Triple Bottom Line: A Sharing Culture
As a Triple Bottom Line business, we structure not solely toward economic gain, but also toward environmental and social contributions: People, Planet, Profit.
We realize that our endeavor does not operate in a vacuum, but rather can best flourish in a symbiotic interchange between ourselves, our community, and our living earth. To accomplish this, we consciously develop new ways to responsibly contribute across this spectrum, and this evolution in thinking has resulted in the following lines of thought & action.
We view People on two scales: Our Team and Our Community. We recognize that in the accelerated pace of modern society, we must provide our team with opportunities for healthy personal balance. We do this through generous paid time off & holidays, flexible schedules, comprehensive benefits, and a commitment to sane and reasonable hours expectations. We also operate via collective decision-making, ensuring each voice is heard and valued. We engage our Community through active participation in organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Boulder Green Building Guild, as well as monetary & pro-bono support for local non-profits through our inclusionary profit-sharing plan.
Not integrating the Planet in our business model would be inconceivable - indeed, our awareness of environmental concerns forms the foundation of our practice. Yes, unwaveringly purchasing 100% recycled paper supplies, employing a local green cleaning company, and supporting our studio’s energy needs via wind power is more costly. It is also a faithful extension of our commitment to act as a responsible tenant of planet Earth.
Ultimately, we operate as a for profit business. However, what we accomplish with that profit becomes an extension of our ethos. Our fair-share profit distribution program includes every employee - and the community gets a share as well. Each year, we make donations to select local environmental or housing related non-profits representing 10% of our annual profits.
We view the Triple Bottom Line business model as one that creates a culture of sharing: sharing our successes with our team and our community, and sharing the responsibility of creating a more sustainable future.