At ReVision Energy we have been mission-driven from the start. Our commitment to building a better world isn’t just good for business; it is our business. We are a company that embodies our values in every interaction with our customers, with our suppliers, with our community, and of course with each other.
Being certified as a B Corporation is a validation of those efforts. Our certification places us in a community of over 5,000 like-minded businesses worldwide who all agree that business is not just about profits, but can and should be a source for positive social and environmental change in the world.
Since we first certified in 2015, when we achieved a score of 94.4, efforts to improve our standards have brought our score up over 30 points. In 2018 we achieved a score of 125.5, more than doubling the average ranking for B Corps. We are currently in the process of recertifying, and anticipate an increased score certification in 2023.
We were also recognized by B Labs as a "Best for the World" company in 2019, 2021, and again in 2022. This means we are in the Top 5% of B Corps scores worldwide, thanks to our worker-friendly policies, improvement during B Corp re-certification, and overall positive impact of our business model.
Here's how we measure up against other B Corp solar companies:
Certified B Corporations must meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Unlike traditional corporations, B Corporations are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their employees, suppliers, communities, consumers, and environment.
Furthermore, the B Corp certification pushes us to progress as a values-driven organization. It provides a transparent, tangible process that identifies commitments we can make to reach ever higher standards of social and environmental performance, and holds us accountable to those commitments.
View our B Corp score, and read on to learn more about the B Corp certification process and how it pushes up to bring more of our values into our mission-driven business.
Certified B Corporations are leading a global movement to redefine success in business. By voluntarily meeting higher standards of transparency, accountability, and performance, Certified B Corps are distinguishing themselves in a cluttered marketplace by offering a positive vision of a better way to do business.
Business and purpose go hand-in-hand at ReVision, whether we’re helping a town save money through an offsite solar array or helping individuals reach their dream of operating an organic, clean energy farm.
We also partner with local non-profits to expand solar access to great organizations that can extend those financial and environmental benefits to the communities they serve. Funded by our Solar Impact Investors, we can install solar arrays through PPAs that save nonprofits, schools, and other community organizations thousands of dollars in energy costs for no upfront cost.
Through programs, partnerships, and even getting involved in legislature change, our company leads the movement of creating a clean energy future. Building a better world is what we’ve been about since day one.
For us, being a B Corp means continuously pushing ourselves and our business to be better. When we first achieved certification in 2015, it served as a baseline for continued growth and progress on which we've evolved our benefits, company policies and business strategies.
The voluntary recertification process is rigorous and measures ReVision against some of the best companies in the world. We partake in an in-depth evaluation of our business practices, and scores us across 5 categories detailed below: Governance, Workers, Community, Environment, and Customers. This process allows us to see where we excel and offers a tangible roadmap areas we in which we need to improve.
We are identified by B Labs as a Mission Locked company, because we are legally allowed to make decision not based solely on profit but on the wellbeing of our workers, community and the planet.
Score: 10 / 10 points
Governance evaluates a company’s mission, engagement around its social/environmental impact, ethics, and transparency. This section also evaluates the ability of a company to protect their mission and formally consider stakeholders in decision making through corporate structure or corporate governing documents.
Why we excel: We achieve a strong score for Governance through our employee-ownership, corporate transparency, and mission alignment.
Where we’re still growing: Employee-owned since 2015, we are in the process of developing a voting model to elicit even more participation from co-owners in our decision making process.
Over 80% of our company is owned by employees, not including founders or executives. This is a direct result of our continued success as an employee-owned business.
Score: 28 / 28 points
Workers evaluates a company’s contributions to its employees’ financial security, health & safety, wellness, career development, and engagement & satisfaction. This section recognizes business models and workforce development programs designed to benefit workers, like our ESOP and apprenticeship.
Where we excel: Not only do we score highly in this category, but we are also named a Best in the World™ company for our workers, thanks to our employee-ownership and profit-sharing, flexible scheduling, financial and family benefits, cost of living adjustments, bonuses and promotions, and time off. We also excel in worker health and safety practices, which is especially critical in our line of work.
Where we’re still growing: Through our Training Center, we are increasing our career development programs, to increase leadership and management opportunities for all our employee-owners.
Explicitly written into our company policies, we have commitments to serve our local communities. We prioritize purchasing from local vendors and suppliers across all our locations., and focus on recruiting from our local communities.
Score: .59 /.59 points
Community evaluates a company’s engagement with and impact on the communities in which it operates, hires from, and sources from. Topics include diversity, equity & inclusion, economic impact, civic engagement, charitable giving, and supply chain management.
Where we excel: Our local presence means we can serve our communities in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts directly. We don’t work with large, out of state developers (unless we have to clean up their mess) and our outreach and marketing efforts are focused on local organizations, businesses, and schools. We also prioritize recruiting locally, and tap into our Solar Champion community for homegrown referral efforts.
Where we’re still growing: Alongside our JEDI initiatives, we are working towards increasing the diversity of our leadership teams and meeting our growth goals set for hiring, retaining, and promoting co-owners from underrepresented populations.
B Labs recognized ReVision as a company with an Impact Business Model, meaning we intentionally operate to create positive outcomes for one our on of the indicated stakeholders - in our case, that stakeholder is the environment.
Score: 17.1 /17.1 points
Environment evaluates a company’s overall environmental management practices as well as its impact on the air, climate, water, land, and biodiversity. This includes the direct impact of a company’s operations, and its supply chain and distribution channels.
Where we excel: Given the nature of our solar business, we score highly in this category due to the positive impact from the solar energy systems and complimentary technology we install. We also apply sustainability efforts and renewable tech at our own facilities, and are working on improving our company's waste reduction and energy and water efficiency.
Where we're still growing: We are working towards better tracking our footprint and setting clear goals to reduce waste at our facilities and within our operations. Led by our new Sustainability Coordinator, we are implementing and tracking proactive solutions for waste and emissions from our daily business activities.
Learn more about our growing sustainability efforts at ReVision →
As part of our values driven mission, we strive for excellence in all we do. 100% of our products are reviewed and certified by an accredited body for quality and 100% are covered by warranty to ensure long-lasting solar benefits for our customers.
Score: .77 /.77 points
Customers evaluates a company’s stewardship of its customers through the quality of its products and services, ethical marketing, data privacy, and feedback channels.
Where we excel: The satisfaction of our Solar Champions is crucial to the growth of our mission and our commitment to quality is evident through the entire customer journey, from the first chat with a Solar Advisor, to install and service, to our communication and outreach. Our products are certified for quality, and we connect with customers regularly to ensure their systems and experiences are of the highest caliber.
Where we're still growing: Keeping our Solar Champions better informed in a transparent and enjoyable manner is a big focus for our customer experience teams. We are in the process of creating a comprehensive customer portal through which customers can track their project's progress, monitor their systems, and easily contact our service team.
Striving for positive change is part of being a ReVision Employee-Owner, even after the workday is done.
For our ReVision Energy co-owners, the ideals of a B Corp go beyond conducting business; doing good for our planet and our communities is part of who we are, even after our ReVision work is done. Many members of our company start working at ReVision because their own personal values align with our mission.
– Dan, ReVision co-owner
For our co-owners, B Corp practices have included in-person and virtual volunteering in our communities, getting involved in pushing impactful policy change, and taking care of our local spaces through clean ups and trail maintenance.