What is a Certified B-Corp™?
Certified B Corporations are leaders of a global movement using business as a force for good. They meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability and aspire to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. As of August 2016, there are nearly 1,800 Certified B Corporations in over 130 industries and 50 countries with 1 unifying goal – to redefine success in business.
Why is ACHS Committed to Being a Certified B-Corp™?
Certified B Corporations like ACHS meet higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability and operate with a clear mission to benefit the communities they serve. Since 1978, ACHS has been committed to sustainable practices for the environment and in our business practices. ACHS Founder and President Dorene Petersen started ACHS with a mission to make holistic health and wellness education accessible to our global community, giving everyone the opportunity to lead healthier and happier lives.
Our mission is to provide leadership in holistic health education through comprehensive professional online and on-campus education and high-quality, sustainably produced, natural products. Our dedicated staff and faculty and hard working students and graduates bring this mission to life.
“At ACHS, we’re a community of holistic health learners. Our motto is: Learn well. Live well. Educate others. We operate with a focus on people and the planet, not just the bottom line, and we’re thrilled to join a like-minded community of corporations that are devoted to transparency, accountability, and bettering our world for others,” Petersen says.
Becoming a Certified B-Corp™
Completing the process of becoming a Certified B-Corp was an awesome experience. We had the opportunity to do a deep dive on all of our institutional policies and procedures to find new ways to integrate our mission and culture of sustainability, transparency, and accountability. We also found a lot of opportunities to celebrate the achievements of our team, students, and graduates!
Here are just a few highlights that set ACHS apart and demonstrate our commitment to serving our communities and the planet. At ACHS, we:
- Have a Board of Directors and management staff committed to treating our social/environmental impact as a primary measure of success.
- Provide employees with retirement planning options that include socially-responsible investing options.
- Ensure fair wages are paid to suppliers in low-income, poor, or very poor markets.
- Invest and source from small-scale suppliers with values that align with our quality promise for natural products.
We also engage in a wide range of sustainability initiatives. Learn more about our green campus online here.