BPI is registered as an Oregon Benefit Company as of March 29, 2018.
In order to comply with the State of Oregon requirements as a Benefit company, we will be summarizing our accomplishments each year, including the most recent year.
Benefit Report Year: 2017
Published Date: 4/21/2018
Last Updated: 3/26/2020
Oregon Benefit requirements
Brion Hurley will be acting as the benefit governor for BPI, which is a sole proprietor LLC
We are using the 3rd party standard B Impact Assessment, governed by B Labs. On January 11, 2018, BPI completed the assessment and review, and was named a Certified B Corporation. You can learn more about our B Corp assessment here. You can also review our B Labs Assessment scores on their website.
Solar panel donations to nonprofits through Everybody Solar
BPI is partnering with Everybody Solar, a 501c(3) nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California. Everybody Solar helps other non-profit U.S. charities go solar by raising money to install solar panels, thus reducing the energy costs for the organization. This allows them to spend their money on achieving their mission, while reducing their impact on the environment. BPI donates in two ways:
- Recurring $200 per month payment, which equates to 1 solar panel
- Carbon offsets for business travel. Learn more about our criteria for calculating offsets here.
Starting in 2017, BPI committed to donate at least 5% of our revenues to Everybody Solar. In 2017, we donated the following amount:
- Recurring monthly amount = $2,451.80
- Carbon offsets = $310.50
- Extra donation = $201.50
- Additional donation = $15.25 (book sale proceeds)
- Total donation = $2979.05 (8.4% of revenues)
BPI Impact on Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Although we have a small footprint and offset all of our emissions, we are passionate about minimizing our business impact on the environment. We calculated our emissions due to electricity usage, water usage, electric vehicle charging and business travel. In 2017, we generated 5 tons, and 10 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions for scope 3. This is our baseline year, although my consulting role moved to full-time in July. We have a goal for 2019 to reduce the amount of emissions by 5% for scope 2 and reduce the amount of emissions by 10% for scope 3.
Volunteer and Pro-Bono Work
Starting in 2017, BPI committed to donate at least 5% of our consulting service and expertise time (pro bono) to nonprofit organizations. We achieved that goal by donating 144 hours to nonprofits (6.4%)
- The volunteer hours consisted of our work through LeanPortland.com, another Oregon Benefit company. Specifically, BPI supported the following nonprofit organizations:
- Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN)
- The Rebuilding Center
- Free Geek
- Reducing wasted food is a major initiative in the Portland metro area. To help support these efforts, two free workshops were conducted at the Port of Portland for those working on this issue. The first workshop involved an overview of Lean and Six Sigma, and the second workshop covered the Define phase of the DMAIC model. This effort will continue into 2018, where we will teach the rest of the DMAIC model, and support teams through an improvement project.
- We held 8 free workshops at Hatch Labs on the topics of Six Sigma, Lean and Behavior Change, which equates to 16 hours of training.
- We held 25 free workshops on specific Lean and Six Sigma tools at the University of Portland, which equates to 75 hours of training.
Free Book Published
- On Nov 13, 2017, BPI founder Brion Hurley released his first book, “Lean Six Sigma for Good.” It is a short book, written in order to motivate current Lean, Six Sigma and continuous improvement experts to help their company and community reduce their environmental impacts, and help address social problems, both at a local and global level. The book is available for free in digital and audio formats. In 2017, 8 copies were provided in hard copy format, there were 140 audio downloads, and 491 digital downloads.
- Proceeds from book donations totaling $15.25 were donated to Everybody Solar through various book formats
- Learn more or download the book >>>
In 2017, we trained 592 people, for a total of 3,642 classroom hours.
2017 can be summarized to the following key points:
- Using 2017 as a baseline year for greenhouse gas emission reduction goals of 5%
- Donated the equivalent of 14 solar panels to nonprofits
- Donated 144 hours to nonprofit organizations, and 91 hours of free training to the general public
- Released a free book to inspire others to volunteer with nonprofits, reaching 639 people
- Exceeded both goals of donations at least 5% of revenues and volunteer hours at least 5% of a full-time employee
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