____ Posted Tuesday September 12, 2017 ____

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PeaceWorks Technology Solutions Honoured as Best for World and Best for the Workers

Creating Positive Impact for Employees, Environment, Community Evaluated by Comprehensive B Impact Assessment

Yesterday PeaceWorks Technology Solutions was recognized for creating extraordinary positive impact as a business based on an independent, comprehensive assessment administered by the nonprofit B Lab. Honorees are featured on B the Change, the digital Medium publication produced by B Lab, at http://www.bthechange.com.

PeaceWorks Technology Solutions is honoured in the Best for the World Overall list, which includes businesses that earned scores in the top 10 percent of more than 2,100 Certified B Corporations across all categories on the B Impact Assessment. The assessment measures a company's positive impact on its workers, community, customers and the environment. To certify as B Corporations, companies like PeaceWorks Technology Solutions must complete the full assessment and have their answers verified by B Lab.

PeaceWorks was also recognized as Best for the Workers. This section of the B Impact Assessment assesses the company’s relationship with its workforce. It measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training and ownership opportunities provided to workers. The category also focuses on the overall work environment within the company by assessing management/worker communication, job flexibility, corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices. Honorees scoring in the top 10 percent set a gold standard for the high impact that business as a force for good can make on employees around the world.

The full B Impact Assessment evaluates a company’s environmental performance, employee relationships, diversity, involvement in the local community, the impact a company’s product or service has on those it serves, and more. Honorees scoring in the top 10 percent of all B Corporations set a gold standard for companies using business as a force for good. PeaceWorks Technology Solutions made the list thanks to exceptional practices like employee ownership and engagement, community involvement and volunteerism, and extraordinary client relationships.

The 176 Best for the World Overall honoree companies come from 75 different industries and 25 countries. B Lab simultaneously released separate lists recognizing top-performing B Corporations as Best for the Environment, Best for Customers, Best for the Long Term, Best for Community, Best for Workers and Best for the World: Changemakers, which can be found at http://www.bthechange.com. (Not available until September 12.)

PeaceWorks Technology Solutions provides IT support and software solutions for clients that desire to use technology to strengthen their missions.  PeaceWorks’ CEO, John Reimer, confirms, “We work with clients that are doing terrific work, both locally and around the globe.  We have always acknowledged that our impact is directly measured by the great work of our clients.  As such, these awards honour our clients as much as they honour us.”  

PeaceWorks Technology Solutions has consistently scored above average on the B Lab assessment and has proven time and time again that financial success can come alongside commitment to the community, the environment and employees. With practices that include charitable discounts for not-for-profits and registered charities, e-waste programs, recycling and composting, community volunteerism, a flexible work environment, an opportunity for part-time and full-time employment, education and training opportunities, an above living wage, as well as ownership opportunities, PeaceWorks is proud to be represented in the “Best” categories. 

Reimer states, "PeaceWorks Technology Solutions is pleased to receive this award for the fifth year in a row.  This award validates what we set out to do at PeaceWorks -- provide a place of employment that truly cares about relationships, both with our clients and our employees. We strive to support each individual both personally and professionally."

Additional 2017 Best for the World Overall honorees include: Beneficial State Bank; Cooperative Home Care Associates; and Dr. Bronner’s.

“Companies like PeaceWorks Technology Solutions exemplify what it means for a business to be a good citizen,” says Jay Coen Gilbert, co-founder of B Lab. “We’re proud to recognize their achievement. Best for the World is the only list of businesses making the greatest positive impact that uses comprehensive, comparable, third-party-validated data about a company’s social and environmental performance.”    

A total of 846 Certified B Corporations were named 2017 Best for the World Honorees, including: Patagonia; Seventh Generation; National Co+op Grocers; and Business Development Bank of Canada. Forty-eight countries are represented, including Afghanistan, Kenya, Nicaragua and Turkey. The selection criteria for Best for the World honorees are available at http://bit.ly/29ZYRSp.

Today there are more than 2,100 Certified B Corporations across more than 130 industries and 50 countries, unified by one common goal: to redefine success in business. Any company can measure and manage social and environmental performance at http://bimpactassessment.net.

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