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Becoming a B Corp: 14 brands that use business for good (including the Libby app)


Mar 03, 2023

What do Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Patagonia, Warby Parker and the Libby app have in common? All are Certified B Corp brands which, in short, means they use business as a force for good.

Certified B Corporation logo

If you’ve ever noticed the circled “B” on anything from your snack packaging to a label on your new pair of pants, you may have wondered about the story behind it. That “B” lets you know the product is from a B Corp, a business committed to social and environmental good. Those that have received this challenging certification must continually prove that they’re balancing profit with purpose.

March is B Corp month, and to celebrate, we’re diving into more about how OverDrive, the creators of Libby, and many other brands are doing their bit for a brighter future.

How brands become B-certified

Currently, there are 6,000 Certified B Corporations (and counting!) in more than 80 countries and over 150 industries such as manufacturing, consulting, solar energy and law. All have one goal: To use business to benefit people, communities and the planet. But it’s no small feat to get there. In order to receive the B Corp Certification, companies must complete a rigorous assessment of their practices and outputs across five categories: Governance, workers, community, the environment and customers.

Organizations are certified by B Lab, a third-party nonprofit network, and the certification can take years to finalize. It’s a challenge to achieve—as it should be. In 2017, OverDrive proudly announced its certification and inclusion in this global movement for good.

OverDrive joins the B Corporation movement

Libby supports libraries

Working toward the greater good is just good business, and it’s just something libraries do every day. OverDrive’s mission from Day 1 has been rooted in supporting these efforts.

The B Corp Certification reinforces that pledge to effect positive change by working together with public libraries to empower communities and support literacy. By borrowing from your local library through the Libby app, you can feel good knowing you’re supporting this vital community resource and casting a conscious vote for better business.

Your dollar, your choice

As more of us strive to be more ethical consumers, we seek out companies that work to do things in a better way. Our dollar is our vote, and many of us choose to cast it for brands with transparent and sustainable practices, and those that choose to be kind to their employees and the planet.

For an easy way to identify these brands that are good to people and the planet, use this tool to find Certified B Corp companies near you.

In addition to the companies mentioned above, here are 10 more B Corp companies that you can feel good about supporting:

  • Thrive Market: Healthy food from top-selling, organic brands at wholesale prices
  • Allbirds: Comfortable shoes, flats and clothing made with natural materials like merino wool and eucalyptus
  • The Body Shop: Your one-stop-shop for all things skincare, haircare, bath & body and self-love
  • Seventh Generation: Eco-friendly cleaning and home-care products
  • TOMS: Stylish shoes, apparel and accessories
  • Veja: Creating sneakers in a different way, mixing social projects, economic justice and ecological material
  • Prose: 100% custom-made for your hair type, goals and lifestyle
  • Bombas: Comfort-focused sock and apparel brand with a mission to help those in need
  • Thread Coffee Roasters: Women and queer-owned roaster in Baltimore that roasts fair trade and organic coffee from around the world
  • Radio Flyer: Helps families stay at home with their loved ones with toys that spark hours of fun and imaginative play
  • ... and of course, the Libby app, by OverDrive! Borrow an ebook or audiobook from your library and feel good about the difference we’re all making together.

Learn more about the movement

Check out the B Corp website to learn more, or get involved in the conversation on social with #WeGoBeyond, #BCorpMonth and #BCM2023.


About the Author

Annie Suhy has been working in the book industry since 2006. When she’s not working, practicing yoga or petting cats, she’s doing paint-by-numbers or buying more plants. An avid poetry fan, her favorite collection is "The Splinter Factory" by Jeffrey McDaniel.


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