A living wage for all workers. A boardroom with the same mix of people as the factory floor. Business that works for everyone.
An inclusive economy is one that creates opportunity for all people of all backgrounds and experiences to live with dignity, to support themselves and their families, and to make a contribution to their communities. The Inclusive Economy Challenge is a call to action for the community of Certified B Corporations to improve our collective impact and move toward an inclusive economy. B Corps sign on to participate by committing to making at least three measurable improvements from the Inclusive Economy Metric Set developed out of the B Impact Assessment.
In the Challenge’s first 2 years, more than 250 companies participated, collectively achieving 887 measurable inclusion goals.
Sign up here to help build an inclusive economy in 2019.
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You’ll find helpful resources and Best Practice Guides to help your company achieve the goals set, including:
Companies participate in the 2019 Inclusive Economy Challenge (IEC) by signing up here. Participating companies choose three or more goals from the Inclusive Economy Metric Set to improve on by August 30, 2019, before the Champions Retreat in the fall. Improvements will be measured in the B Impact Assessment and through biannual surveys, one midway through the year and one at the end of the 2019 challenge period. The Inclusive Economy Metric Set offers concrete metrics on themes like supporting vulnerable workers, climate change mitigation, supplier screening, and corporate governance.
Sample Questions in the Inclusive Economy Metric Set
We’ll Support Your Progress
Each month, we’ll share relevant resources, including step-by-step workbooks to guide participants through the process, best practice guides assembled by B Lab, stories of fellow participants, and content from trusted topic experts. Examples from previous years:
Modeling Intergenerational Interdependence: Educator Takes Inclusive Values From Students to Employees — B Corp Participate Takes Strides Through Inclusive Economy Challenge. Read the story on B the Change.
Inclusive Leadership: Are You Ready to Share the Power? B Corp Sweet Livity Works on Transformational Change Through Inclusive Economy Challenge. Read the story on B the Change.
People Against Dirty and For Inclusion: How One Global Soap Company Is Improving Its Diversity — and Why That Matters. Read the story on B the Change.
After celebrating our participants at the 2018 Champions Retreat and sharing an updated Inclusive Economy Report on their progress, we'll begin sign-ups for the next year of the IEC!
2017 Inclusive Economy Challenge Impact Highlights
Last year, B Corps used B Lab’s Inclusive Economy Metric Set to identify goals for impact improvement on themes such as family-friendly practices, inclusive supply chain policies, equity in the workplace, shared ownership, and transparency. Download the full 2017 Inclusive Economy Report.
The [Inclusive Economy] Challenge encouraged us to look at the world in different ways. It expanded our awareness of diversity and inclusion issues and our empathy for others. I believe it also helped to strengthen our culture and commitment to our core values. It was a great experience. Thank you B Lab for encouraging the community to come together in this way!”
– Travis Borden, Keene Advisors, Inc.
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