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Press Release: NOVA SUN POWER Honored as 2015 BCorp ‘Best for Environment’

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CONTACT: Robert MacKean, Nova Sun Power – (902) 396-7713

Katie Kerr, B Lab - (610) 293-0299 or katie@bcorporation.net

April 14, 2015: NOVA SCOTIA

Today, NOVA SUN POWER was recognized for creating the most positive overall environmental impact by the nonprofit B Lab with the release of the fourth annual ‘B Corp Best for the Environment’ list. The ‘B Corp Best for the Environment’ list honors businesses that earned an environmental score in the top 10% of more than 1,200 Certified B Corporations from over 120 industries on the B Impact Assessment, a rigorous and comprehensive assessment of a company's impact on its workers, community, and the environment. Honorees were recognized among micro, small, and mid-sized businesses around the globe.

The B Corp ‘Best for the Environment’ list sets the gold standard for high impact companies and demonstrates any type of company can use business as a force for good. It is part of the ‘Best for the World’ series, which has inspired the Best for NYC campaign, the first municipal public-private impact partnership in the world to support businesses to create more high quality jobs and improve the quality of life in local neighborhoods, all while strengthening their bottom-line.

From rural roots in Pictou, Nova Scotia, Nova Sun Power makes a big environmental impact. The company experienced dramatic growth in 2014 in both the commercial and residential market. “Investing in solar energy is a long-term solution to our economic crisis,” says Robert MacKean, founder and President. “BCorp is similar in that way. Getting the certification has helped my consumers and partners understand what Nova Sun Power is all about. We’re for-profit; we just happen to be for impact too. It isn’t rocket science, its just good business.”

Additional 2015 Best For the Environment Honorees include Natura, a Brazilian personal care company and the largest Certified B Corporation, well-known cleaning product brands Method Products and Seventh Generation, and North Carolina based WasteZero, reducing the amount of municipal solid waste that is landfilled and burned in more than 800 towns and cities. The 116 ‘Best for the Environment’ companies come from 41 different industries such as manufacturing, software development, sewerage and agriculture.  27% of honorees are based outside the US, with companies operating in emerging markets such as Brazil, Kenya, and Colombia. (Full list at bestfortheworld.bcorporation.net)

“Today's honorees inspire all companies to compete not only to be best in the world, but best FOR the world.  We hope many will take the first step by using the B Impact Assessment to measure and manage their impact with as much rigor as their profit,” said Jay Coen Gilbert, Co-Founder of B Lab, the nonprofit organization that certifies B Corporations and governs the independent third party standard used to generate the comparable assessment of corporate impact.

B Lab simultaneously released separate lists recognizing the companies ‘Best for the World’ (overall impact), ‘Best for Community’ (community impact), and ‘Best for Workers’ (employee impact) which can be found at bestfortheworld.bcorporation.net. A total of 350 companies were named 2015 Best For the World Honorees, including King Arthur Flour, d.light designs, New Belgium Brewery and Cooperative Home Care Associates.  The 2015 Best for the World Honorees represent nearly one-third of all B Corps, displaying a wide range of excellence throughout the community.

Each honored company is a Certified B Corporation. These companies use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems and have met rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Today there are over 1,200 Certified B Corporations, across 121 industries and 38 countries, unified by one common goal: to redefine success in business. Any company can measure and manage social and environmental performance at bimpactassessment.net.

 

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Nova Sun Power is a home grown renewable energy company founded by Robert MacKean 19 years ago. Nova Sun Power specializes in grid-tied photovoltaic solar energy sales, installation and maintenance.

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 society will enjoy prosperity for all for the long term.  

B Lab drives this systemic change by: 1) building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between “good companies” and good marketing; 2) passing benefit corporation legislation to give business leaders the freedom to create value for society as well as shareholders; 3) helping businesses measure, compare and improve their social and environmental performance with the free B Impact Assessment; 4) driving capital to impact investments through use of its B Analytics and GIIRS Ratings platform.

 

For more information, visit www.bcorporation.net.

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