Every year we get to stretch our creative muscles by creating meaningful brands, striking design and mind-blowing digital work for bright, passionate, experienced businesspeople who use entrepreneurial moxie to create products, services, and business models that benefit society.
Public Benefit + B Corp
Public Benefit + B Corp
Not only do we get to work with social enterprises, we are one. As a Certified B Corp and Idaho’s first Public Benefit Corporation we are doing our best to make hay for social change.
In 2016 we spent over 150 hours volunteering in our community. Events included mock interviews with refugees, helping with erosion efforts in the Boise Foothills, working with adults with developmental disabilities, electronically tagging library books, and more.
Additionally, seven of our employees traveled to the Dominican Republic for a week of service projects.
Health and Wellness
Health and Wellness
We offer a variety of benefits for the health and wellbeing of our employees, including:
100% employer-paid medical, dental, and vision benefits
Alternative transportation stipend
Quarterly health and wellness allowance
A fleet of office bikes for employee use
In 2016 we contributed $189,178 in time, money, and services for causes and organizations, including:
HATCH Ostinato Project
Treefort Music Fest
Jim Walker Crowdfunding
We had a rough winter at Oliver Russell, but the changes we put in place last year helped us reduce our overall electricity and water use while only seeing a small bump in our gas (heating) use during one of the worst winters in Idaho history.
We saw a reduction of 20.83% despite increasing the total number of people in the building.
INCREASE IN STAFF
7,480 TOTAL less GALLONs used
DecreasE in CCF
Last year we set some goals. Let’s see how we did.
Increase the percentage of work from purpose- driven clients that have products, services, or business models that benefit society.
We saw a 22% rise in purpose-driven clients over the past year. In 2016, 83% of Oliver Russell’s clients were purpose-driven with products and services that included park conservation, smart commuting, online business giving and more.
Improve upon the amount of work we do that contributes to underserved populations.
In 2015, 16% of our work helped make a difference to underserved populations. That number increased to 33% in 2016 with projects like Long Live Idaho and B1G1. The former is a program that encourages healthy eating and active living among underserved populations in Idaho while the latter is an online giving platform for businesses that supports neglected communities around the world.
Identify a CO2 tracking system and begin measuring our impact vs. our efforts to offset carbon emissions (through alternative transportation, energy usage, carbon credits, etc.)
Unfortunately, we didn’t find a tracking solution that worked for our specific use case. Moving forward, we will continue to work to reduce our CO2 emissions by encouraging alternative forms of commuting and reducing overall energy use.
While we didn’t meet all of 2016’s goals, we are proud of what we accomplished and definitely learned a lot as we worked toward achieving them.
Let’s look ahead at 2017 and see what the future holds for Oliver Russell.
Benefit Director Statement
As an Idaho Public Benefit Corporation, the Oliver Group, Inc. (dba Oliver Russell & Associates, LLC) acted in accordance with its general public benefit purpose and any specific public benefit purpose in all material respects during the period covered by the report.
The directors and officers have complied with sections 30-2007 and 30-2009, Idaho Code, respectively. The benefit corporation did not dispense with or restrict the discretion or powers of the board of directors.
Founder and President Russ Stoddard serves as benefit director and officer of the company and exercises the powers, duties, rights, and has the immunities of the board of directors and the benefit director.
There is no connection between our benefit corporation director and the organization that established the third-party standard (B Lab) or its directors, officers or any holder of 5 percent or more of the governance interests in the organization that might materially affect the credibility of the use of the third-party standard.
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