Certified B Corporations® (B Corps™) are for-profit companies that use the power of business to build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.
They meet the highest verified standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. Instead of relying upon non-profits and charities and government, we believe in using business as a force for good, and a force for change.
On August 2nd 2019 Barriston Law became the first B Corp™ certified law firm in Ontario, the third in Canada, and 35th in the world.
“When I watched the presentation on B-Corp™ certification I was pretty impressed by what it stands for. Now to get the certification makes me even more proud to work at Barriston.”
Our firm is beneficially owned by our ten Partners, making us a 50% women owned business. Our Partners also form our Board of Directors and trust an Executive Committee, made up of our Managing Partner, Chief Operating Officer and two ad-hoc Partners, to meet bi-weekly to make ongoing business decisions.
Firm members are encouraged to support local charity and not-for-profit organizations that help improve our communities. Many firm members benefit by getting paid time off from work to attend club meetings or local fundraisers such as our Barrie Fun Run. Last year, our team members docketed 1,685 hours of community involvement time. Calculated at their hourly rate, that’s an investment of over $563,600.
When Barriston became certified, we made a promise to ourselves that we would do our part to introduce other local companies to B Corp™ and help them on their journey to becoming certified. We have teamed up with the Sandbox Centre, Busch Systems, and BDC to do just that.
In October 2020 we launched out B Corp Cohorts, which are an opportunity for businesses interested in becoming B Corps™ to come together and work through the certification under the guidance of businesses who have been through the process. Our Cohorts, also known as B Corp 1o1, assist these businesses in understanding the certification process, amending and creating policies, completing the assessment and rolling out B Corp™ to their staff.
We proudly support many charities and organizations in our communities. Having a longstanding and active presence in these areas has presented us with the opportunity to be involved with many charitable organization and give back to our community.