03/20/2014 09:05 am ET Updated Mar 20, 2014

The Best Businesses For The World In 2014, According To B Lab

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The ranks of businesses that are certified B Corps are growing quickly. In 2012, when B Lab released its first annual “Best Businesses for the World” list, there were already more than 500 firms that had committed to meeting the nonprofit certifying organization’s high social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency standards. By 2013, about 650 companies had achieved B Corp status, including well-known brands like Patagonia and Ben & Jerry's. This year has seen even bigger growth, with a total of 970 companies across 60 industries in 32 countries committed to one goal: Redefining business “success” as being about more than just about making the biggest profit.

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