“We’ve always cared about being a good company, driven by purpose and meaningful change,” said Becky McKinnell, Founder and CEO of iBec Creative. “When the pandemic first hit in March 2020, the need to do more fueled us like never before – because to us, it became a fundamental responsibility to our work and world. It shined a spotlight on who we were as a company, what we believed in, and the power of what we could do as a team.”
The iBec team began the process in late 2020. “The idea of applying for the B Corp Certification was a light bulb moment. We’ve been doing the right thing for the last 16 years. It was officially time to take our history – and our future – and put an official seal of approval on our mission,” said McKinnell.
Certified B Corporations™ are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose, all verified through extensive requirements. These Certified B Corporations™ do right by their employees, customers, suppliers, the environment, and social initiatives. It’s not a short-term accolade, but instead commits companies to long-term positive impact by building it into the company’s legal structure. iBec Creative joins 11 other Certified B Corporations™ in Maine, including Allagash Brewing Company, Revision Energy, GWI, Androscoggin Bank, and Wicked Joe Coffee.
The B Corp Certification requires a thorough assessment process to verify companies meet these rigorous standards. iBec Creative demonstrated its impact through its proven commitment to helping local businesses, working with locally owned independent companies, demonstrating a tangible commitment to being a carbon-neutral organization, and implementing company-wide recycling and sustainability programs to help the environment. Above all, iBec Creative is most recognized for its customer stewardship, forever dedicated to helping Maine businesses thrive, now and in the future.
“We couldn't do this without the support of our loyal clients, and our current and past employees that are the best kind of humans,” said McKinnell. “We are honored to be part of this group of businesses that put kindness and responsibility first. Now as a Certified B Corporation™, we will always strive to do even more for our Maine community.”