Certified B Corporation

District of Columbia, United States

Certified Since

September 2014


Service with Minor Environmental Footprint

Operates In

United States

Shifting Patterns works alongside changemaker leaders to develop the collaborative competencies to bring about positive change in their workplaces and communities. They help clients identify what’s really getting in the way of effective teamwork, such as ineffective meetings, unhealthy conflict, and lack of accountability, build the skills to address these challenges, and put a support system in place to maintain improved performance. Shifting Patterns works alongside clients to plan and lead meetings that are participatory, action-oriented, and consistently meet expectations. They help teams articulate their purpose, set goals, develop action plans, and put the structures and processes in place that contribute to effective teamwork. They also work with associations, networks, alliances, and coalitions to define their purpose and membership criteria, conduct stakeholder mapping, and determine how members will work together. Shifting Patterns has helped social enterprise accelerators, like Ashoka Changemakers, socially responsible business associations, like B Local: Mid-Atlantic Region, and social justice networks, like National Justice for Our Neighbors to determine their strategic direction, strengthen team leadership skills, and improve communication and coordination.

Overall B Impact Score

Based on the B Impact assessment, Shifting Patterns Consulting earned an overall score of 92.1. The median score for ordinary businesses who complete the assessment is currently 50.9.
92.1 Overall B Impact Score
80 Qualifies for B Corp Certification
50.9 Median Score for Ordinary Businesses

Governance 15.2

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 & Engagement2.2
Ethics & Transparency3.0
+ 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.

Community 38.1

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.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion10.5
Economic Impact16.3
Civic Engagement & Giving4.1
Supply Chain Management2.7

Environment 1.8

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.

Environmental Management0.0
Air & Climate0.0
Land & Life1.0

Customers 36.8

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.

Customer Stewardship2.6
+ Support for Underserved/Purpose Driven Enterprises20
+ Serving in Need Populations14.1

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.

Previous Overall B Impact Scores

2019 Overall B Impact Score92.1
2016 Overall B Impact Score102.2
2014 Overall B Impact Score86.6

Best for the World

Each year, B Lab releases lists honoring the top-performing Certified B Corporations overall as well as within each Impact Area.

Best For The World: Customers2019
Best For The World: Customers2018
Best For The World: Customers2017

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