Rhode Island, United States
Architecture design & planning
Service with Minor Environmental Footprint
Signal Works is a mission-driven Providence-based architecture firm based. Their work on Broken Buildings into Purposeful Places through their specializations in Innovative Schools, Urban Rehabilitations and Values-Aligned Work Environments. Their efforts have been recognized by Grow Smart Rhode Island, Providence Business News and others with distinctions ranging from Historic Preservation to Restaurant Interiors. Many are already familiar with the work for AAA Northeast, the Providence G and Trinity Academy of Performing Arts. Signal Works apply their values of “People-Focused, Place-Based and Purpose Driven” to design projects, operate and care for their team. Signal Works became the first certified B-Corp Architect in Southern New England to measure their social impact. They put our best ideas into practice in their own space, converting an 1850s gasometer in Olneyville—the Atlantic Design Works-- into a breathtaking office, and a business hub for early stage creative food entrepreneurs. Their in-house “Care Team” is creating a culture they can be proud of, and are part of a select group of companies that have achieved B Corp certification, which independently measures their social and environmental impact.
Overall B Impact Score
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.
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.
The Workers Impact Area evaluates a company's contributions to its employees' financial security, health and safety, wellness, career development, as well as overall engagement and 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.
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.
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.
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.