Solar States

Certified B Corporation
Headquarters

Pennsylvania, United States

Certified Since

August 2013

Sector

Service with Significant Environmental Footprint

Operates In

United States

Solar States was founded in 2008 by Micah Gold-Markel. After running a successful software business for 13 years Micah was looking for a new challenge. After attending a speech by Green For All advocate Van Jones, a light went on in MicahÕs head: connect sustainable energy, education, and economic development using solar energy as the basis to tie it all together. Soon after its founding, Solar States installed one of the largest rooftop solar arrays in the city of Philadelphia at that time. Solar States is taking the opportunity to affect positive environmental and economic change by making a commitment to solar energy project implementation and education. In addition to developing solar projects on schools, homes, and commercial buildings, Solar States is working on connecting Philadelphia students with the green-collar economy through training and jobs. As owners of a Philadelphia-based business, weÕre committed to investing in the regionÕs future and local economy.

Overall B Impact Score

Based on the B Impact assessment, Solar States earned an overall score of 121.0. The median score for ordinary businesses who complete the assessment is currently 50.9.
121
121 Overall B Impact Score
80 Qualifies for B Corp Certification
50.9 Median Score for Ordinary Businesses

Governance 10.3

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 & Engagement0.3
Corporate Accountability0.0
Ethics1.1
Transparency1.4
+ 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 15.6

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.

Compensation & Wages8.5
Benefits0.9
Training & Education1.0
Worker Ownership2.2
Management & Worker Communication0.4
Job Flexibility/Corporate Culture1.2
Occupational Health & Safety0.4

Community 60.6

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.

Job Creation4.0
Diversity & Inclusion2.2
Civic Engagement & Giving5.0
Local Involvement5.6
Suppliers, Distributors & Product1.0
+ Local Economic Development16
+ Workforce Development26.7

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.


Environment 34.5

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.

Land, Office, Plant3.6
Inputs4.2
Outputs0.8
Transportation, Distribution & Suppliers1.4
+ Environment Products & Services Introduction0
+ Renewable or Cleaner-burning Energy24.5

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.


Customers 0.0

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.



Previous Overall B Impact Scores

2018 Overall B Impact Score121
2016 Overall B Impact Score85.8
2013 Overall B Impact Score89.9

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: Community2019
Best For The World: Overall2019
Best For The World: Changemakers2018
Best For The World: Community2018
Best For The World: Overall2018
Best For The World: Environment2015
Best For The World: Environment2014

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