Ogden Publications, Inc.

Mother Earth News, Utne Reader, Natural Home & Garden, GRIT, Capper's, etc.

Topeka, Kansas

United States


About Ogden Publications

Ogden Publications, Inc., based in Topeka, Kan., is the leading information resource serving the sustainable living, rural lifestyle, farm memorabilia and classic motorcycle communities. Their brands include industry authorities Mother Earth News, Mother Earth Living, Utne Reader, Great Green Careers, Capper’s, Grit, CommunityChickens.com, Farm Collector, Gas Engine Magazine, Motorcycle Classics and Good Things to Eat.

The most popular and longest running sustainable-lifestyle magazine, Mother Earth News provides wide-ranging, expert editorial coverage of organic foods, country living, green transportation, renewable energy, natural health and green building. Lively, insightful and on the cutting edge, Mother Earth News is the definitive read for the growing number of Americans who choose wisely and live well.

We Became a B Corp because we don’t just print magazines about sustainability, we live it!

The Change We Seek®

As the leading publisher of information on sustainable living, Ogden takes its commitment to the environment seriously. Everyone in the company has the opportunity to suggest green projects and improvements. In addition, the company's "Green Team" makes recommendations to management for energy-efficient equipment and supplies, office-wide recycling projects, and larger-scale initiatives such as energy audits and alternative energy usage.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

May 2010

Company Score

Median Score*



The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.



The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.



The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).



The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.



The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

Overall B Score

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Company Highlights: 


Environment: Top 10% of industry in bi-annual increase of recycled/sustainable inputs in product; >50% office supplies from recycled materials; >75% print materials use recycled paper; >5% renewable energy; >50% carbon inventory offset

Community: >40% women/minority management; Staff organized service days; >50% employees participate in service days; >5% profits given to charity; Offers employees 20+ hrs/yr time off to volunteer

Employees: 100% paid a living wage; >50% employee and family health insurance premiums covered; >75% internal promotion; Reimbursement for continuing education

Accountability: Publishes a transparent report detailing mission-related impact; >75% managers are evaluated based on social/environmental performance



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