YIKES Again Honored as Best for World – Workers

By Mia Levesque

September 9, 2016

Creating Most Overall Positive Employee Impact as Evaluated by Comprehensive B Impact Assessment

On September 8, 2016, YIKES, Inc. was once again recognized for creating the most positive overall community impact by B the Change Media based on an independent, comprehensive assessment administered by the independent nonprofit B Lab. YIKES is honored in the Best for the World Workers List, which includes businesses that earned a Workers score in the top 10 percent of more than 1,800 Certified B Corporations on the B Impact Assessment. The full assessment measures a company’s impact on its workers, community, customers and the environment. The 124 winning companies in the Workers category come from 14 industries and 15 countries.

bcorp_logoYIKES would like to congratulate all the other honorees. View the entire list and see how companies are making positive changes through business.

The Workers portion of the B Impact Assessment assesses the company’s relationship with its workforce. It measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training and ownership opportunities provided to workers. The category focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility, corporate culture and worker health and safety practices. Honorees scoring in the top 10 percent set a gold standard for the high impact that business as a force for good can make on employees around the world.

Honorees are featured in the upcoming fall issue of B Magazine and on B the Change’s digital platform, bthechange.com.

Learn more about YIKES sustainability mission, including our B Corporation certification and our commitment as a Pennsylvania Benefit Corporation.

B the Change Media was formed as a partnership between B Lab, the community of B Corporations, and Bryan Welch, former CEO of Ogden Publications (B Corp since 2010). B the Change Media is a multiplatform media company whose mission is to build the world’s largest engaged audience of people with a passion for using business as a force for good. B the Change Media has editorial and operating independence and covers compelling stories about business as a force for good, not just stories about B Corporations. B the Change Media has independent investors and is a subsidiary of B Lab, the nonprofit organization that administers the Impact Assessment and aggregates the B Corporation community. B the Change Media is a Pending B Corporation.

B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good.  Its vision is that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world and society will enjoy prosperity for all for the long term.

B Lab drives this systemic change by: 1) building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between “good companies” and good marketing; 2) passing benefit corporation legislation to give business leaders the freedom to create value for society as well as shareholders; 3) helping businesses measure, compare and improve their social and environmental performance with the free B Impact Assessment; 4) driving capital to impact investments through use of its B Analytics and GIIRS Ratings platform.

For more information, visit www.bcorporation.net.

The Personal Side of Working for a Benefit Corporation

By Mia Levesque

May 23, 2014

Paul Andre LevesqueOn Saturday, May 3, 2014, my father had a massive stroke. My parents live about 375 miles away. My four siblings and I are scattered throughout the East coast. We all arrived Saturday or Sunday, to be by his side as he entered his hospice journey. When my father took his last breath on May 9, 2014, I was able to be by his side, fully present. I was able to stay and help my mother cope with her enormous loss. I had the support of my family as we all gathered to grieve.

Recently much as been written on B or Benefit Corporations and the concept to of ROWE (Results-Only Work Environment). I am fortunate to co-own and work for such a company — YIKES, Inc., a web design and development company in Philadelphia.

YIKES started in 1996 with the concept of creating a company that the three co-founders would want to work for. This led to the realization that we were what was becoming called “a sustainable business.” Joining the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia in 2003, we found like-minded business who adhere to the triple-bottom line of People, Planet, Profit. YIKES even won a Triple Bottom Line award in 2005.

In 2010, we became a Certified B Corporation. Being a B Corporation allows us to share our philosophy of the power of business to do good, to change the world for the better. YIKES, Inc. has an excellent reputation for conducting its business activities with integrity, fairness, and in accordance with the highest ethical standards. In 2013 YIKES, Inc. was among the first companies to become a Pennsylvania Benefit Corporation, furthering our commitment. YIKES, Inc. was just recertified as B Corporation in March, 2014. But anyone can learn more about B Corporations online.

What I want to talk about is what has this has meant to me over the past 3 weeks. As I sit here on my final day before I return to work, I want to acknowledge mostly my co-workers who are so competent and compassionate that I could do what I needed to do, which was to be with my father, my mother, and all my siblings. That our families where together to say goodbye, to honor my father with a dignified death and funeral, to give each other the support we needed.

When I go back to work tomorrow, I will check in with all my clients who are are very important as well. They are not just the lifeline of our business, but many are long-term colleagues from our many years in business. I know that there may have been bumps and disruptions in the projects I manage, as my co-workers stepped in without any foresight or planning, which is possible when one takes a vacation but not in an emergency situation.

I end this with the hope that this concept of life-work balance continues to become the norm. That more workers won’t have to make hard choices about work over people, adding stress to one of the most difficult times we humans face — the loss of someone we love. In my sadness and grief, I know that when I remember this time, it will be without regret because people do come first. I had the support to make this happen. I will carry a deep gratitude to all those who gave me this gift. It is not one that enough American workers get, but one that I believe, as a business owner, is possible.

Paul Andre Levesque

YIKES, Inc. Becomes One of the first Pennsylvania Benefit Corporations

By Mia Levesque

January 22, 2013

Certified B CorporationPhiladelphia, PA, January 22, 2013 – Award-winning web designer YIKES, Inc. is among the first companies to become a Pennsylvania benefit corporation. The company filed its amended articles of incorporation at a ceremony held Tuesday January 22, 2013 at the Independence Visitor Center in Philadelphia.  Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele was on hand to accept YIKES’ registration as a benefit corporation.

“At YIKES, Inc. we believe that business can change the world for the better. We are dedicated to building a more socially, environmentally and financially sustainable local economy. Becoming a benefit corporation allows us to show our commitment to our values and beliefs as a business,” says Mia Levesque co‐founder of YIKES, Inc.

YIKES, Inc. is a Philadelphia-based, full-service, web design and development company. YIKES builds smart, effective, creative web solutions for businesses and non-profit organizations. As a company, YIKES has been dedicated to sustainable business practices since 1996. The company is committed to building a more socially, environmentally and financially sustainable local economy, YIKES is a socially responsible business observing the triple bottom line: people, planet, profit. YIKES is proud to have earned B Corporation Certification and is a member and sponsor of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia. YIKES received the 2011 B Corporation Award “Most Inspirational Project,” and the Triple Bottom Line Award at the 2005 Social Venture Institute. The YIKES office is located in a LEED Platinum certified building and is powered by 100% Renewable electricity. Additionally, YIKES is a certified Woman Owned Business by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Bureau of Minority and Women Business Opportunities and City of Philadelphia Office of Economic Opportunity.

Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele stamps YIKES papers.
Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele stamps YIKES papers.

Pennsylvania is one of 12 states that have passed legislation creating benefit corporations, which allows sustainably minded companies to adopt a corporate structure that frees them of the traditional corporation’s requirement to maximize profit and shareholder returns.  A benefit corporation allows – and requires – its directors to take into account “public benefits” that include the environment, the community and other constituents, some of whom may have no direct connection to the entity. Under the new Pennsylvania law, any corporation that elects benefit corporation status must, in addition to its stated business purpose, also adopt a purpose of creating a “public benefit,” and must also file an annual benefit report and fulfill other requirements of the law in order to maintain benefit corporation status.

“Governor Corbett’s number one priority is having a job available for every Pennsylvanian that wants one,” said Aichele. “The governor is working hard to make Pennsylvania attractive for businesses to locate and expand, and providing companies the option of registering as benefit corporations is one more way of doing that.”

To learn more about YIKES, Inc., visit www.yikesinc.com, email info@yikesinc.com, or call 215-238-8801.

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