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Developer rates among 'Best for the World'

April 23, 2015
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A developer has joined a select group of international organizations that are considered the “Best for the World.”

Bazzani in Grand Rapids, a green design and build firm, was honored this month with the designation by B Lab, a nonprofit that rates companies for their impacts on balancing profits, people and the planet’s needs with excellence.

Top 10 percent

The 2015 "Best for the World" honorees are recognized for "creating the most positive social and environmental impact," the ranking's web page says.

The 120 honorees have earned an overall score in the top 10 percent of more than 1,200 Certified B Corporations on the B Impact Assessment, "a rigorous and comprehensive assessment of a company's impact on its workers, community and the environment,” the web page says.

Bazzani, which submitted its application to become a B Corp last year, appears in the construction industry category as a micro-enterprise, which has about one to nine employees.

Top scorer

An orgnization must score more than 80 on the assessment to become a Certified B Corporation, said Brian Wolters, business development at Bazzani.

Bazzani received a score of 147, which is a “pretty big deal and a huge honor,” Wolters said.

“It has a lot to do with just the good work that we’ve been doing over the years,” Wolters said. “It’s just a huge honor to be nominated for the world, not just by the world. The key word is ‘for.’ We really appreciate that. That’s been part of our philosophy as we look at the triple bottom.”

The other Michigan organization to make the ranking is the Ypsilanti-based nonprofit Buy The Change, which has a score of 133.

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