Why a Strategic Consulting Firm Used Certification To Leave the World a Better Place

If you listen to the founder of Mighty Epiphyte, you hear a common thread in all her communication. That commonality? Leaving the world and her community a better place. As a firm believer in the Triple Bottom Line of People, Planet and Profit, Kim Allchurch Flick is a connector and collaborator who catalyzes good business.

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Why a Portland Management Consulting Firm Followed Its Heart in Becoming a Certified Oregon Benefit Company

It’s difficult to listen in on a business conversation these days without hearing the word metrics. Measuring what you do is a critical component to a business’s success and longevity. And that accountability is a key reason why co-founders Trever Cartwright and Michelle Janke pursued certification as an Oregon Benefit Company.

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Benefit Corporations: Diversity is more than Affirmative Action

Throughout the 20th century, most businesses appeared homogenized. But over the years, huge demographic changes occurred in our workforce. The people inside today's businesses resemble nothing like those employees just a few decades ago. 

The most obvious difference: You will find greater gender and ethnic diversity across most industries.And it is clearly apparent in the Benefit Corporations we have met. These businesses…

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MaryAnne Harmer
How Kayaking in the Sea of Cortez Turned a Vegan Shake Creator into an Oregon Benefit Company

Let’s say you create hand-crafted, certified vegan shake blends. They’re dairy-free, soy-free and gluten-free. Oh, yes, they also taste delicious according to the fans of said vegan shake blends. But then you also decide you want to mix in social and environmental impact.   

Well that’s what has happened with David Cascadden, founder of Left Coast Raw in Bend, Oregon.

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How a Benefit Corporation Captures a Millennial’s Heart

You would have had to be under a rock for the past five years to not have heard about the value of authenticity. I'm talking about authenticity as a brand and authenticity as a leader.

It’s something we hear everyday when we work with leaders of Benefit Corporations who exemplify this in their thinking and behaviors.

And why is authenticity so important?

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Why a Portland Law Firm Became a Certified Oregon Benefit Company

“I graduated law school in 2009. After graduating in the recession and facing a variety of hardships (and bar exams), I became a lawyer in 2017. Here I was finally a lawyer after years of doing other things: marketing and branding, real estate, nonprofit work, conflict resolution/mediation, restaurant work, law firm work, etc. (all legal activity I promise).

Since I was young, I’ve always been…

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How To Make Benefit Corporation Certification Better

As firm believers in the “there is no finish line” concept, we are constantly seeking improvement with our certification process. Day-by-day, week-by-week, month-by-month, we look for ways to make our Triple Bottom Line of People, Planet and Profit certification not only stronger but more meaningful to all stakeholders.

In an online Oregon Business magazine article posted last Friday

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Lesson in Leadership: Is Honesty the Best Policy?

Nike just announced it will eliminate 745 jobs at its Oregon headquarters.

And it got me thinking about honesty in business. (No, I have no issue with my favorite shoemaker.) More specifically, honesty in leadership.

For years, I spent time in the ad agency world. Layoffs were part and parcel of that business. Lose an account and lose some employees. Lose another account and lose more employees. And so it went with the bad times of every economic cycle.

Now if you were an employee…

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Tom Hering
Have Millennials Lost Faith in Business? (New Report)

The answer to that question should concern every business professional yet provide a bit of hope at the same time.

You see, the Millennial generation is now the largest in the U.S. workforce.

How large, you ask?

Well, as of 2017 – the most recent year for which U.S. Census data are available – 56 million Millennials (those ages 21 to 36 in 2017) were working or looking for work. And that number was significantly ahead of the 41 million Baby Boomers.

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Tom Hering
How To Find Inspiration in Business (When All Else Fails)

I’ve seen the future.

And it was in Wright’s Great Hall at the Menucha Retreat Center last Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.

I was invited to speak to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awakening about the benefit corporation movement. Which I did in front of 30-plus business minded folks under the age of 30.

I took them through the “why” and the “how” for this business structure…

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What Changing the World Looks Like Up Close and Personal

It is a paradigm like no other. Where cause-driven businesses collaborate with their communities to change the world. And if you doubt this premise, then you weren’t there. I’m talking about our very first workshop on the Benefit Company movement.

You see, just two weeks ago, my business partner and I talked with 16 curious entrepreneurs at Portland’s HatchLab PDX about the “why” for…

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Tom Hering