Grand Rapids companies making an impact

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - The mid-year Good for Grand Rapids Report showcases "a significant positive impact in our community,” according to Elissa Hillary, president of Local First.

According to the Quick Impact Assessment developed by Local First, B Lab and Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), fifteen local business saw "significant growth." Those areas of growth include:

  • 45 percent showed an increase in positive impact on workers (increased benefits, review process, living wages, etc.)
  • 55 percent showed an increase in impact in governance (creation of mission statement, diversity statement, procedure manual, etc.)
  • 55 percent showed an increase in positive community impact (percent of profits donated, diversity of ownership and spending on local suppliers)
  • 67 percent showed an increase in positive environmental impact (waste/recycle management, building greening initiatives, energy and water usage efficiency programs)

The Quick Impact Assessment is free, confidential, takes approximately an hour to complete, and helps provide a picture of the positive social and environmental impact local businesses have on our community. 

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