Get Your Green Score

Find a quick start to your sustainability journey by taking the Green Score quiz.

Using just ten key questions from the more comprehensive “B Impact Assessment” designed by B Lab, we quickly point you in the direction of key tools and resources to get you started on your sustainability journey and on the road to becoming an active Thriving Vancouver business.

If you’re a seasoned traveler on this road, you can still complete the quiz – those with a high score are invited to share their success stories to be showcased on ThrivingVancouver.com.

We will eventually use this data to benchmark business leadership in Vancouver.

This quiz is a snapshot of the B Impact Assessment, a confidential tool powered by B Lab and questions are replicated with permission. B Lab is a non-profit organization dedicated to using the power of business as a force for good. Businesses committed to doing well by doing good can apply to be recognized as B Corps – for-profit companies that are certified by B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

Some companies are aligning these principles within their legal structure, by incorporating as “Benefit Corporations” or “Community Contribution Companies“. These are separate and distinct legal tools that create a legal foundation for long term mission alignment and value creation within an incorporated (taxable) company.

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  • Does your company have a corporate mission statement, and does it include any of the following? Check all that apply
  • By what % has your worker base grown over the last 12 months? To calculate, sum the total # of current employees, including both full-time and part-time employees, and subtract the # of full-time and part-time employees 12 months ago. Then divide this # by the amount of full-time and part-time employees from 12 months ago. Check one
  • Does your company have the following charitable giving practices implemented in practice or written in policy? Check all that apply
  • What is the social and environmental screen that is used for a majority of your company's significant suppliers? Check all that apply
  • Does your company use a company-wide recovery and recycling program that includes the following: Check all that apply
  • Does your company have a formal program or policy in place to reduce the environmental footprint caused by commuting? Examples include use of public transportation, carpooling, biking, virtual office, telecommuting, etc. Check one
  • Does your company monitor, record and/or report its usage of electricity? Check one
  • Does your company monitor, record and /or report its usage of natural gas? Check one
  • Does your company monitor, record and /or report its usage of water? Check one
  • Please select the option that best describes how your company monitors and records Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, as defined by the GHG Protocol. Scope 1: All direct GHG emissions. Scope 2: Indirect GHG emissions from consumption of purchased electricity, heat or steam. Check one
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Strength:

Your corporate mission statement: Making a public statement about environmental and social goals solidifies your company’s commitment to those goals and holds you accountable to your stakeholders. Well done for putting your commitments in writing! The next step would be to think about measuring and reporting out on your accomplishments, and identifying further areas for improvement. Read up on ‘Sustainability Reporting and the Benefits of Transparency’ Hyperlink to article in blog. Also visit the Embedding Project to view resources about measuring GHGs or setting science-based targetswww.embeddingproject.org. Think about becoming a Climate Smart Businesswww.climatesmartbusiness.com.

Opportunity:

Your corporate mission statement: Making a public statement about environmental and social goals solidifies your company’s commitment to those goals and holds you accountable to your stakeholders. For some help on how to integrate sustainability into your mission, vision or purpose, visit the Embedding Project to see how Vancouver company Teck went about developing their sustainability strategy: www.embeddingproject.org


Strength:

Employee growth & retention: For many companies, a growing team is a signal that you are doing something right, so well done for growing your team! Many employees – in particular Millennials – identify values such as sustainability and equity as major factors in choosing an employer. The next step would be to think about whether you are leveraging your corporate values to their full extent in order to attract top talent and keep your people engaged and motivated. Read about how Sustainability Matters in the Battle for Talent from Harvard Business Review:hbr.org and visit the Embedding Project for ideas on how to foster a culture receptive to employees’ opinions and ideas about sustainability:www.embeddingproject.org

Opportunity:

Employee growth & retention:  For many companies, a growing team would be a signal that you are doing something right. Losing team members may be due to a downturn or recurring business cycle, but are you experiencing high turnover for a different reason? Many employees – in particular Millennials – identify values such as sustainability and equity as major factors in choosing an employer. Think about whether you are leveraging your corporate values to their full extent in order to attract top talent and keep your people engaged and motivated. Read about how Sustainability Matters in the Battle for Talent from Harvard Business Review:hbr.org


Strength:

Charitable giving practices: Charitable giving is often a key component of a business’ ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ or ‘CSR’ program. Looks like your company is well on the way in this area, well done! Workplace giving can be done strategically to boost employee engagement as well as a way to engage with customers – download the free eBook from Benevity for six strategies to drive measurable results and learn about other CSR tools such as employee volunteering and corporate grants:www.benevity.com. Visit the Embedding Project to learn about other ways companies can invest in their communities:www.embeddingproject.org.

Opportunity:

Charitable giving practices: Charitable giving is often a key component of a business’ ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ or ‘CSR’ program. Workplace giving can be done strategically to boost employee engagement as well as a way to engage with customers – download the free eBook from Benevity for six strategies to drive measurable results and learn about other CSR tools such as employee volunteering and corporate grants: www.benevity.com. A quick way to get started is by participating in the annual Great Canadian Shoreline Clean Up


Strength:

Sustainable purchasing is a key step in thinking about your business in terms of a wider supply chain or value chain, and is often a key component of a business’ ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ or ‘CSR’ program. Through your intentional approach to purchasing products and services, you are leveraging a key opportunity to enhance your brand, create stronger supplier relationships and build customer satisfaction. Well done! Visit the Buy Smart Network to read about the business case for sustainable purchasing and assess whether you’re getting the most out of your efforts: www.buysmartbc.com. You may also want to learn more about the benefits of local purchasing – one approach to sustainable purchasing that ensures your business is reinvesting in its local community (hyper link to blog post Local Purchasing and the Local Economy). Or take investing in your community a step further and learn about how you can become a Transformational Company: www.corostrandberg.com.

Opportunity:

Sustainable purchasing is a key step in thinking about your business in terms of a wider supply chain or value chain, and is often a key component of a business’ ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ or ‘CSR’ program. Through an intentional approach to purchasing products and services, you can leverage a key opportunity to enhance your brand, create stronger supplier relationships and build customer satisfaction. To get started, visit the Buy Smart Network and read about the business case for sustainable purchasing:www.buysmartbc.com. If you’re ready to make more sustainable choices, visit UBC’s Sustainable Purchasing Guide for tips on how to source more responsible business travel, catering, office supplies and more: sustain.ubc.ca.


Strength:

Eliminating waste in your business operations can not only lead to more efficient processes and ‘lean production’ but can also reduce costs, generate revenue streams, create opportunities for new product lines or service offerings, and avoid regulatory fines and fees associated with disposal. Looks like your company is already well on the way to reaping these benefits! The next step would be think about your entire business value chain using a more ‘circular economy’ approach. Rather than ‘take, make, dispose’ cycles, can you aim to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility at all times? Visit the Ellen MacArthur Foundation for more on how to create a more circular business:www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org. If you have a particularly difficult material that you cannot currently recycle, consider asking for some research and development support through the Materials Innovation Lab (insert hyperlink). Or perhaps you want to participate in the sharing economy:thesharingproject.ca. The Province of B.C. has new Extended Producer Responsibility programs that may impact your business – to familiarize yourself with these, head to www.rcbc.ca.

Opportunity:

Eliminating waste in your business operations can not only lead to more efficient processes and ‘lean production’ but can also reduce costs, generate revenue streams, create opportunities for new product lines or service offerings, and avoid regulatory fines and fees associated with disposal. A quick way to get involved and start reaping these benefits is to take part in Canada’s annual Waste Reduction Week and learn how to easily rethink, reduce and recycle waste in your operations: www.rcbc.ca. To find out where you can drop off and recycle specific materials today, search the Recycling Council of B.C.’s ‘Recylepedia’ www.rcbc.ca or call the recycling hotline 604-RECYCLE (604-732-9253). The Province of B.C. has new Extended Producer Responsibility programs that may impact your business – to familiarize yourself with these, head to www.rcbc.ca.


Strength:

The way employees commute to and from work each day can have a major impact on the environment – not to mention on employees’ pocketbooks, health and even morale. As a company supporting sustainable transportation solutions, you are well on the way to reaping benefits such as attracting and retaining the best talent; improving employee health; reducing your company’s carbon footprint; and helping to relieve congestion. Well done!

Perhaps you offer telecommuting options; access to carpooling or rideshare programs (online.ride-share.com); or subsidized transit passes. Perhaps you have intentionally located close to public transit, or in a building which offers showers which encourage human powered transportation and cycling. You may even take part in the annual Vancouver Commuter Challengecommuterchallengebc.ca or Bike to Work Week bikehub.ca.

You can make even greater progress by thinking about how your employees move around during working hours. One of Vancouver’s many carsharingvancouver.ca (and now bikesharing www.mobibikes.ca) programs can offer an alternative to private vehicles or taxis. If your company owns its own vehicles, visit E3 Fleets www.e3fleet.com for ideas on how to create a greener (and less costly) fleet (link to Greening your Fleet article).

Opportunity:

The way employees commute to and from work each day can have a major impact on the environment – not to mention on employees’ pocketbooks, health and even morale. By supporting sustainable transportation solutions, you could be reaping benefits such as attracting and retaining the best talent; improving employee health; reducing your company’s carbon footprint; and helping to relieve congestion.

Some easy ways to get started include offering telecommuting options; providing access to carpooling or rideshare programs (online.ride-share.com); or subsidizing transit passes. Consider taking part in the annual Vancouver Commuter Challenge commuterchallengebc.ca or Bike to Work Weekbikehub.ca which encourage human powered transportation and cycling.

You can make even greater progress by thinking about how your employees move around during working hours. One of Vancouver’s many carsharingvancouver.ca (and now bikesharing www.mobibikes.ca) programs can offer an alternative to private vehicles or taxis. If your company owns its own vehicles, visit E3 Fleets www.e3fleet.com for ideas on how to create a greener (and less costly) fleet (link to Greening your Fleet article).


Strength:

Congratulations! As the saying goes, what gets measured gets managed, and you should be seeing the big benefits that measuring and managing your electricity consumption can have on your (traditional) bottom line (cost savings on your utility bill). Your efficient use of electricity should also be improving other ‘triple bottom line’ outcomes that might be important to your business, such as a comfortable and productive workplace for your employees, and a ‘leaner’, greener operation with less wasted resources.

You may have benchmarked your performance against your competitors, and set specific targets for lowering your electricity use. Read this post from Green Tourism Canada on the importance of Benchmarking:www.greentourismcanada.ca. And check out Vancouver’s ‘Business Energy and Emissions Profile’ (BEEP) to see how others in your sector perform, and learn about common strategies your peers are using to improve their performance:www.vancouvereconomic.com. If you’ve got an energy efficiency project in mind, like a lighting upgrade or installation of automated building controls, be sure to visit BC Hydro Power Smart and Kambo Green Solutions to learn about incentives and financing options. For options on how you can purchase green energy and support renewable energy projects in Canada, visit Bullfrog Power.

Opportunity:

As the saying goes, what gets measured gets managed. By starting to monitor and record your electricity usage you could be reaping the big benefits that measuring and managing your electricity consumption can have on your (traditional) bottom line (cost savings on your utility bill). Your efficient use of electricity could also improve other ‘triple bottom line’ outcomes that might be important to your business, such as a comfortable and productive workplace for your employees (through lighting upgrades or building automation), and a ‘leaner’, greener operation with more efficient equipment and appliances.

To get started, check out Vancouver’s ‘Business Energy and Emissions Profile’ (BEEP) to see how others in your sector perform, and learn about common strategies your peers are using to improve their performance:www.vancouvereconomic.com.


Strength:

Natural gas can be a big part of your energy bill, particularly for industrial users. Measuring and managing space and water heating costs can help to improve operating costs and lower your (traditional) bottom line (cost savings on your utility bill). Your efficient use of natural gas should also be improving other ‘triple bottom line’ outcomes that might be important to your business, such as a more comfortable and productive workplace for your employees, with better temperature controls and less wasted heat.

You may have benchmarked your performance against your competitors, and set specific targets for lowering your natural gas use. Check out Vancouver’s ‘Business Energy and Emissions Profile’ (BEEP) to see how others in your sector perform, and learn about common strategies your peers are using to improve their performance:www.vancouvereconomic.com. If you’ve got an energy efficiency project in mind, like a boiler or hot water heater replacement, be sure to visit Fortis BC to learn about incentives and financing options. For options on how you can purchase green energy and get recognition as a Green Leader, visit Fortis BC’s Renewable Natural Gas program.

Opportunity:

Natural gas can be a big part of your energy bill, particularly for industrial users. Measuring and managing space and water heating costs can help to improve operating costs and lower your (traditional) bottom line (cost savings on your utility bill). More efficient use of natural gas could also improve other ‘triple bottom line’ outcomes that might be important to your business, such as a more comfortable and productive workplace for your employees, with better temperature controls and less wasted heat.

Check out Vancouver’s ‘Business Energy and Emissions Profile’ (BEEP) to see how others in your sector perform, and learn about common strategies your peers are using to improve their performance: www.vancouvereconomic.com.


Strength:

It can be easy to forget that treated drinking water is a precious resource when we are surrounded by natural bodies of water and have long, wet winters. Well done for remembering that there are important benefits to monitoring and recording your water use! Using less water can lower your utility bill, maintenance costs and also save on natural gas used for heating. By monitoring your usage, you are able to target highest areas of consumption and develop an action plan for reductions. See these Business Water Conservation tips from the Regional District of Nanaimo: www.rdn.bc.ca. You can also read B.C.’s Living Water Smart guide: www2.gov.bc.ca/.

Opportunity:

It can be easy to forget that treated drinking water is a precious resource when we are surrounded by natural bodies of water and have long, wet winters. However, there are important benefits to monitoring and recording your water use. Using less water can lower your utility bill, maintenance costs and also save on natural gas used for heating. By monitoring your usage, you are able to target highest areas of consumption and develop an action plan for reductions. See these Business Water Conservation tips from the Regional District of Nanaimo:www.rdn.bc.ca. You can also read B.C.’s Living Water Smart guide: www2.gov.bc.ca


Strength:

Congratulations! You are one of a growing cadre of green economy leaders in Vancouver that are managing and reducing their greenhouse gas emissions! You are likely experiencing many benefits from this holistic approach to climate action: from saving money through efficiency to future proofing against increasing fuel prices and carbon regulation; and from building your brand to attracting the best talent and the increasing number of clients that demand carbon management.

Visit ClimateSmart to learn about how to leverage your climate leadership even further and join a strong peer group of local business leaders. You can also consider disclosing your carbon emissions with the CDP to garner international recognition for your efforts and access a global network of support. Both organizations can help you with communicating your efforts, and setting ‘science based’ emissions reductions targets and take your climate action plan to the next level.

Opportunity:

By starting to measure and manage your greenhouse gas (or simply ‘carbon’) emissions, you have an opportunity to join of a growing cadre of green economy leaders in Vancouver. There are many benefits from this holistic approach to sustainability action: from saving money through efficiency to future proofing against increasing fuel prices and carbon regulation; and from building your brand to attracting the best talent and the increasing number of clients that demand carbon management.

Visit ClimateSmart to learn about how to how you can get started on measuring you ‘carbon impact’, and join a strong support group of other local business leaders.


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