B Corp Certification
A "B Corp" is a new type of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Corp certification is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk.
Our core ideology incorporates a value set based on constant improvement; social, economic, and environmental responsibility; and a familial, efficient organizational culture. Becoming a B Corp provides a metric to ensure that we're accomplishing the goals that we've set for ourselves while pushing us to do better.
In 2018, Longview Structures was certified by the non-profit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. We’ve evaluated how our practices impact our employees, our community, the environment, and our customers. We’re proud to join more than 2,200 Certified B Corps around the globe in redefining success in business, so that one day everyone uses business as a force for good.
To view Longview Structures B Impact Assessment and profile, click here.
We understand that true sustainability goes beyond the individual spaces we build, restore, and renovate – that sustainable housing needs to be surrounded by a great and sustaining community. We believe we need to take care of each other, as well as our natural and built environment. That’s why we donate thousands of dollars every year to valuable organizations in our community and abroad. It’s why we provide our employees with great health insurance and vacation time in an effort to promote an equitable workplace. Why we aim for open communication and transparency in our billing and finances with our subcontractors and our clients, often working with time and material contracts so that everything remains above the table – no secret markups, no fine print, and no surprises. To us, sustainable construction is just one facet of a sustainable life.
We center our business on relationships rather than a contract, because we’ve seen time and time again that when those priorities are flipped, the end result leaves everyone with a bitter taste.
Plus, sustainable building and green housing have rapidly moved from novelty to necessity. We’re privileged here in Lancaster County to live and work where beautiful, rural landscapes meet hip urban centers. It’s what makes Lancaster so appealing. As Lancaster’s popularity and population grow, we must take steps to maintain that natural environmental beauty before it is lost.
By not just building ‘green’ buildings, but smart, common-sense sustainable homes, we can help protect our ecosystems and agrarian history, improve air and water quality, reduce waste headed to landfills, lower operating expenses for the home, and contribute to the overall quality of life here in Lancaster and all the places we call home. Because the sustainable homes we build today can be the generational heirlooms of tomorrow.
B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. Its vision is that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the Best for the World® and as a result society will enjoy a more shared and durable prosperity. B Lab drives this systemic change by:
Building a global community of Certified B Corporations who meet the highest standards of verified, overall social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability;
Promoting Mission Alignment using innovative corporate structures like the benefit corporation to align the interests of business with those of society and to help high impact businesses be built to last;
Helping tens of thousands of businesses, investors, and institutions Measure What Matters, by using the B Impact Assessment and B Analytics to manage their impact -- and the impact of the businesses with whom they work -- with as much rigor as their profits;
Inspiring millions to join the movement through compelling story-telling by B the Change Media.
For more information, visit www.bcorporation.net , www.bimpactassessment.net , www.b-analytics.net and www.benefitcorp.net.
US Green Building Council Member
Our vision at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is that buildings and communities will regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation. Our mission is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life. Through our community network, continuous collaboration with industry experts, market research publications and LEED professional credentials, our global staff is working every day to help advance spaces that are brighter and healthier for us to live, work and play in.
Rick Fedrizzi, David Gottfried and Mike Italiano established USGBC in 1993 with a mission to promote sustainability-focused practices in the building industry. Representatives from around 60 firms and several nonprofits gathered that April in the American Institute of Architects’ boardroom for the founding meeting.
It was then that ideas were shared for an open and balanced coalition spanning the entire building industry and for a green building rating system, which would later become LEED. Since the rating system’s unveiling in 2000, it has become an international standard for environmentally sound buildings, certifying hundreds of thousands of square feet per day.