green|spaces will host a lunch and learn on Wednesday, Feb. 14 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at their office, 63 E. Main St., to show why local businesses should consider becoming a B Corp, and how in doing so, can put Chattanooga on the map for investors and attracting talent.
B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.
"B Corp is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk," officials said. "Today, there is a growing community of more than 2,100 Certified B Corps from 50 countries and over 130 industries working together toward one unifying goal: to redefine success in business. But of the 2,100, only three are located in the state of Tennessee, and one in Chattanooga."
Kevin Christopher, a local attorney at Christopher Intellectual Property Law, will explain how this emerging model of enterprise allows businesses to emphasize sustainability and social principles, along with the difference of a benefit company and B Corp in the State of Tennessee. Attendees will also learn how they can get started in the process for free through the B Impact Assessment, a program offered by green|spaces, who is one of only nine organizations in the country piloting the program.
The event is free for green|spaces members or $15 for non-members, and includes lunch. To RSVP for the event, click here.