B-Corp Certification

ACHS is a Certified B Corporation and a registered benefit company in the State of Oregon.

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 in our annual Impact Reports.

ACHS was re-certified as a B Corp in February 2024, following a rigorous review and verification process. We’re proud to be among the few higher education institutions that meet B Lab’s high standards of social and environmental impact. Learn more about our recertification.

ACHS Annual Impact Reports

ACHS publishes an annual impact report each year highlighting the institution’s public benefit initiatives, including achievements in environmental and community impact.

Click here to view the 2023 ACHS Impact Report.

Click here to view the 2022 ACHS Impact Report.

Click here to view the 2021 ACHS Impact Report.

Click here to view the 2020 ACHS Impact Report.

Click here to view the 2019 ACHS Impact Report.

Click here to view the 2018 ACHS Impact Report.

ACHS recognized as 2021 Best for the World B-Corp

Every year, B Lab recognizes the top-performing B Corps creating the greatest impact through their businesses. These B Corps are named Best for the World™ as their verified scores in the five impact areas evaluated on the B Impact Assessment (BIA)—community, customers, environment, governance, and workers—are amongst the global top 5% in their corresponding size group. ACHS was chosen in the Governance category. We are proud to be a B-Corp.

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 Founding 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 lead the advancement of evidence-based, integrative health and wellness education through experiential online learning and sustainable practices. Our dedicated staff and faculty and passionate students and graduates bring this mission to life.

“At ACHS, we’re a community of holistic health learners. We operate with a focus on people, the planet, and our purpose, not just the bottom line. We’re proud to be part of a n a global community of organizations that are devoted to transparency, accountability, and bettering our world for others,” Petersen says.