Being a Tech-Focused B Corp:
As a web dev company in the open source space, saying you "do good" is easy. (It's generally true.) But actually working to redefine the way that a tech business works is a much tougher challenge. B Corporations have emerged as a new breed of companies that define their bottom lines not just by profit, but also by their social and environmental impact. Becoming a B Corporation requires a rigorous certification process that examines how a company functions, what kind of impact it has on the world, and how it distributes the value it creates. It's not just marketing-speak, it's about a fundamental difference in how an organization thinks, acts, and operates.
Message Agency is a recent "Best for the World" (2014 & 2015) designee by B Labs, the nonprofit that certifies B Corporations. Its principal will discuss what being a social enterprise in open source means for his company, how they got here, and how they've grown despite a commitment to putting their nonprofit and university clients above a narrow focus on profit.