Ecosia GmbH

Web search service

Berlin, Germany

Germany

www.ecosia.org

About Ecosia

Ecosia lets users plant trees by searching the web. In donating 80 percent of its surplus ad revenue, the search engine has raised almost $3 million for reforestation projects since its founding in December 2009. Ecosia's mission to cultivate a world where the environment doesn’t need protecting has it working to plant one billion new trees by the year 2020.

By supporting high-impact reforestation efforts – as well as neutralising all CO2 emissions related to its search – Ecosia aims to achieve the highest positive environmental impact per dollar possible. By publishing its monthly donation receipts online, Ecosia aims to live up to its users’ demands for transparency. And by working to improve its charitable web service day after day, Ecosia aims to show the world that small changes can make a big difference.

When Ecosia was founded, we promised to put positive environmental impact before profits – and now there is a movement to match our philosophy. We wanted Ecosia to become a Certified B Corp in order to check our values against our practices, and to join a wider community of smart, accountable businesses who know that social, environmental and economic sustainability is the only true way forward.

The Change We Seek®

Like other B Corps, Ecosia believes you have to be the change you seek. That’s why – aside from donating 80% of its surplus income to a reforestation project – the company completely neutralises all CO2 emissions related to its searches, right down to users’ computers and mobile devices. Ecosia’s offices even run on renewable energy.

In its mission to plant one billion trees by 2020, Ecosia is working with experts and communities to reforest areas of the world that need it most. Sustainable, high-impact planting strategies mean improvements to the environment, local economies and social stability.

In the end, Ecosia lives from its commitment to people, planet and profits. By turning a collection of small, everyday actions into something greater, Ecosia builds on the hope that we might one day live in a world that doesn’t need protecting. This is the change they seek.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

April 2014
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Environment

Environment

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.

9
7
Workers

Workers

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.

25
18
Customers

Customers

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).

N/A
N/A
Community

Community

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.

50
17
Governance

Governance

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.

15
6
Overall B Score
98
55

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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