Fireclay Tile joins an elite group of respected companies -- including Etsy, Warby Parker, Patagonia and Method -- as one of few design brands that together use the power of business to address social and environmental issues. To date, there are over 1,000 Certified B Corporations from more than 60 industries in 34 countries with one unifying goal -- to redefine success in business. Fireclay is the first tile manufacturer to be earn the B Corp status.
"This commitment cements our business mission to create high quality products that last, while having a positive impact on our employees, the environment and our customers," said Eric Edelson, CEO of Fireclay Tile. "Certified B Corporation status provides a legal framework for continued improvement by institutionalizing the values of our founder Paul Burns."
B Corp certification assesses the operations of the entire company, not just the products. It considers governance, workers, community and the environment, scoring them based on proven processes and transparency in these areas. The certification locks in these values, protecting a company from investors who may challenge socially-minded decisions that eat into profitability.
Fireclay Tile's Path to B Corp:
- Producing quality tiles handmade from locally sourced and recycled materials (including: granite dust from a neighboring quarry, recycled toilets from hotels, glass bottles from curbside pickup and solar industry waste) in California since 1986
- Offering employees good benefits, career advancement opportunities, living wages and company-wide bonus program, and an ownership stake in the employee-owned business
- Meeting carbon offset certifications, balancing the footprint of shipping with 100% recycled boxes and sawdust used for packing materials
- Offering customers a superb level of service, complete with free design consultation, free installation renderings, free samples and free shipping
For more information on what makes Fireclay Tile a better company, view the company's B Impact Report and B Score.