Thread International PBC INC

Certified B Corporation
Headquarters

Pennsylvania, United States

Certified Since

November 2013

Industry

Textiles

Sector

Wholesale/Retail

Operates In

Haiti,

Honduras,

Hong Kong S.A.R.,

Taiwan,

United States

Thread takes trash from the streets of the developing world and converts it into dignified jobs and fabric, which they then sell to companies trying to improve their social and environmental impact. It was born out of a journal entry in 2010 after the Haiti earthquake, "If Haiti can turn trash into money = good." From the moment a plastic bottle is collected in a poor neighborhood until their partner's finished product lands in their customers' hands, they measure its impact and share the story of the people whose lives have been transformed by it -- from Ground to Good TM. In addition to public relations and marketing tools, they've created an online platform that integrates seamlessly with their partner's own online presence to help them share their improved impact with their customers and, in turn, help their customers share that story with their friends. Because of this transparent, sustainable, and shareable supply chain, ÒPowered by ThreadÓ fabrics not only make apparel or accessories more responsible, they make them more valuable to the end consumer.

Overall B Impact Score

Based on the B Impact assessment, Thread International PBC INC earned an overall score of 92.5. The median score for ordinary businesses who complete the assessment is currently 50.9.
92.5
92.5 Overall B Impact Score
80 Qualifies for B Corp Certification
50.9 Median Score for Ordinary Businesses

Governance 18.4

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 & Engagement3.0
Corporate Accountability0.6
Ethics1.5
Transparency3.3
+ 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 20.1

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 & Wages6.0
Benefits6.2
Training & Education1.0
Worker Ownership2.6
Management & Worker Communication1.9
Job Flexibility/Corporate Culture1.4
Occupational Health & Safety0.4

Community 23.3

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 Creation2.7
Diversity & Inclusion2.4
Civic Engagement & Giving4.0
Local Involvement4.8
Suppliers, Distributors & Product7.4
+ Supply Chain Poverty Alleviation2

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 30.7

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, Plant3.3
Inputs3.9
Outputs2.3
Transportation, Distribution & Suppliers4.6
+ Environment Products & Services Introduction0
+ Resource Conservation16.7

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.


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 Score92.5
2015 Overall B Impact Score114
2013 Overall B Impact Score98.5

Best for the World

Every year, B Lab recognizes the B Corps that have achieved the highest verified scores in the five impact areas evaluated on the B Impact Assessment.

Best For The World: Governance2018
Best For The World: Changemakers2017
Best For The World: Governance2017

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