Energy Efficiency, Water Conservation, Sustainable Development
About Enviro-Stewards Inc
Enviro-Stewards Inc’s Engineers & Scientists serve as sustainability catalysts for industrial, commercial and institutional facilities. As such, they stimulate increased margin on sales while reducing environmental footprints and improving social conditions. Such services include:
- Energy Conservation and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction planning
- Eco-Efficiency, Water Conservation and Toxic Use Reduction
- Pollution Prevention and treatment process design
- Product Design for Environment and Sustainability Strategizing
For an example, in the Fruition case study (see link on right), Enviro-Stewards’ services stimulated a 40 person facility to reduce their utility, ingredient and waste costs by $490,000/year, reduce GHG emissions and effluent loadings by 30% and 90%, respectively, and to provide 40 drinking water purification systems to homes in South Sudan.
Another Certified B Corporation (author Bob Willard) believed so strongly in the fit of our services with B Corporations that he offered to pay the fee for us to become certified. We have found B Lab’s certification process to be a valuable review of the environmental and social benefits generated by our organization.
The Change We Seek®
Enviro-Stewards was founded as a social venture (see Social Venture Case Study) to provide clients services to conserve resources and staff an opportunity to serve others. Staff are facilitated to use their technical and personal skills to assist local charitable work and to help launch sustainable income generating projects in the developing world (see CTV news feature). Clients are provided with practical, economically viable measures to improve the environmental and social aspects of their operations.
To illustrate, a program provider in the Toronto area (See Bloom case study) recently determined that the 27 small and medium sized facilities assisted by Enviro-Stewards under their program intended to implement 90% of Enviro-Stewards’ recommendations. This in turn would collectively save:
• $5,800,000/yr in operating costs (with a 1 year return on investment),
• Eliminate 462 tonnes/yr of toxics and 1,984 tonnes per year of hazardous wastes,
• Save 4,600,000 m3/yr of natural gas, 9,300 megawatt hours of electricity and 685,000 m3/yr of water, and
• Eliminate 10,700 tonnes/year of greenhouse gas emissions
What makes us a better company?
B Impact Report
The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.
The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.
The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).
The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.
The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.
|Overall B Score||55|
80 out of 200 is eligible for certification
*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment
*Median scores will not add up to overall
Employees: 100% of employees participated in the company bonus plan in the last fiscal year; over 80% of individual and family health insurance premiums covered by company; employee retirement plan includes socially-responsible investing option; more than five weeks of paid maternity and paternity leave offered to employees; dental, disability, and life insurance offered to employees, as well as domestic partner benefits and one year of post-secondary student grant.
Community: Evaluate all significant suppliers annually on specific social and environmental criteria, including third-party metrics; give preference to local and sustainable suppliers; 70% of company's expenses spent with independent local suppliers.
Environment: Company is member of an association that fosters environmentally sustainable business practices; office-wide recycling program includes paper, cardboard, plastic, glass & metal; 100% of company square footage located within 1/2 mile of public transportation; company incentivizes carpooling or use of public transport; over 75% of printed materials use recycled paper; company monitors energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions and has met reduction targets for both.
- Andrew Peller Wines Shared Savings Case Study Go »
- Tim Hortons / Fruition Case Study Go »
- Social Venture Case Study Go »
- "The Safe Water Project" Go »
- B Corp and Bloom Case Study Go »
- CTV News Feature Go »
- The Globe and Mail Prokleen Feature Go »
- The Globe and Mail Veriform Feature Go »
- Financial Post Article on Best for the World Business Go »
- Corporate Knights Reports Top 5 Sustainability Projects in the Country Go »
- Elmira Independent reports that Enviro-Stewards is one of the Best for the World Go »