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: 2019
Last Report Year: 2018
Published Date: 3/26/2020
Last Updated: 4/14/2020
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 2019, we donated the following amount:
- Recurring monthly amount = $2,452.80
- Carbon offsets = $364
- Additional donation = $15.47 (book sale proceeds)
- Total donation = $2832.27 (1.5% of revenues)
Starting in 2019, BPI also began supporting the JPW Fund, a 501c(3) nonprofit organization based in Boston, Massachusetts, that connects students, Lean practitioners and nonprofits together to improve the operations of the local nonprofit.
- Recurring monthly amount = $50 (started in December)
- Total donation = $50
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.
In December, we joined other Certified B Corporations in the “Net Zero by 2030” initiative. This means we are “committing to accelerate the reduction of their greenhouse gas emissions to reach a 1.5 degree trajectory leading to net zero by the year 2030—20 years ahead of the 2050 targets set in the Paris Agreement.”
We also calculated our emissions due to electricity usage, water usage, electric vehicle charging and business travel. In 2019, we generated 3.6 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions for scope 2 (a 16% decrease from 4.3 tons from last year), and 12.6 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions for scope 3 (a 19% decrease from 15.5 tons last year). We have a goal for 2020 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. In 2018, we achieved that goal by donating 83 hours to nonprofits (4.1% of 2000 typical working hours).
- The volunteer hours consisted of our work through LeanPortland.com, another Oregon Benefit company. Specifically, BPI supported the following nonprofit organizations:
- The Rebuilding Center
- Free Geek
- Portland Metro Restore
- Central City Concern
- We held 4 free workshops on the topics of Six Sigma, Personal Kanban and Lean Startup, which equated to 8 hours of training.
New Book Published
- On September 28, 2019, BPI founder Brion Hurley released the full version of his second book, “Lean Six Sigma for Good: Lessons from the Gemba (Volume 1), which is a compilation of stories from current Lean, Six Sigma and continuous improvement experts who have worked with nonprofits, NGO’s and not-for-profit organizations. The final book contained 8 chapters. A paperback version in Amazon was also made available, and the Audible version will be ready in 2020. As of the end of 2019, there were 6 total downloads (3 in 2019). Work on Volume 2 will begin in early 2020.
- Proceeds from book sales totaling $28.77 were donated across 8 nonprofit organizations
- The first book, “Lean Six Sigma for Good” had 504 downloads this year, for a total of 1,776 downloads since its release through the end of 2019.
- Proceeds from book donations on LeanPub totaling $15.47 were donated to Everybody Solar
- Learn more or download one of the “Lean Six Sigma for Good” books >>>
In 2019, we trained 518 people, for a total of 3,612 classroom hours.
2019 can be summarized to the following key points:
- Reduced Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 0.7 metric tons (16%)
- Donated the equivalent of 14 solar panels to nonprofits
- Donated 83 hours to nonprofit organizations, and 8 hours of free training to the general public
- Released final version of book formats to further inspire others to volunteer with nonprofits
- Donated 1.5% of revenues to nonprofits, and volunteered 4.1% of time of a full-time employee