These B-Corp Brands Get An A+ For Ethical Standards

Emily Ruane
·6 min read

Sustainable fashion is about so much more than just environmental footprint. When it comes to evaluating a brand’s impact, there are also human beings to consider; does the company treat its employees fairly, provide a living wage, empower and invest in the surrounding community? While these concepts may seem hard to quantify, there’s one metric that we can use to determine how much a maker or manufacturer prioritizes their social impact: the “B-Corp” certification.

Led by the non-profit B Lab, the social-good stamp of approval measures a retailer’s “impact on its workers, customers, community, and environment,” according to the agency’s website, and assigns a score based on the measurable amount of benefits that a brand is generating. Happily, there are thousands of companies that boast B-corp status — and the organization advises that there’s been a recent “overwhelming” uptick in certification interest. If your goal is to allocate more closet space to brands that prioritize their social impact, you’re in luck — we rounded up nine of them ahead.

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<h2>Allbirds</h2><br>You’re likely already familiar with Allbirds’ commitment to using environmentally-friendly materials in building their sleek and sublimely comfortable footwear — but did you know that they’re also a B-corp?<br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="http://allbirds.com" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Allbirds" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Allbirds</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Allbirds</strong> Tree Dasher, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.allbirds.com%2Fproducts%2Fwomens-tree-dashers-gaia" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Allbirds" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Allbirds</a>

Allbirds


You’re likely already familiar with Allbirds’ commitment to using environmentally-friendly materials in building their sleek and sublimely comfortable footwear — but did you know that they’re also a B-corp?

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Allbirds Tree Dasher, $, available at Allbirds
<h2>Athleta</h2><br>In our humble opinions, Athleta doesn’t get enough love for its many admirable traits, which include a low-impact supply chain that makes use of 40% recycled and sustainable materials, inclusive sizing, and yes, B-corp certification. Through parent company <a href="https://www.gapincsustainability.com/people/pace-changing-one-million-lives" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Gap’s P.A.C.E. program" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Gap’s P.A.C.E. program</a>, it offers technical training and support to its global, majority-female workforce; to help them advance in the workplace and in their personal lives.<br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="http://athleta.gap.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Athleta" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Athleta</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Athleta</strong> Skyline Pant II, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fathleta.gap.com%2Fbrowse%2Fproduct.do%3Fpid%3D530640002%26pcid%3D999%23pdp-page-content" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Athleta" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Athleta</a>

Athleta


In our humble opinions, Athleta doesn’t get enough love for its many admirable traits, which include a low-impact supply chain that makes use of 40% recycled and sustainable materials, inclusive sizing, and yes, B-corp certification. Through parent company Gap’s P.A.C.E. program, it offers technical training and support to its global, majority-female workforce; to help them advance in the workplace and in their personal lives.

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Athleta Skyline Pant II, $, available at Athleta
<h2>Bombas</h2><br>“We exist to help support the homeless community,” declares Bombas on their website, “and to bring awareness to an under-publicized problem in the United States.” For every pair of <a href="https://bombas.com/pages/sock-tech" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:painstakingly researched" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">painstakingly researched</a> and joyfully designed socks that the brand sells, they donate an item of much-needed clothing to a homeless shelter. <br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.amazon.com/s?k=BOMBAS&rh=n%3A7141123011%2Cp_89%3ABOMBAS&dc&qid=1619106136&rnid=2528832011&ref=sr_nr_p_89_1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Bombas" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Bombas</a></strong> on Amazon</em><br><br><strong>Bombas</strong> Lightweight Calf Sock 4-Pack, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fbombas.com%2Fproducts%2Fwomens-lightweight-crew-solid-four-pack%3Fvariant%3Dfloral-stripe-mix%26size%3Dm" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Bombas" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Bombas</a>

Bombas


“We exist to help support the homeless community,” declares Bombas on their website, “and to bring awareness to an under-publicized problem in the United States.” For every pair of painstakingly researched and joyfully designed socks that the brand sells, they donate an item of much-needed clothing to a homeless shelter.

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Bombas Lightweight Calf Sock 4-Pack, $, available at Bombas
<h2>Cotopaxi</h2><br>In 2013, this Salt Lake City-based outdoor brand launched with the goal of alleviating global poverty through their eye-catching, high-performance outerwear and backpacks. The company allocates 1% of its annual revenue to the <a href="https://www.cotopaxi.com/pages/foundation" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cotopaxi Foundation" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Cotopaxi Foundation</a>, which awards grants to outstanding social-good nonprofits like the International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, and Utah Refugee Services. <br><br><strong>Cotopaxi</strong> Bataan Del Día Fanny Pack, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cotopaxi.com%2Fproducts%2Fdel-dia-bataan-3l-fanny-pack" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cotopaxi" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Cotopaxi</a>

Cotopaxi


In 2013, this Salt Lake City-based outdoor brand launched with the goal of alleviating global poverty through their eye-catching, high-performance outerwear and backpacks. The company allocates 1% of its annual revenue to the Cotopaxi Foundation, which awards grants to outstanding social-good nonprofits like the International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, and Utah Refugee Services.

Cotopaxi Bataan Del Día Fanny Pack, $, available at Cotopaxi
<h2>Eileen Fisher</h2><br>The elder stateswoman of low-impact fashion has amassed quite a bit of sustainable cred in the past two decades — and one feather in the brand’s many-plumed cap is its B Corp status. Since 2015, the Eileen Fisher has been recognized by B Lab for meeting “high criteria for social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency,” according to the company’s website.<br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.eileenfisher.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Eileen Fisher" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Eileen Fisher</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Eileen Fisher</strong> Organic Linen Boxy Tunic, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Feileen-fisher-organic-linen-boxy-tunic%2F5582249" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom</a>

Eileen Fisher


The elder stateswoman of low-impact fashion has amassed quite a bit of sustainable cred in the past two decades — and one feather in the brand’s many-plumed cap is its B Corp status. Since 2015, the Eileen Fisher has been recognized by B Lab for meeting “high criteria for social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency,” according to the company’s website.

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Eileen Fisher Organic Linen Boxy Tunic, $, available at Nordstrom
<h2>Goodee</h2><br>We were already head over heels for the Canadian retailer’s impeccable selection of handmade home goods — its ethical B-corp status is just icing on the cake. After founding the acclaimed brand WANT Les Essentiels, twin brothers Byron and Dexter Peart launched the marketplace in 2017, focusing exclusively on artisans and products that make a positive social or environmental impact.<br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.nordstrom.com/brands/goodee" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Goodee" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Goodee</a></strong></em> <em>at Nordstrom</em><br><br><strong>Goodee</strong> Tiny Pakurigo Basket, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.goodeeworld.com%2Fcollections%2Fbest-sellers%2Fproducts%2Ftiny-pakurigo-basket-black-white" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Goodee" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Goodee</a>

Goodee


We were already head over heels for the Canadian retailer’s impeccable selection of handmade home goods — its ethical B-corp status is just icing on the cake. After founding the acclaimed brand WANT Les Essentiels, twin brothers Byron and Dexter Peart launched the marketplace in 2017, focusing exclusively on artisans and products that make a positive social or environmental impact.

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Goodee Tiny Pakurigo Basket, $, available at Goodee
<h2>Laude the Label</h2><br>This sun-kissed brand turns out a host of breezy separates with the help of mile-high, B-Corp certified ethical standards. Every maker and manufacturer that the brand employs must adhere to their Code of Conduct, which prohibits slavery, child labor, discrimination and harrassment; and promotes workplace safetly, reasonable working hours, and a fair wage.<br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.verishop.com/brand/laude-the-label" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Laude the Label" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Laude the Label </a></strong>at Verishop</em><br><br><strong>Laude the Label</strong> Tiered Maxi Skirt, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.verishop.com%2Flaude-the-label%2Fmarketplace%2Ftiered-maxi-skirt%2Fp6591488852162%3Fcolor%3DIndigo%2BBlock%2BPrint" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Verishop" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Verishop</a>

Laude the Label


This sun-kissed brand turns out a host of breezy separates with the help of mile-high, B-Corp certified ethical standards. Every maker and manufacturer that the brand employs must adhere to their Code of Conduct, which prohibits slavery, child labor, discrimination and harrassment; and promotes workplace safetly, reasonable working hours, and a fair wage.

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Laude the Label Tiered Maxi Skirt, $, available at Verishop
<h2>Nisolo</h2><br>This footwear and leather goods brand has earned a stellar reputation for its ethical manufacturing practices — and B Corp certification, to boot. (Get it?) At their proprietary factory in Peru — a country where the tradition of shoemaking goes back generations — their producers have experience da 47% increase in earning, and 100% now have a bank account.<br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://nisolo.com/pages/ethically-made" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nisolo" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nisolo</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Nisolo</strong> Lima Slip On, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fnisolo.com%2Fcollections%2Fwomens-shoes-and-accessories%2Fproducts%2Fwomens-leather-slip-on-sand" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nisolo" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nisolo</a>

Nisolo


This footwear and leather goods brand has earned a stellar reputation for its ethical manufacturing practices — and B Corp certification, to boot. (Get it?) At their proprietary factory in Peru — a country where the tradition of shoemaking goes back generations — their producers have experience da 47% increase in earning, and 100% now have a bank account.

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Nisolo Lima Slip On, $, available at Nisolo
<h2>Outland Denim</h2><br>Not only has this Australian denim imprint painstakingly outlined its <a href="https://www.outlanddenim.com/blogs/news/outland-denim-sustainability-report-2020" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:sustainability goals and admirable current achievements" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">sustainability goals and admirable current achievements</a>; they also provide employment, training, and a healthy work-life balance to their at-risk global workforce. In 2019, they were singled out by <a href="https://bcorporation.net/2019-best-for-the-world" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:B Corporation as a “Best for the World” honoree" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">B Corporation as a “Best for the World” honoree</a>.<br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.nordstrom.com/browse/women/clothing/filter/outland-denim~brand_20946" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Outland Denim" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Outland Denim</a></strong> at Nordstrom</em><br><br><strong>Outland Denim</strong> Harriet Organic Cotton Blend Skinny Jeans, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Foutland-denim-harriet-organic-cotton-blend-skinny-jeans-dazed%2F5566015" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom</a>

Outland Denim


Not only has this Australian denim imprint painstakingly outlined its sustainability goals and admirable current achievements; they also provide employment, training, and a healthy work-life balance to their at-risk global workforce. In 2019, they were singled out by B Corporation as a “Best for the World” honoree.

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Outland Denim Harriet Organic Cotton Blend Skinny Jeans, $, available at Nordstrom
<h2>Raven + Lily<br></h2><br>This Austin, TX-based accessories brand “believe[s] in championing women from all backgrounds and cultures at every level of our business, and promoting diversity and inclusivity throughout [their] global community.” (It doesn’t hurt that the brand makes some of the loveliest recycled-brass jewelry and colorful leather goods that we’ve laid eyes on in a while.) <a href="https://bcorporation.net/directory/raven-lily" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:B Corporation awarded them the “Best for Community” status from 2015 - 2019." class="link rapid-noclick-resp">B Corporation awarded them the “Best for Community” status from 2015 - 2019.</a><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.verishop.com/brand/raven-lily" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Raven + Lily" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Raven + Lily</a></strong> at Verishop</em><br><br><strong>Raven + Lily</strong> Kamali Dramatic Arc, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.verishop.com%2Fraven-lily%2Fmarketplace%2Fkamali-dramatic-arc-brass%2Fp6557330407618" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Verishop" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Verishop</a>

Raven + Lily


This Austin, TX-based accessories brand “believe[s] in championing women from all backgrounds and cultures at every level of our business, and promoting diversity and inclusivity throughout [their] global community.” (It doesn’t hurt that the brand makes some of the loveliest recycled-brass jewelry and colorful leather goods that we’ve laid eyes on in a while.) B Corporation awarded them the “Best for Community” status from 2015 - 2019.

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Raven + Lily Kamali Dramatic Arc, $, available at Verishop
<h2>Sudara</h2><br>On a trip to India, Sudara founder Shannon Keith heard horror stories of women being sold into sex slavery, and discovered that those who were at the greatest risk lacked education and resources. Through her loungewear brand, she established the Sudara Freedom Fund, a non-profit that equips women and children in India with education and micro-loans. (Her brand has also ramped up its chic, cheerfully printed lounge pants and robe offerings.) B Corporation bestowed them with the <a href="https://bcorporation.net/directory/sudara-inc" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:“Best for Governance”" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">“Best for Governance”</a> award in 2018 and 2019, to boot.<br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.sudara.org/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sudara" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sudara</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Sudara</strong> Anju Long Robe, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sudara.org%2Fcollections%2Frobes%2Fproducts%2Fanju-robe-available-now" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sudara" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sudara</a>

Sudara


On a trip to India, Sudara founder Shannon Keith heard horror stories of women being sold into sex slavery, and discovered that those who were at the greatest risk lacked education and resources. Through her loungewear brand, she established the Sudara Freedom Fund, a non-profit that equips women and children in India with education and micro-loans. (Her brand has also ramped up its chic, cheerfully printed lounge pants and robe offerings.) B Corporation bestowed them with the “Best for Governance” award in 2018 and 2019, to boot.

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Sudara Anju Long Robe, $, available at Sudara
<h2>Patagonia</h2><br>Not much needs to be said about this outdoor brand, founded in as climbing-equipment retailer in 1973. In addition to its rigorous and constantly evolving sustainable manufacturing practices and the <a href="https://www.onepercentfortheplanet.org/about" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:launch of 1% For the Planet in 2002" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">launch of 1% For the Planet in 2002</a>, it’s also a certified<a href="https://bcorporation.net/directory/patagonia-inc" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:B-Corp with an outstanding score of 151 and a slew of “Best for the World” recognitions." class="link rapid-noclick-resp"> B-Corp with an outstanding score of 151 and a slew of “Best for the World” recognitions.</a><br><br><strong>Patagonia</strong> Garden Island Tiered Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.backcountry.com%2Fpatagonia-garden-island-tiered-dress-womens" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Backcountry" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Backcountry</a>

Patagonia


Not much needs to be said about this outdoor brand, founded in as climbing-equipment retailer in 1973. In addition to its rigorous and constantly evolving sustainable manufacturing practices and the launch of 1% For the Planet in 2002, it’s also a certified B-Corp with an outstanding score of 151 and a slew of “Best for the World” recognitions.

Patagonia Garden Island Tiered Dress, $, available at Backcountry
<h2>Uncommon Goods<br></h2><br>Wait — one of our favorite e-commerce destinations for kooky and genuinely interesting gifts is also a certified B Corp? We’d be shopping at this gewgaw emporium no matter what, but we’re so happy to know that the brand also boasts the ethical, social-good seal. Their overall impact score — as rated by B Lab — is a much-higher-than-average 126.2, and they’ve won a host of distinctions annually since 2016, including “Best for Community” and “Best for Changemakers”. According to the website, the retailer’s “lowest-wage earners take home double the federal minimum, college coursework and professional training expenses are reimbursed, and fiscal reports are available to all employees.” In addition, everything on the site is fur-, leather-, and feather-free.<br><br><em>Shop<strong> <a href="https://www.uncommongoods.com/our-story" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Uncommon Goods" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Uncommon Goods</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Uncommon Goods</strong> Custom Message Shortbread Cookies, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.uncommongoods.com%2Fproduct%2Fcustom-message-shortbread-cookies" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Uncommon Goods" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Uncommon Goods</a>

Uncommon Goods


Wait — one of our favorite e-commerce destinations for kooky and genuinely interesting gifts is also a certified B Corp? We’d be shopping at this gewgaw emporium no matter what, but we’re so happy to know that the brand also boasts the ethical, social-good seal. Their overall impact score — as rated by B Lab — is a much-higher-than-average 126.2, and they’ve won a host of distinctions annually since 2016, including “Best for Community” and “Best for Changemakers”. According to the website, the retailer’s “lowest-wage earners take home double the federal minimum, college coursework and professional training expenses are reimbursed, and fiscal reports are available to all employees.” In addition, everything on the site is fur-, leather-, and feather-free.

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Uncommon Goods Custom Message Shortbread Cookies, $, available at Uncommon Goods

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