S.W. Basics

Certified B Corporation

Colorado, United States

Certified Since

June 2013



Operates In

United States

S.W. Basics has a guiding principle: ÒSimplicity is the essence of awesome.Ó That doesn't just mean they leave crazy synthetic chemicals out of their truly all-natural, sustainable skincare products; it also means they forego trendy, exotic botanicals and luxury fillers. Instead, they use the fewest possible ingredients while still creating powerfully effective skincare. S.W. Basics products are made simpler for a reason: fewer ingredients means a smaller overall environmental impact, higher potency, and less chance for irritation, which is why they're so awesome even on super-sensitive skin.

Overall B Impact Score

Based on the B Impact assessment, S.W. Basics earned an overall score of 80.9. The median score for ordinary businesses who complete the assessment is currently 50.9.
80.9 Overall B Impact Score
80 Qualifies for B Corp Certification
50.9 Median Score for Ordinary Businesses

Governance 15.1

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 & Engagement0.4
Corporate Accountability1.4
+ 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 19.0

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 & Wages5.4
Training & Education0.2
Worker Ownership2.5
Management & Worker Communication4.4

Community 21.9

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 Creation0.0
Diversity & Inclusion3.9
Civic Engagement & Giving6.5
Local Involvement2.2
Suppliers, Distributors & Product9.1

Environment 24.7

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, Plant1.9
Transportation, Distribution & Suppliers0.0
+ Toxin Reduction / Remediation14.1

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 Score80.9
2016 Overall B Impact Score92.6
2013 Overall B Impact Score81.7

Additional Documentation

S.W. Basics Disclosure Report 2019

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: Changemakers2018
Best For The World: Changemakers2017

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