B Corporations take on the mantle of setting an example, operating under the philosophy of being the change they want to see in the world. This principle has evolved into a global movement embedding itself into the DNA of organizations, setting a new standard of conduct for “using business as a force for good” and driving real change across the globe.
Setting a New Standard of Conduct
To receive B Corp designation, companies are evaluated holistically and assessed in key impact areas consisting of Governance, Workers, Community, Environment, and Customers. We recognized that our company values closely aligned with the values and mission of what a B Corporation stands for and decided to pursue the certification process. Our company scored an impressive 92.5 points, exceeding the 80-point requirement for certification. This is a testament to the great work our employees do to create value for our partners, students, and their communities.
“Since its inception, Elsmere has prided itself on creating a transparent, socially responsible company where our core values drive everything that we do,” says Justin McMorrow, President. “Receiving this certification demonstrates who we are as a company and validates the impact each Elsmerian makes daily.”
Focus on Student and Partner Success
Our business model at Elsmere has always placed a focus on both student and partner success. One example where we are proud to be aligned with the B Corp values is how we empower our partner institutions by providing ongoing transparency and accountability. We help our partners build capacity, and openly share best practices, technology, and knowledge. From recruitment and enrollment to student success through graduation, our knowledgeable team aims to understand student needs and provide the support and resources necessary for students to enroll and complete their studies.
“At Elsmere, we are concerned about the economic challenges institutions are facing and the challenges that students face in financing their education. Our focus from day one was on creating value and a positive impact not just for our university partners but for the students as well. We invest a lot in market research to help our partners launch high-quality, sustainable programs that provide value to students looking to improve career opportunities or an aspect of their lives.”Justin McMorrow, President
The Foundation for Success
At Elsmere, we understand that we are only as successful as the team that serves our clients, prospective students, and students. Ensuring we are attracting and retaining the right talent who are passionate about learning and helping transform people’s lives is at the foundation of our success. This is why we place an emphasis on creating an inclusive and equitable environment where each employee feels respected and valued. As an organization, we consistently ask ourselves what we can do to improve or what can we provide for our employees who are the heart of this organization. When employees are taken care of and feel valued by their organization, it translates into their efforts on behalf of students.
Our dedicated employees embody the corporate values we strive to live by each day. Each employee brings a unique voice to the organization and has an opportunity to use that voice by participating in one of our committees including Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), Sustainability, Impact, and Elsmerian Committees. Whether providing training on equality and inclusion, organizing a company outing for team building, or providing volunteer opportunities to give back to their community, our employees are actively engaged in shaping the future of Elsmere.
Although we are excited to have received this esteemed certification, the work is only just beginning. This is not just a certification we are proud to call our own, this is a commitment to our continuous improvement across all areas of the organization, using business as a force for good and creating better outcomes for all our stakeholders.