Introducing “Pittsburgh Measures Up,” an initiative of Idea Foundry, in partnership with global business impact measurement leader, B Lab.
- Pittsburgh Measures Up
- Why Measure What Matters?
- Why do we care?
- How to Participate
- Need Inspiration?
- B Lab
As Pittsburgh rises to the forefront of world-class innovation, creative problem-solving, and livability, we encourage Pittsburgh’s business community to be standard-bearers of good for their stakeholders: the employees, communities, and environments that support them.
Without healthy communities and environments, our economies are not sustainable. Pittsburgh Measures Up invites local businesses in every sector to think about how they impact their communities as they strengthen the local economy. Responsible businesses are proven to outperform traditional companies in long-term financial performance. The reason for this is tangible – today’s consumers want to buy products created ethically and transparently by companies that value their employees and communities, as well as the environment that provides our most basic resources.
From Portland, to Denver, to Rio de Janeiro, cities across the globe are increasingly turning to their business communities to help chart the course of how to care for people and planet while moving economies forward. Idea Foundry believes that Pittsburgh has every ingredient to be a leader in the fast-growing “business for good” movement. By leveraging our city’s innovative spirit to help conscientious companies disrupt the market, we can build a model for economic growth that benefits all people equitably. Through Pittsburgh Measures Up, we want to encourage all local businesses that sustainability is more than going green, it’s about local economies taking care of local communities.
Does your enterprise value its employees and the environment? The Quick Impact Assessment designed by B Lab is a free, fast tool to see just how “good” you are doing, and help you find areas where you can improve. Once you take the quiz, you can share your impact with your customers and community, and show how you improve quality of life in the Steel City.
Household names like King Arthur Flour, Seventh Generation, Patagonia, and Ben & Jerry’s are just a few out of thousands of companies that have accepted the B Lab challenge to measure their social and environmental impact. In fact, Pittsburgh is already home to several B Corps businesses in a wide range of industries including manufacturing, engineering, and software development. These businesses are proving that it’s possible to generate profit while also supporting the common good of their communities – and the world.
Our city is attracting a diverse workforce of new immigrants, young professionals, students, and artists. Pittsburgh can join the league of national and global cities that have pledged to “do well by doing good” by assessing their business community’s impact, and in turn increase quality of life for all Pittsburghers. The Steel City is no stranger to the crossroads of change, and Idea Foundry believes this local spirit of determination is also key to building local businesses that “do well by doing good.”
B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for goodTM. They are the industry leader in business impact measurement, and developer of global best practices and standards for socially and environmentally conscientious companies, funds, and investors. 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.