Certification demonstrates the commitment of the award-winning, veterans-focused agency to social and economic performance, transparency and accountability
Fredericksburg, Va. – ScoutComms announced today that B Lab, the B Corporation certification body, has recognized the company as a B Corporation™. By becoming a certified B Corporation, ScoutComms is publicly committing to using the power of its business to solve the social problems facing veterans and military families. “The decision for us to become a certified B Corp was not a difficult one in spite of the rigor and hard work associated with achieving it,” said Fred Wellman, CEO and Founder of ScoutComms. “We have always been a company with a clear purpose and mission to help veterans and military families. This certification is as much an affirmation of our work as it is an accomplishment of its own merit.” ScoutComms, which was already organized as a Virginia Benefit Corporation prior to B Lab certification, is the nation’s premier communications, advocacy and philanthropic strategy firm focused entirely on supporting veterans, military families and the organizations that empower them. The firm works with top non-profits, Fortune 500 companies, innovative veteran-focused small businesses, foundations and government agencies. Clients have included The Home Depot Foundation, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, GE, the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, Prudential, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, the Semper Fi Fund, Wounded Warrior Project, VetAdvisor and more. ScoutComms also regularly works with pro bono clients, including the Warrior-Scholar Project and No One Left Behind. ScoutComms performs its B Corp mission through a singular business focus on veterans and military family related client work, pro bono client efforts, employee volunteer time, charitable giving and strict adherence to B Corp standards of ethics and transparency. ScoutComms is one of the first B Corps to focus on veterans and military family issues in the world and is the first certified B Corp in Fredericksburg, Virginia. ScoutComms’ B Corp profile can be viewed here: http://www.bcorporation.net/community/scoutcomms-inc. What is a B Corporation? In order to be recognized as a Certified B Corporation, ScoutComms had to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance as well as dedication to greater transparency, ethics and employee care in its business practices. As of May 2015, there were 1,300 Certified B Corporations from 41 countries and more than 121 industries, representing a diverse multi-billion dollar global marketplace. Unlike traditional corporations, Certified B Corporations are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their employees, suppliers, community, consumers, and environment. To achieve certification, ScoutComms participated in an in depth assessment process established by B Lab, the B Corporation certification body. The assessment included extensive disclosure of information relating to ScoutComms operations, business practices, hiring and promotion procedures, environmental management practices, and governance. ScoutComms Account Executive Margaret Clevenger, who is a military child herself, successfully led the months long assessment process for the firm. About ScoutComms ScoutComms, Inc., a Virginia Benefit Corporation and certified B Corp, is the nation’s premier communications, advocacy and philanthropic strategy firm focused entirely on supporting veterans, military families and the organizations that work with them. At ScoutComms our mission is to empower veterans and military families through communications grounded initiatives and collaborative partnerships that lead to greater awareness of veterans’ needs and expands their access to resources promoting their economic, physical, and mental well-being. To learn more about what we can do for your organization visit our website at www.ScoutCommsUSA.com. About B Corp Certified B Corporations 1) meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance; 2) legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests; and 3) build collective voice through the power of the unifying B Corporation brand. As of May 2015, there were over 1300 Certified B Corporations from over 121 industries, representing a diverse multi-billion dollar marketplace. About B Lab B Lab is a nonprofit organization dedicated to using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Lab drives systemic change through three interrelated initiatives: 1) building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between “good companies” and just good marketing; 2) accelerating the growth of the impact investing asset class through use of B Lab’s GIIRS impact rating system by institutional investors; and 3) promoting supportive public policies, including creation of a new corporate form and tax, procurement, and investment incentives for sustainable business.