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A sustainable future is not possible without leadership and innovations from the private sector. This is why The Alliance Center’s Best for Colorado program serves as the hub for corporate social responsibility for businesses throughout the state. It allows companies to network with other mission-driven businesses and share their sustainability journey. Improve practices, connect with participating companies and receive free resources by becoming Best for Colorado today!

Network with mission-driven business leaders

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Connect with our community of business leaders at our monthly Best for Colorado online coffee chat with value-driven companies! Each virtual gathering focuses on a particular good business practice, and we bring in leaders to discuss how they incorporate it in their company. This is then followed by a Q&A and a networking opportunity! These events are free and open to the public. Join us!

How do you become a Best for Colorado business?

To become a Best for Colorado business, companies must join our Commit to Action campaign. In this campaign you sign up for a variety of commitments that help your business reduce its environmental impact and contribute to your community. Learn more about how you can commit to making a difference by becoming a Best for Colorado company today!

What are the benefits of becoming Best for Colorado?

  • Learn from Peers

    Learn best practices from other businesses through workshops, working sessions and social gatherings. Connect your business with local experts and trained MBA students who can help you implement these new practices.

  • Attract and Engage Employees

    More and more, employees are seeking to work for companies that align with their personal and professional values. As a Best for Colorado business, your employees will have the opportunity to pursue their personal passions on a professional level.

  • Gain recognition as a leader in your community

    By becoming a Best for Colorado business, you will drive competitive advantage. By becoming more transparent, your products and services will be perceived to be of higher level.

  • Be honored as a leader

    Throughout the year, we disseminate best practices through case studies, interviews and spotlights on actionable impact. Interested in being highlighted? Contact us at bestforcolorado@thealliancecenter.org.

    We will also recognize our leading companies at the Best for Colorado 2020 awards.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Best for Colorado campaign (participation in the Commit to Action Campaign and the social and environmental impact assessment we use, called the BIA) is free. Only additional support may require fees, such as some of our workshops.

The Commit to Action Campaign is a list of suggested actions that can apply to all businesses, regardless of your business size or sector. You can commit to implement as many changes that are right for your business at the time and grow your impact at your own pace.

Each of the suggested actions we’re developed by The Alliance Center experts with input from stakeholders and partner organizations leading business for good efforts. Both the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the B Impact Assessment were used as guidelines to frame the Best for Colorado commit to action campaign. Commitments include a range of industry approved actions catalyzing the transition towards a sustainable economy.

Anyone that is interested! There’s no minimum title or tenure to take a stand.

We recommend convening a team to review the commitments and decide what action(s) is right for your company. Appoint one team member as a lead; this individual is typically responsible for guiding strategy and staying on track. The team should assist with implementing changes and tracking results.  CEOs, CFOs, HR Managers, COOs, Associates, and Interns have all taken companies through the Challenge with success. Greater company buy-in from employees leads to greater success!

Do you think the list of commitments is too easy? Congratulations! We encourage you to take the full BIA assessment to identify more opportunities to improve.

Yes and no! Best for Colorado exists to support businesses in making positive changes to their employee, community and environmental practices. Our collaborative campaign builds a community of out of people using business as a force for good in Colorado. But to create excitement and recognize great companies, we do annually recognize the best scoring companies that have completed the full BIA and inspiring stories related to our commit to action campaign.

Certified B Corporations (B Corps) are businesses that are leading the way in using business as a force for good. B Corp is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk. Unlike traditional businesses, B Corps meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. To achieve B Corp Certification, a company must receive a verified score of 80 points or more on the B Impact Assessment. Today there is a growing community of more than 2,000 Certified B Corps from 50 countries and over 140 industries working together toward one unifying goal: to redefine success in business.

Best for Colorado encourages all businesses to begin measuring their impact, and thus does not have any minimum performance requirements; the program is also free to participate in. Certified B Corps meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency and  therefore go through a more in-depth process. B Corp requirements include meeting a minimum level of performance on the B Impact Assessment and making a legal commitment to consider shareholders in decision making. B Corps also receive additional benefits as a result, and there is a fee associated with the Certification. There are more than 2,500 Certified B Corps around the world – click here to learn more

Best for Colorado is brought to you by The Alliance Center, in partnership with B Lab, the nonprofit behind the B Corp movement. Best for Colorado is specifically designed to engage all businesses on the path to positive impact, regardless of whether B Corp Certification is a goal for their organization. By being Best for Colorado you can choose to utilize the same impact measurement tools (the B Impact Assessment) that Certified B Corps use, and thus participating in Best for Colorado can be a good on-ramp for any company interested in B Corp (as well as those that are not!).

Businesses who are already using the B Impact Assessment, including all Colorado B Corps are automatically eligible for Best for Colorado. Simply bestforcolorado@thealliancecenter.org to opt in, access resources and receive recognition.

Best for Colorado encourages all businesses to begin measuring their impact whether or not they decide to dive into the B Impact Assessment. Certified B Corps meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency and therefore go through a more in-depth process. B Corp requirements include meeting a minimum level of performance on the B Impact Assessment and making a legal commitment to consider shareholders in decision making. B Corps also receive additional benefits as a result, and there is a fee associated with the Certification. There are more than 2,500 Certified B Corps around the world – click here to learn more.

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