February 13, 2018
Atomic Object is now a Certified B Corporation. “B Corps” are leaders in a global movement of people using business as a force for good. Through certification by the nonprofit B Lab, Atomic joins the ranks of other well-known B Corps, such as Ben & Jerry’s, Patagonia, New Belgium, and Seventh Generation.
To earn the certification, Atomic has proven it meets B Lab’s rigorous standards for social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. Through the completion of an extensive application, Atomic leaders demonstrated the company’s commitment to benefitting a broad range of stakeholders (employees, clients, its local Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor communities, the environment, etc.), in addition to generating profits for shareholders.
"Atomic Object is among a handful of world-class software consultancies that have achieved B Corp certification," said B Lab's Director of B Corp Engagement, Vale Jokisch. "As a certified B Corp, it's clear Atomic is a company that prioritizes its relationships with clients, employees, and the communities in which it operates as it seeks long-term success."
Over the last 17 years, Atomic has received national attention for its employee-owned structure; progressive parental leave benefits; investment in its cities and neighborhoods; crafting an award-winning workplace; and the social good it spreads through the innovative software products it creates for clients.
Atomic did not change its business policies or practices to satisfy the B Corp certification requirements, yet the consultancy scored well above the threshold needed to achieve Certified B Corp status.
“This certification tells me that what we’ve built isn’t just a collection of one-off decisions or the founders’ quirks,” said Atomic CEO and Co-founder Carl Erickson. “It is a validation of our cohesive strategy of treating people well and thinking about more than just revenue.”
Erickson says this strategy will continue to guide the company through the next 83 years, as Atomic fulfills its 100-year vision.
“I want Atomic to be a place where our success is defined in terms of products, profits, people, and place," he said. “The B Corp community recognizes and measures a broader, multi-stakeholder definition of ‘doing good,’ and that is Atomic’s future.”