April 14, 2015: Santa Barbara, CA: Channel Islands Outfitters, a local paddle sports rental center and outdoor adventure company, has been named to the ‘B Corp Best for the Community’ list amongst businesses from 38 other countries. This honor, awarded by B Lab, recognizes businesses with a positive overall community impact and is granted to the top 10% of Certified B Corporations. Honorees are businesses recognized for creating positive impacts for their workers, communities, and the environment. Categories of honorees were recognized for micro, small, and mid-sized businesses around the globe.
Channel Islands Outfitters (CIO) is a local service based company that operates guided kayaking and snorkeling adventures at the Channel Islands National Park and offers paddle sports rentals at the Paddle Sports Centers in the Santa Barbara Harbor and at Goleta Beach. CIO became a B Corp in 2013 and was awarded “Best for the World, Overall” honors in 2014. In its continued efforts to give back to the community, CIO not only encourages all full-time employees to volunteer time to local non-profits, but also pays each of its employees for 20 hours of this volunteer time annually. Additionally, CIO donates 1% of gross sales to local organizations that educate, preserve, and protect the ocean and natural places.
“Giving back to the community is a value that my parents instilled in me at an early age. Now I get to promote this value with my employees. I hope that they, too, appreciate the significance and impact they can make in their community,” says CIO Co-Founder and CEO Garrett Kababik.
Each company recognized for its socially conscious achievement is a Certified B Corporation, a certification that identifies companies using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. To become a Certified B Corporation, companies must meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Today there are over 1,200 Certified B Corporations, across 121 industries and 38 countries.
“Today’s honorees inspire all companies to compete not only to be best in the world, but best for the world. We hope many will take the first step by using the B Impact Assessment to measure and manage their impact with as much rigor as their profit,” said Jay Coen Gilbert, Co-Founder of B Lab.
Additional 2015 Best For Community Honorees include a telecommunications company in Afghanistan, a social housing production company in Mexico, and business throughout the United States.
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Channel Islands Outfitters’ mission is to save the oceans and natural places by fostering an understanding of them through education, adventures and outdoor experiences.
B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good by xxx public policy, networking, socially conscious business education, capital investing through B lab branded platforms. Its vision is that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world and society will enjoy prosperity for all for the long term. For more information, visit www.bcorporation.net.