Fast-growing veteran-focused communications and consulting firm increases overall B Impact Score
FREDERICKSBURG, VA – ScoutComms announced today that B Lab, the B Corporation certification body, has recognized the company for its second two-year period as a certified B Corporation™. As a certified B Corp, ScoutComms has publicly committed to use the power of business to address the social challenges facing veterans and military families.
Not only did ScoutComms once again successfully complete the rigorous recertification process, it also increased its overall B Impact Score to 125 out, up from an already impressive 116 when it was named 2016 Best for the World B Corporation Honoree. To remain certified, a company needs a score of at least 80. ScoutComms’ updated B Corporation profile is now available online.
ScoutComms is a communications and consulting firm with unmatched knowledge and experience in the nation’s veteran and military communities. The firm supports a diverse array of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations that employ, empower and serve veterans, service members and their families.
The company was founded in 2010 by Army veteran Fred Wellman with the mission to empower veterans and military families through impactful initiatives and collaborative partnerships that lead to great awareness of veterans’ needs. ScoutComms’ efforts have led to the expansion of veterans’ access to resources that promote their economic, physical and mental well-being.
ScoutComms was the first certified B Corporation in the Fredericksburg area, and third in the world focused on veterans.
In addition to serving a wide range of paying clients, ScoutComms supports a number of small, deserving non-profits through a range of pro bono services that range from simple mentorship to comprehensive project support. ScoutComms believes that giving back to the community is a key to success and to making a difference. Each year, the company donates thousands of dollars in profits to non-profit and charitable causes and encourages all employees to pursue volunteer work during and outside of work hours.
“We are incredibly proud to be part of the growing B Corp movement and being recertified at an even higher score demonstrates how much our entire firm has embraced this way of doing business,” said ScoutComms CEO Fred Wellman, a West Point graduate and 22-year Army veteran. “We believe that being a business with a mission is why we have seen such incredible growth and part of why we are growing at a breakneck pace. Clients are coming to us because they know that we are here to make a difference and not just make a buck.”
ScoutComms was also recognized by B Labs for its impressive supplier relations, diversity and involvement in the local community, as well as for the growing number of benefits and incentives it offers employees, including generous health care plans and professional development training.
The firm’s work has resulted in a host of awards and recognitions, including being recently ranked as the nation’s sixth-fastest-growing PR firm by O’Dwyer’s PR News.
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 July 2017, there were 2,204 Certified B Corporations from 50+ countries and more than 130 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 Danielle Doss, who is a military child herself, successfully led the months-long recertification process for the company.
ScoutComms is a communications and consulting firm with unmatched knowledge and experience in the nation’s veteran and military communities. We support a diverse array of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations that employ, empower and serve veterans, service members and their families. We offer a wide range of qualitative and quantitative services, including public relations, advocacy, market research and strategy development. Based in the Washington, D.C. area, we are an award-winning Certified B Corporation and one of the first registered Benefit Corporations (B-Corps) focused on veterans and military families. Benefit Corporations are for-profit entities that want to simultaneously answer to two bottom lines: profit and societal impact. Visit us online at www.ScoutCommsUSA.com. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.