Business for good
Business for good
As we kick off B Corp Month, our team is reflecting back on our company’s impact as a business with a triple bottom line (people + planet + profit).
When we became a Certified B Corp in 2009, we signed a pledge to conduct all business as if people and place mattered, aspiring to benefit all by recognizing that we are all interdependent and thus responsible for each other and future generations. At the core of this pledge, we also commit to being (and leading) the change we wish to see in the world.
Grounding ourselves in the B Corp pledge and our company’s mission of improving the way people make and use energy (human energy included), Environmental Justice is naturally an area that aligns closely with what we’ve been working toward since 2001 .
Here is Southern Energy Management’s definition:
Ensuring ALL PEOPLE have fair access to a healthy environment to live, work, and shine by addressing policies and actions that disproportionately affect vulnerable communities.
Southern Energy Management is committed to using our business as a force for good and advocating for Environmental Justice through four key initiatives:
Benchmarking, analyzing, and augmenting areas where we are selecting candidates and posting jobs to make it more diverse and inclusive.
We analyzed where our job postings were listed to diversify where we are selecting candidates from.
We kicked off several community-based partnerships in 2021 with the goal of amplifying the work of local organizations around Environmental Justice:
Stay tuned with our new community partnership blog series!
In 2021, we partnered with Lashauna Austria from Seeds of Change Consulting to provide Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) training to all of our team members! We will continue growing with Lashauna in 2022, as she facilitates new opportunities for our team members to learn and converse around JEDI topics.
Our HERO Code Project Manager, Jamie Stapleton, found an obscure clause in the Energy Conservation and Residential Building Codes that was unjustly penalizing townhome HERO eligibility. Working with several industry partners, Jamie identified the correct language changes, filed for an amendment to the code(s), and presented her case to the North Carolina Code Council. The council ruled in favor of Jamie’s proposed amendment and as a result we’ll see many more HERO eligible townhomes going forward! This means more incentives for builders to construct higher-performance townhomes.
Do you believe businesses ought to benefit all stakeholders, not just shareholders? If so, the B Corp community is here for you! We’d love to connect and answer any questions you have about becoming a B Corp or the B Corp movement.
Reach out to our project teams to share your goals and learn more!