Certified B Corporations (B Corps) are for-profit companies that use the power of business to build a more inclusive and sustainable economy. We meet the highest verified standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. Here’s what that means for Mightybytes.
As of early 2019, there are nearly 2,800 B Corps in 150 industries and 64 countries around the world. In July 2011, Mightybytes became the ninth Certified B Corporation in Illinois. A year and a half later, in January 2013, we also became one our state’s first Benefit Corporations, a new legal structure that enables us to pursue a benefit to society alongside our need to pursue profit.
Mightybytes uses B Lab’s B Impact Assessment as our blueprint for building a better business, measuring what matters, and benchmarking company performance. As proud members of the global B Corp community, we use business as a force for good in the world every day.
Embracing Our Interdependence
We believe that businesses should act as model corporate citizens, serve as leaders in their communities, and operate transparently as if all stakeholders—not just shareholders—matter. Workers should be given a fair living wage and a work environment that supports inclusion and diversity. Sustainability and corporate responsibility should be built into an organization’s DNA.
We also understand that as a small, profit-driven, service-based business, a natural tension sometimes exists between profit and purpose. Balancing the two is ongoing and sometimes challenging. We embrace this conflict and strive to make the best decisions possible with what our resources allow.
Our Triple Bottom Line
A common attribute of all Certified B Corporations is committing to a triple bottom line. Here is a little bit about what that means to us:
- People: We seek to have a positive social impact in the lives of our team members, our community, and people around the world.
- Planet: Sustainability is woven into every aspect of our business, from our green office to our company policies, and by being leaders in the field of sustainable web design.
- Prosperity: We are a for-profit business. By being prosperous, we are able to accomplish our goals for People and Planet.
LGBTQ+ Owned and Operated
Mightybytes is proudly an LGBTQ+ owned and operated business. We’ve built an inclusive work environment where all company stakeholders feel their voice can be heard and employees can bring their whole selves to work. This dovetails perfectly with B Corp values.
We also strive to create a more diverse workforce. People from under-represented communities and diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply to the open positions on our Careers page.
Our B Corp Community
In Chicago, we have a close-knit and thriving community of Certified B Corps. We collaborate with B Corps in other sectors to create change, align purpose with profit, and solve social and environmental problems in our region. Mightybytes is one of several Certified B Corps located on what we affectionately refer to as “B Corp Row.”
Chicago has a higher concentration of digital agency B Corps than most markets, so we tap into that resource to raise awareness around topics we care about. By engaging with a network of like-minded, socially-conscious entrepreneurs in our neighborhood we are able to amplify our outreach and education efforts.
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Our Advisory Committee
We hand-picked an amazing group of talented business leaders who are well-versed in B Corp values and know how to run a triple bottom line business. With their guidance, Mightybytes stays on course to achieve our mission. Our advisory committee includes:
- Adrian Gershom, V.P. of Marketing and Strategy at cchange, inc and seasoned digital agency veteran.
- Dillon Gilhooley, experienced business leadership professional and V.P. of Technology at LawRevu, Inc.
- Jill Pollack, Founder and Chief Story Wrangler at StoryStudio Chicago, a fellow B Corp and Illinois benefit corporation.
- Diana Smith, V.P. of Sales at Silent IT, LLC, seasoned sales leader, and President of the Illinois Search and Staffing Association.
- JD Capuano, Sustainability Advisor, Management Consultant, and former B Corp owner.
What’s the Difference Between a Certified B Corporation and a Benefit Corporation?
Great question! A Certified B Corporation has gone through a rigorous third-party assessment that measures a company’s performance in several categories including Workers, Community, Customers, Environment, and Governance, which encompasses accountability and transparency.
By becoming a legal Benefit Corporation, a company must change its corporate structure and follow the provisions of Benefit Corporation legislation. This legislation can vary from state to state but the core principle is that a company must provide social benefit alongside its mission to be profitable.
Annual Benefit Report
A legal requirement of operating as an Illinois Public Benefit Corporation, the Annual Benefit Report details our triple bottom line commitment. To learn more about how Mightybytes supports people, planet, and prosperity, view our report at the link below.
Agencies of Change
Finally, while this page outlines some of our B Corp efforts, for more details our approach to running a purpose-driven business, please read our Agencies of Change series on B the Change.