Communally recognizes that a vital component to ending poverty is building vibrant communities. For this reason, we choose to be a leader in the sustainable business community of the Philadelphia region. We hold a broad view of what it means to be a sustainable business that encompasses the economic needs of low-income urban and rural communities, the equitable capital requirements of social impact companies, the recognition that workers must balance effort with replenishment to avoid burn out, as well as environmental stewardship.
Communally chose to become a private-sector company because of the flexibility, discipline, and speed of response it offers. To demonstrate to our current and potential partners our commitment to the communities that we serve and to make clear that our priority lies with our triple bottom line of people, places, and profits, we pursued becoming a B Corp. We were certified by B Lab in 2012. B Corp certification is an excellent fit with our values and allows us as a company to bring a unique combination of skills, attitudes, and experiences to the fight to defeat poverty.
On January 21, 2013, as Pennsylvania became the 12th state to recognize Public Benefit Corporations, we became one of the first companies to register in a formal launch ceremony with the Secretary of State of the Commonwealth. To maintain this registration, we are required to provide independent verification that Communally meets rigorous standards of social, cultural and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. B Lab's regular recertification provides this verification.
Communally is a multi-year B Lab "Best for the World" company by scoring in the top 10 percent of all B Corps worldwide on the B Impact Assessment. The company has been recognized as Best for the World Overall and in the categories of Customers, Governance and Long Term.
Communally has also been recognized for its corporate wellness initiatives as an American Heart Association's Fit Friendly Worksite, a League of American Bicyclists Bike Friendly Worksite and deemed one of Philadelphia Business Journal's Healthiest Employers.
As a company that has a conscious corporate culture, we embrace the concept of inclusion and diversity within our internal company culture and our relationships with business and community partners.
A Philadelphia institution for the past quarter of a century, Communally is actively engaged with other sustainably driven organizations within the community, including the Sustainable Business Network, the Social Venture Network, the Independent Business Alliance, and the America's Promise Alliance.
Communally also is taking part in supporting and promoting the "Best for PHL" challenge, which encourages and recognizes companies in the Philadelphia region that commit themselves to creating positive community impact.
Our internal business culture promotes contributing to the community. We give staff an opportunity to contribute to nonprofit organizations through payroll deductions. We also encourage volunteerism through providing flexibility of scheduling for staff and organizing volunteer opportunities during work hours.