We are beyond excited to announce that Grain, our tiny studio in the woods, has joined the community of 4,000+ visionary businesses across 75+ countries to legally commit to balancing purpose and profit as a certified Benefit Corporation. This community of B Corps is driving the global movement of business as a force of good and we are deeply humbled to have our efforts working towards this common goal.
We cannot overstate how much this commitment means to us. When we founded our studio in 2008 in our island home and garage shop, we weren’t 100% sure what we would be making, but we knew that it needed to center around social and environmental responsibility.
We learned about B Corp’s through Patagonia - a business that we’ve always looked up to for its vision and commitment to sustainability. We read everything we could and used the B Corp assessment as a kind of road map to help us think about our business in the most holistic way we had ever imagined. We realized early on that we were doing many things that added up in certain areas - such as environmental impact - but had so many things to learn when it came to our governance and how we supported our employees. Many things had to be Googled.