Natural Systems Utilities

Natural Resource Management

Hillsborough, New Jersey

United States

naturalsystemsutilities.com

About Natural Systems Utilities

NSU consistently develops a better way to create value where others see waste. NSU is an emerging national leader in water reclamation and reuse innovation. They currently operate 210 systems across 10 states, including the largest base of reuse and natural treatment systems in the United States. The approach offers clients fully integrated and cost effective solutions that incorporate award-winning innovations in system design. In their focus markets, NSU has built the unique capability to structure a full range of design, build, operations and ownership project solutions. Their reputation is built on best in class execution capability, and on long term, shared-value partnerships with the people and communities they serve.

Creating social and environmental value is inherent in NSU’s business model and corporate culture, so becoming a B Corp was both natural and important for us. Having corporate practices and services validated by an external third party assures our stakeholders that we “walk the talk.” In addition, the assessment process itself stimulates employee engagement and innovation, driving continual learning and improvement.

The Change We Seek®

Natural Systems Utilities, LLC aims to achieve environmental, social, and financial impact and to create value for all its stakeholders—investors, employees, clients, and communities. The development of a framework for defining, measuring, and communicating progress helps NSU continue to move toward the following goals:

  • Environmental: Implement systems that achieve the least net water and energy consumption, that restore and regenerate natural ecologies (soil, water, habitat) and processes.
  • Social: Contribute to healthy, vibrant communities; foster a workplace culture of innovation, inclusiveness, and service.
  • Financial: Achieve growth and profitability to reward all stakeholders fairly while fulfilling our role as long-term steward of natural resources and community partner.
What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

November 2010
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.

40
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.

17
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.

19
6
Overall B Score
101
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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Company Highlights: 

Employees: Living wage paid to all employees; >80% of employee health insurance costs covered; Partially funded Retirement Plan; >75% of senior positions filled with internal candidates last year; >15% of employees reimbursed for continuing education

Environment: Environmental audit conducted in last three years and shared with broader community; LEED Certified buildings; Harvests rainwater; >50% of office materials from recycled/sustainable materials

Community: Offers employees paid time off to volunteer; >25% of employees took time off last year for community service; >40% of suppliers are local and independent

Governance: Publishes transparent report that details the mission-related impact; Shares financial information with all employees; Board of Directors includes independent members and meets at least twice annually

2014 Best for the World Environment