2017 Annual Benefit Report
In May 2017, we joined a global community of businesses–including Patagonia, Ben & Jerry’s, Etsy, and Seventh Generation–as a Certified B Corporation.
B Corps are companies that have been certified to have met rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Worldwide, there are more than 2,200 Certified B Corporations across 120 industries and 50 countries working together toward one unifying goal: using business as a force for good. We have decided to become a B Corp for several reasons:
- Being Part of a Community of Leaders with Shared Values: The strength of the B Corp community—and the sense of being part of something bigger than our individual business—that is one of the most deeply fulfilling aspects of B Corp certification.
- Protecting Our Mission for the Long Term: Certified B Corporations, in addition to meeting rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, amend their governing documents to be more supportive of maintaining their social and environmental mission over time.
- Identifying Areas for Improvement: B Corp certification is an independent, rigorous, third-party standard that evaluates every aspect of our business—from how we treat our workers, to our community involvement, to our overall effect on the environment. We believe this will help us continue to create social, environmental, and financial value.
- Attracting and Retaining Top Talent: Many studies have shown that the best people want to work for a company with a larger purpose. B Corp certification helps us signal to prospective and existing employees that we are committed to using business as a force for good.
- Building Collective Voice: Many of the movements taking place around the globe—from clean tech, microfinance, and sustainable agriculture to the buy local and cooperative ownership movements—are manifestations of the same idea: how to use business for good. The B Corporation organizes and amplifies the voices of this diverse marketplace behind the power of a unifying brand.
We are proud of the work we have accomplished this year to improve our impact. Once we certify, we are also eager to learn from our peers in the B Corp community about how we can do even more. This is an essential contribution toward a vision of business that works for people, the planet, and the bottom line.
Benefit Report Narrative
We are a legally-incorporated benefit corporation in the state of California. A benefit corporation is a corporation that has voluntarily met the highest standards of corporate purpose, accountability, and transparency.
Benefit corporations have a corporate purpose to create a material positive impact on society and the environment, have expanded the fiduciary duty of their directors to include consideration of stakeholder interests, and are required to report on their overall social and environmental performance.
B Impact Report
The B Impact Report is a quantitative and qualitative summary of our overall social and environmental performance assessed against the B Impact Assessment (BIA), a third party standard created by the nonprofit B Lab. The BIA assess our performance in the areas of environment, workers, community, and governance. Here is our latest B Impact Report for 2017:
The following sections will describe what we already do well and identify some of our long-term goals for increasing our score by the time we recertify in 2019.
Here are some things we already do well:
- Our board of directors reviews our company’s social and environmental performance on an annual basis
- We have a representative from the local community on our board
- We track specific KPIs/metrics to determine if we are achieving our social and environmental objectives
- We reimburse employees for attending external professional development trainings
- Over 90% of employees are satisfied and engaged
- Majority of the company is owned by women and people of color
- Trainings on gender inclusiveness, the LGBT community, and ability / disability is provided to all employees
- Allow employees paid time off to volunteer
- Work with Beneficial State Bank, a Certified B Corp bank that is committed to serving the local community in Oakland
Here are some improvements we made in 2017:
- Created a written policy giving preference to suppliers owned by women or individuals from underrepresented populations
- Created a formal volunteering and community service policy
- Written preference to purchase from local suppliers
- Suppliers screened for negative or regulatory non-compliance
- Suppliers screened for positive practices beyond what is required by regulations
- Created a formal written ho that specifically holds the company’s suppliers accountable for social and environmental performance
- Provide independent contractors with feedback, and vice versa.
- Created formal policy for responsible disposal of company’s hazardous and non-hazardous waste
- We encourage good environmental stewardship in how employees manage their virtual offices:
There is a written policy encouraging environmentally preferred products and practices in employee virtual offices (recycling, etc.)
- Company shares resources with employees regarding environmental stewardship in home offices (i.e. energy efficiency, recycling, etc.)
- Policy in place for the safe disposal of e-waste and other hazardous materials purchased for employee home offices.
- Created a corporate travel policy to reduce our carbon footprint
We aim to make the following improvements by 2019:
- Integrating social / environmental mission-related responsibilities into all job descriptions
- Adding social / environmental goals into all employee performance evaluations
- Creating more opportunities for engagement with local community members and with social / environmental advocacy groups
- Share ownership with employees
- Increase number of participants who attend our camps from low-income communities
- Increase hours volunteered by 50%
- Increase the amount of renewable energy we consume by 10%
Benefit Report Narrative
We selected the B Impact Assessment (BIA) as the third party performance standard to prepare this benefit report because it is the most widely-used impact measurement and management tool in the world.
The BIA is used by more than 40,00 businesses to measure, compare, and improve their overall social and environmental performance, as well as by an increasing number of investors, business associations, and government entities serious about understanding and benchmarking the impact of the companies in which they invest and with which they do business.
The BIA is governed by the nonprofit B Lab and meets the statutory requirement that a third party standard must be comprehensive, credible, transparent, and independent. More information about the BIA and B Lab is available at bimpactassessment.net.
Spotlight: Girls Media
Check out what we are creating over at Spotlight: Girls!
Hang out with Go-To Go Girl! Hannah Gavagan as she breaks down some of the tough questions that girls face in the real world. Ever been in an uncomfortable situation or had some big feelings about a problem? Hannah shares some awesome tools you can use to steer your ship when things get weird!
Our mission is to educate, inspire, and activate girls and women to take center stage in their own lives and in their communities. We believe that, when this happens, we will be building a more compassionate, more connected, and more creative society. Our Go Girls! Culture Code is how we break down this big picture mission into accessible, doable pieces that we practice as a community.
Imagine 150 parents in a room listening to their daughters rock this anthem in loud, proud voices. Dads, moms and grandparents hold their phones high, documenting the moment their daughter dares to be herself. It's not unusual to see eyes brimming with tears. Watching a group of young girls refuse to accept stereotypes of who they can be is powerful. We encourage every girl (including gender creative little ones who don't claim the pronoun "girl") to love and accept all the parts of themselves.
If they had been old enough to vote, none of this would be happening. Do you know a girl aged 10-18 who is ready to stage an artistic revolution?
Go Girls! Productions
Rising 5th and 6th grade girls work together to produce, direct, edit, and star in their very own short films.
As our Go Girls! get older, they need a space of their very own to connect, create, and grow. In Go Girls Productions, rising 5th and 6th grade girls will work together in small teams to produce, direct, edit and star in their very own short films to be screened on the last day of camp along with the Go Girls! Camp show.
What is it?
Based in the Go Girls! Camp methodology and adapted to meet the specific needs of tween girls, Go Girls! Productions gives girls the skills and tools to make movies in the new digital media era.
What's the Takeaway?
Learning the skills of production from talented and experienced teaching artists, our Go Girls! Production team is equipped with technical skills and impactful social tools
Age appropriate media literacy lessons will help tween Go Girls! be able to see and talk about the media they consume in new and powerful ways
Be Role Models
Go Girls! Productions sessions happen on site with our Go Girls! Camp. There are specific points in the day when they get to share their work and build meaningful relationships across ages.
Go Girls! Productions camps are $715 ($689 early bird) and run Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm and coincide with the regular Go Girls! Camp day. A final screening of the films takes place at 4pm on the final Friday of the session. A multi-camp discount will apply when you also register your younger daughter for Go Girls! Camp.
Women and girls are our world’s greatest natural resource.
Spotlight: Girls educates, inspires and activates girls to take center stage. We give you and your daughter the skills to step into your light and become the leaders we’ve all been waiting for.
When we stand by and allow girls and women to suffer violence and self-hatred, everyone suffers.
Allison Kenny and Lynn Johnson met in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2002. They fell in love while singing showtunes, hiking in the redwoods, and directing kids in plays. One summer, 18 girls showed up to a church basement in Oakland, CA where Lynn & Allison would be their Play Directors. The play was all about the magic and power of being a girl. Many years, a thousand kids and hundreds of plays later, Allison and Lynn have made their stage a multi-media platform. The girls they taught in 2002 now work for Spotlight: Girls. And the issues they address are what matter most to girls and women- how do we overcome the perfectionism, violence and oppression we face in order to take center stage in our lives and communities? Stand Up. Speak Out. Advocate for Girls.
GO GIRLS! CULTURE CODE
We developed the Go Girls! Culture Code with happiness researchers at The Greater Good Science Center. This Code is at the heart of our multi-media platform and Go Girls! Camps. 56% of Go Girls! report feeling happier and more confident after just 2 weeks of camp.
…[Go Girls! Camps] give kids the time to practice the kind of child-led, complex, imaginative play that research shows helps children learn to work in groups, to resolve conflicts, and to regulate their own emotions and behaviors ...Christine Carter, PhD.
At Spotlight: Girls, we know that collaboration makes up stronger. We work with innovative thought partners who are the best in their field.
Spotlight: Girls is proud to partner with Kidpower, a global non-profit leader in teaching positive, practical personal safety skills to protect people of all ages and abilities. Every child at Go Girls! Camp receives a Kidpower workshop to practice boundary setting and using her power.
Spotlight: Girls and Alphabet Rockers produce the music you want your Go Girl singing. Dedicated to making music that makes change, Alphabet Rockers write songs that inspire Go Girls! to take center stage.
Miss O and Friends
The official social network created by girls, for girls. Miss O and Friends is a life-style socialization brand for tween and teen girls (ages 8-16), which aims to help young girls build self-esteem.
Doing Better Business
Spotlight: Girls is a women & minority owned business based in Oakland, CA since 2006. We’re super proud of our Certified B Corporation®. Because we meet rigorous social, environmental, transparency, and accountability standards, you can feel good buying from us!
Spotlight: Girls is the first investee of the Force for Good Fund which supports women and people of color-owned,“Best for the World” B Corporations.
We’re recognized by ICA Fund Good Jobs for the great employment we offer youth, women and artists.
Become a go girl!
Go Girls! Leadership Team!
Are you in a dance company or choir? Do you perform in plays, play instruments or study visual art? Do you have experience working with younger kids? Do you babysit? Do you tutor or read books to little kids at your school? Are you a classroom helper? Have you worked as a camp counselor or intern at a camp before? Do you want to use your gifts to make a difference in the world?
GGLT is for all girls ages 12-15 or rising 7th-9th graders.
How does it work?
- Attend a Spring Leadership Overnight Retreat Weekend. The 2019 GGLT Spring Retreat is scheduled for 4pm on Friday, April 26 - 2pm on Sunday, April 28 in Sonoma, CA.
- Work as Youth Interns inside any of our Go Girls! Camps.
- You MUST commit to at least one full 2-week camp session and you MUST attend the retreat to work at camp.
At the Spring Retreat and during summer camp sessions, you will learn:
- PROJECTING CONFIDENCE- how to be your brightest, boldest self even while feeling insecure or worried
- BOUNDARY SETTING AND KIDPOWER PEOPLE SAFETY SKILLS– how to stay emotionally safe when working with others
- COLLABORATION- how to build performances and make decisions as a team
- CONFLICT MANAGEMENT- how to support younger kids through conflicts that may arise
- MINDFULNESS-how to stay calm when things feel chaotic and manage our emotional triggers
- SELF CARE- how to ask for help, notice when you have a need and do what you can to meet it
- EMOTION COACHING- how to express and manage your big feelings, as well as help younger girls, express theirs without trying to fix it or solve a problem for them
- ARTISTIC SKILLS- working closely with professional teaching artists and learning skills across visual and performing arts modalities
- FLOORTIME PLAY THERAPY TECHNIQUES- how to be an “expert player” and role model for younger kids
How much does it cost?
Participation in the Spring Retreat is $650. Girls must participate in the Spring Retreat in order to be eligible for participation in a Go Girls! Summer Camp.
The retreat is led by co-founder Program Director, Chrissy Mulvihill and Go-To Go Girl!, Hannah Gavagan. Fee includes food, lodging, and transportation to and from the retreat; a Go Girls! GGLT t-shirt, journal, and other cool gear; your very own curriculum binder with all your new learning!
In your first year of participation, the price to participate in the camp itself is $300 for one 2-week session and $150 for an additional 2-week session. After your first year, there is no cost to participate in the camp.
Ready to Join us?
- Step 1: Complete the Go Girls! Leadership Team Application (below).
- Step 2: Have a 20-minute interview (over the phone or video conference) with a Go Girls! Camp staff member. She will learn more about you and you will learn more about the program.
- Step 3: Once everyone decides “Yes, let’s do it!,” then, your parents will receive a link to register you for the Spring Retreat as well as the camp sessions you will be attending. Fees to participate in camp sessions are due May 1st.