Waterleaf Architecture

Certified B Corporation

Oregon, United States

Certified Since

March 2016


Architecture design & planning


Service with Minor Environmental Footprint

Operates In

United States

Waterleaf is composed of talented, hands-on architects and designers dedicated to creating smart, sustainable buildings and interiors that reflect our communities. For over 60 years, Waterleaf has cultivated enduring relationships with their clients throughout the Pacific Northwest, working jointly to create innovative, elegant design solutions. The firm has garnered respect from a myriad of clients ranging from public officials to commercial developers for responsive, timely client service, cost-effective performance, ingenuity and environmental awareness on both new construction and renovation projects. Their mid-sized architectural, interiors and planning firm of 25 employees is located in the heart of downtown Portland and has been providing architecture services in the urban area for over sixty years.

Overall B Impact Score

Based on the B Impact assessment, Waterleaf Architecture earned an overall score of 88.6. The median score for ordinary businesses who complete the assessment is currently 50.9.
88.6 Overall B Impact Score
80 Qualifies for B Corp Certification
50.9 Median Score for Ordinary Businesses

Governance 12.6

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.

Mission & Engagement0.7
Ethics & Transparency4.4
+ 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 33.3

Workers evaluates a company’s contributions to its employees’ financial security, health & safety, wellness, career development, and engagement & 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.

Financial Security11.5
Health, Wellness, & Safety9.0
Career Development5.8
Engagement & Satisfaction6.1

Community 21.2

Community evaluates a company’s engagement with and impact on the communities in which it operates, hires from, and sources from. Topics include diversity, equity & 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, & Inclusion5.7
Economic Impact5.0
Civic Engagement & Giving6.9
Supply Chain Management1.0

Environment 18.0

Environment 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 Management4.7
Air & Climate1.4
Land & Life3.0
+ Training & Collaboration2
+ Community5.6
+ Certification0.4
+ Materials & Codes0.2

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 3.3

Customers 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 & media products, serving underserved customers/clients, and services that improve the social impact of other businesses or organizations.

Customer Stewardship3.3

Previous Overall B Impact Scores

2022 Overall B Impact Score88.6
2018 Overall B Impact Score87.4
2016 Overall B Impact Score80.4

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