Once you've measured your impacts, you'll know where you excel and where you can improve. Good For Michigan collects resources for businesses that include organizations, websites, blogs, and webinars. Please search by impact area. Sign up for our newsletter and follow our social for regular updates!
The impact a business has on its community can include inclusion and accessibility efforts, job creation, supplier relations, charitable giving, community services, and local involvement.
Customer impact includes products or services that are designed to address a particular social problem for or through its customers, such as health or education products.
Environmental impact includes a company's stewardship, utilities, natural resource use, emissions, and supply/distribution channels.
Governance includes the mission, ethics, accountability, and transparency of a company or organization.
The impact an employer has on its employees can make or break its workforce. Contributions to employee well-being, such as compensation and benefits, training, health and safety, and job flexibility can make a huge difference in staff loyalty.
As a program of the Local First Educational Foundation and People First Economy, Good For Michigan is led by these individuals. Learn more about the People First Economy team.
Trevor Corlett, Chair | Madcap Coffee
CJ Schneider, Secretary | Miller Johnson
Jason Wheeler, Treasurer | Wheeler Development Group / PURE Real Estate Management
Marissa Berghorst | EcoBuns Baby + Co.
Seth Getz | Business Mastery
Christine Lindeman | Sytsma Wealth Strategies
Doris Drain, Chair | United Bank of Michigan
Tarence E. Lauchiè, Vice-Chair | T. Lauchiè & Associates
CJ Schneider, Secretary | Miller Johnson
Jason Wheeler, Treasurer | Wheeler Development Group / PURE Real Estate Management
Gary Glass | Silver Lining Computer Services
Michelle Hoexum | Propeller
The journey to a regenerative economy starts with measuring your own impact. Depending on where you are in yours, you can use one or both of these measurement tools. To become Good For Michigan, you must complete the SDG Baseline or finish at least 25% of the B Impact Assessment. To stay Good For Michigan, you must retake either assessment every two years.
If you need help at any point in these assessments, please email us!
The SDG Action Manager is a free online tool that is designed to help business set and achieve measurable, positive goals in comprehensive sustainability. It includes an initial Baseline assessment of 25-35 questions depending on the industry and size of business. This tool also recommends which of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) your business has the most opportunity to contribute a solution. After completing the Baseline, your company will be able to access the rest of the 17 SDG modules and will receive a report that outlines where it excels, has areas for growth, and give it pathways to that growth.
The B Impact Assessment (BIA) is another free online assessment tool that measures and categorizes the impact of your business in the following areas: Governance, Workers, Community, Customers, and Environment. This assessment can be used to help companies guide their sustainability efforts. The BIA is also what Certified B Corps™ complete in order to receive B Corp Certification™.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests. Learn more
Good For Michigan businesses and Certified B Corps use the SDG Action Manager to track their progress and set goals. Developed by B Lab and the United Nations Global Compact, the SDG Action Manager is an impact management solution that enables businesses to take action on the Sustainable Development Goals through 2030.
The SDG Action Manager enables dynamic self-assessment, benchmarking, and improvement through a series of questions, guidance, and performance scores related to the Sustainable Development Goals and the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact in areas of human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption. It is a confidential self-assessment tool that is free and easy to use. Get started!
A: Yes. All data and assessment results from the SDG Baseline are carried over to the B Analytics platform. B Analytics has and will continue to house all assessment results from the BIA and SDG Action Manager, and will maintain an archive of all past QIA results. This will allow Good For Michigan to continue generating Impact Improvement reports for program participants and allow us to help your company track its sustainability progress over time.
A: The result of an inclusive global consultation, the Sustainable Development Goals (also known as the Global Goals, or SDGs for short) are a collection of 17 interconnected goals that were agreed to by 193 United Nations member states in 2015. They serve as a blueprint to build a better world for people and our planet by 2030.
A: The SDG vision calls for a deep transformation in which business must not only participate but lead — going beyond mapping business as usual to the SDGs, to rethinking business models and using a collective voice to ignite further action.
A: The SDG Action Manager is a web-based impact management solution for businesses of all sizes around the world to meaningfully improve their progress on the Global Goals.
A: Thousands of companies from around the world including Africa, Europe, Latin America, and North America are using the SDG Action Manager.
A: No, this solution is intended for businesses.
A: No, the SDG Action Manager is a self-assessment impact management solution designed for businesses to internally assess and manage their efforts toward the SDGs.
A: Yes. While the SDG Action Manager is designed for businesses, other organizations can use it as a free public solution in the same way that a business could.
A: Our insights showed that awareness for the Sustainable Development Goals was high among companies, but they lacked the tools and direction to get started and take action. With this need in mind, we joined forces to bring together our content expertise and unique approaches to corporate sustainability through the SDG Action Manager.
A: The SDG Action Manager features select questions from the B Impact Assessment that have been mapped to the SDGs, supplemented by new performance measures informed by the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact and the SDGs, as well as the expertise of our content advisors.
A: The B Impact Assessment is a tool that companies use to manage their impact on their workers, community, customers, and the environment. High verified performance on the BIA is one of the three requirements for a company to be eligible to earn B Corporation Certification. Developed by B Lab and the UN Global Compact, the SDG Action Manager incorporates the 10 Principles of the UN Global Compact and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to enable businesses to identify risks areas, track improvement, access resources, and manage their impact on the SDGs throughout their operations, supply chain, business model, and collective action. The SDG Action Manager will enable users to integrate the BIA’s comprehensive, stakeholder-based view, with a more focused look at their performance on the Sustainable Development Goals.
A: The SDG Compass developed by the UN Global Compact in partnership with GRI and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development guides companies on how they can align their strategies as well as measure and manage their contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals. The guide presents five steps that assist companies in maximizing their contribution to the SDGs. The SDG Action Manager is a web-based impact management solution to enable businesses to take action on the Sustainable Development Goals through 2030. It enables meaningful business action through dynamic self-assessment, benchmarking, and improvement.
You've begun your journey to social and environmental sustainability. After you complete the Baseline or B Impact Assessment, you will join hundreds of Michigan businesses in a growing movement towards a more resilient and regenerative economy.
First, we need to gather some contact and demographic information from you. Some questions will be repeated in the assessment, but please complete it to the best of your ability.
The metrics gathered in the Baseline and B Impact Assessment help us create a larger picture of the businesses that are participating in this initiative. We know that Michigan businesses are made up of a wide variety of industries, ownership demographics, and size. We want to make sure we're representing you the best we can!
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A: Good For Michigan inspires, equips and celebrates companies that create high-quality jobs, stronger communities and a healthier Great Lakes region. It offers resources and best practices for sustainability and social good. Good for Michigan welcomes and encourages all companies to participate, regardless of local ownership, size or location.
A: Local First is West Michigan’s leading resource for companies looking to make a positive impact in their community. Through Good For Michigan, Local First is equipping businesses with the tools they need to use their business as a force for good, and celebrating them for making a positive impact in the community.
A: Good For Michigan brings together a growing number of companies with a demonstrated commitment to positive environmental and social change. Any company that is interested in learning how to make a positive social and environmental impact in the community is welcome to participate.
A: Businesses and nonprofits can become Good For Michigan by completing the SDG Baseline Tool. This tool measures social, environmental, and economic impacts and helps set goals for the future. It's free to complete and confidential.
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A: We encourage businesses of all sizes and industries to participate. A diverse range of West Michigan businesses are already participating in Good For Michigan, from an engineering firm to a brewery to restaurants to a housing development company to design firms and more.
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Good For Michigan brings together and recognizes companies across Michigan that are making a positive impact on their employees, their community, and the environment. This initiative offers resources and best practices for sustainable and social good. Good For Michigan is proud to be the B Local for the states. B Locals are place-based communities of people using business as a force for good.
Businesses that are Good For Michigan have quantified the impacts their business makes on the community, the environment, their employees, and their governance structure. They use the SDG Baseline or the B Impact Assessment as a roadmap to a better future.
There is a robust network of entrepreneur support organizations in Michigan, all responsible for their own community of businesses. Good For Michigan works with dozens of these organizations to give them the tools necessary to lead their businesses into a powerful global movement towards a regenerative economy.
Becoming a B Corp can take weeks or months of preparation. Let us help you through it! We can make sure you get on the right track and are accurately portraying your company.
As we build relationships across Michigan, we also meet organizations that can help businesses improve on their measured impacts. Learn more about each impact area:
Local First launched the Good for Grand Rapids campaign. Its goal was to recognize companies making a measurable, positive contribution to Grand Rapids. During its first year, roughly 70 businesses took the Quick Impact Assessment. Of these, eight top-scoring businesses were selected to receive the Good for Grand Rapids Awards at the first annual awards ceremony.
Since then, the campaign has grown into a separate, statewide initiative now known as Good For Michigan. Businesses all over Michigan are using the QIA to measure what matters: their impact on the community, their employees, and the environment.
Click here to see a list of the current Good For Michigan businesses.
The Good For Michigan program gains traction and continues to support businesses in their sustainability journey. Check out a few highlights in the Annual Report.
In January 2020, our partners at B Lab and the United Nations launched the SDG Action Manager, a free online tool that is designed to help businesses set and achieve measurable, positive goals in comprehensive sustainability. Good For Michigan aligned with this global tool and now uses it to help Good For Michigan businesses benchmark and track their success.