We Value Our Community of Partners

Dharma believes that for real social change to come about, there needs to be dedicated individuals, committed businesses, and powerful organizations that can amplify this collective voice to actually have an impact. There are a few associations to which Dharma belongs that influence public perception and policies which can have a lasting impact on people and the planet.

Membership Associations

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American Sustainability Business Council.  ASBC advocates for policy change at the federal and state level that supports a more sustainable economy. The Council spans a growing network of business associations across the United States, which in turn represents over 200,000 businesses and 325,000 business executives, owners, investors, and others.

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Conscious Capitalism. Conscious Capitalism, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating the theory and practice of Conscious Capitalism; a way of thinking about capitalism and business that better reflects where we are in the human journey, the state of our world today, and the innate potential of business to make a positive impact on the world.

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Green Business Network. Green America’s Green Business Network® is the first, largest, and most diverse network of socially and environmentally responsible businesses in the country. Comprised of 3,000 businesses, it is home to both rising social and eco enterprises and the most established green businesses around.

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Social Venture Network. SVN began in 1987 as a small group of value-oriented entrepreneurs and leaders who gathered for a meeting at Gold Lake Ranch in Colorado. Today, SVN is a highly influential network of accomplished, values-driven business leaders, social entrepreneurs, and impact investors. The concept behind Social Venture Network might seem conventional today, but its beginning was the result of an uncommon vision. As Josh Mailman says, “We decided to build a new paradigm: one in which business operates to add value to society — without compromising the well-being of future generations.”

Certifying Partners

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B Corporation. Certified B Corporations are leading a global movement to redefine success in business. By voluntarily meeting higher standards of transparency, accountability, and performance, Certified B Corps are distinguishing themselves in a cluttered marketplace by offering a positive vision of a better way to do business. “Using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.”

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Better Business Bureau. Advancing marketplace trust for buyers and sellers. BBB sees trust as a function of two primary factors – integrity and performance. Integrity includes respect, ethics and intent. Performance speaks to a business’s track record of delivering results in accordance with BBB standards and/or addressing customer concerns in a timely, satisfactory manner.

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Green America. Harnessing economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. Green America’s work combines four powerful strategies: (1) Empowering individuals to make purchasing and investing choices that promote social justice and environmental sustainability; (2) Demanding an end to corporate irresponsibility through collective economic action; (3) Promoting green and fair trade business principles while building the market for businesses adhering to these principles; (4) Building sustainable communities in the US and abroad.

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Merchant Maverick. Merchant Maverick is a comparison site that reviews and rates credit card processors, POS software companies, shopping carts, and mobile payments services. We also write informative articles about the industry as a whole. The goal is to educate you about the industry and the companies involved so you can make an informed decision. “Unbiased reviews that save you time and money.”

Business Partners

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Bay Point Benefits. BayPoint Benefits offers the technology, expertise, and transparency to save money and increase the quality of employee benefit programs and administration. BayPoint prides itself on subscribing to sustainable business practices, striving to solve, rather than cause both environmental and social problems. We have adopted principles, policies, and practices that improve the quality of life for employees, communities, and the environment. BayPoint Benefits is a Triple Green Certified Business, earning Green America’s Green Business Seal of Approval, the San Francisco Green Business Certification, and the Bay Area Green Business Certification.

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Equator Coffees & Teas. In 2011, Equator was the first coffee roaster in the U.S. to become a certified B Corp., solidifying its role as a company that is part of a global movement redefining impact and success in business, while valuing everyone in the supply chain. From their farmers’ communities to their local cafés, Equator’s mission is to create a positive impact. They support projects around the world that improve quality of life and food security in coffee growing regions.

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equitybydesign. Financial operations management. Equity By Design is a business consultancy that “accounts for what matters.” Committed to the growth and empowerment of entrepreneurs and small businesses owners, CFO Monique Lusse consults with companies and non-profits across many industries, helping them get clarity and peace of mind around all aspects of their numbers, whether they are in start up, expansion or wind down. “I believe that business has the responsibility to be in service to social, environmental and economic justice – one way to do that is to design equity into the financial systems up front so that they create the space for thrival, not just survival.”

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Give Something Back Office Supplies. Streamlined office supply purchasing. Over the past 23 years, Give Something Back has donated over $6 million dollars in profits back to amazing nonprofits across the Western region while offering competitive prices and superior service. Our purpose: We exist to improve the quality of life in our communities. We do this by serving and delighting our customers, giving time and profits to our community, growing employees and helping them realize their full potential, and leading others by inspiring them to give, serve, and grow.

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Greenerprinter.com. Greenerprinter’s mission is to demonstrate that a manufacturing business can operate in harmony with the planet while maintaining profitability. Our team believes in the triple bottom line: People, planet and profit. Profit is not the motive, but the means to the end. We recognize that we have responsibility to be a part of the solution to the many environmental challenges that we all face. We see the road to sustainable manufacturing as a long journey, but we will never deviate from our commitment to the environment, our employees, our customers and pursuit of a harmonious business model for others to follow. “The Responsible Way To Print.”

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Hanson Bridgett. Hanson Bridgett is a law firm with more than 150 attorneys in offices in San Francisco, Sacramento, the North Bay and the East Bay. Serving clients since 1958, we are well known in Northern California and have earned a national reputation in many of our practice areas. We are a certified B Corp and are socially responsible members of our communities. Our firm is driven by a commitment to diversity, charitable giving, pro-bono legal work and hands-on service. We are a dedicated green business and strive to make sustainable choices for all of our business decisions.

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Honeyman Sustainability Consulting. Honeyman Consulting helps companies save money, improve employee satisfaction, and increase brand value by helping them use business as a force for good. Ryan Honeyman is a sustainability consultant, executive coach, keynote speaker, and author of The B Corp Handbook: How to Use Business as a Force for Good, and helps businesses become Certified B Corporations and maximize the value of their B Corp certification.

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Management Resources. We are the country’s leading management and leadership services firm dedicated to the small to mid-sized, fast-growth, and socially responsible business owner. We offer coaching and project work helping companies run better, specializing in fast-to-explosive growth businesses, green/social-purpose businesses, partnerships and family businesses. We are committed to the “triple bottom line” in all our practices: People, Planet, Profit. We have a social mission, an environmental mission, and a financial mission. Our choices in purchasing, operations, transportation, all areas of the business – even who we do with business with – are with this in mind.

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Mightybytes. Creative digital solutions for conscious companies. A Certified B Corporation and one of Illinois’ first legal Benefit Corporations, Mightybytes is a creative firm committed to creating positive environmental and social change while providing unparalleled support to our clients. If you need custom software development, social media campaign planning, new branding, or some SEO and analytics strategy, our team has the expertise and vision to bring your ideas to life.

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Namaste Interactive Web Design. Conscious online marketing strategy & solutions for the LOHAS market. Namaste Interactive provides exceptional web design services and online solutions to people and organizations making a positive difference in our world. Founded in 2004 by web experts Chris Roy and Hong Vo, and profoundly inspired by their avid yoga practice, Chris and Hong fused their core values with their professional lives. This innovative approach to business has generated a one-of-a-kind web company that is both technically adept and completely human.

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New Resource Bank. New Resource Bank is the bank for people who are leading the way to a more sustainable world. We match an entrepreneurial spirit with a dedication to achieving environmental and social as well as financial returns. Our mission is to advance sustainability with everything we do—the loans we make, the way we operate and our commitment to putting deposits to work for good. In 2010, New Resource underscored its commitment to serving people, planet and profit by becoming a Certified B Corporation. New Resource was the first publicly traded (on the Over-the-Counter Bulletin Board) company to sign on.

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RSF Social Finance. RSF Social Finance (RSF) is a pioneering non-profit financial services organization dedicated to transforming the way the world works with money. In partnership with a community of investors and donors, RSF provides capital to non-profit and for-profit social enterprises addressing key issues in the areas of Food & Agriculture, Education & the Arts, and Ecological Stewardship.Founded in 1936 as the Rudolf Steiner Foundation, RSF Social Finance began making loans to Steiner-inspired organizations in 1984. In the late 1990s, RSF’s mission expanded to serve a broader range of clients whose intentions and values are compatible with Steiner’s insights on associative economics and social renewal.

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Salazar Packaging. Packaging products and custom design with economical, eco-friendly materials, equipment, and packaging supplies. We are committed to creating a packaging company that is part of the economic and environmental solution, rather than part of the fast growing problem, proudly serving hundreds of both very large and very small companies who do not have to choose between saving money and doing the right thing in terms of the environment. We often ask potential customers, “If you can use environmentally friendly packaging materials that perform and are competitively priced, why wouldn’t you?”

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SEO Slammer. In every SEO issue, SEO Slammer brings an unwavering willingness to fight for maximum search rankings, click-throughs and conversions. As a B Corp committed to social responsibility and sustainability in San Francisco, SEO Slammer has the knowledge and the experience to build a thorough and effective online presence.

Referral Partners

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Authorize.net. Connecting a website to the payment processing networks is exceptionally difficult and typically beyond the expertise and technical resources of most online merchants. Instead, merchants can easily connect to the Authorize.Net Payment Gateway, which provides the complex infrastructure and security necessary to ensure fast, reliable and secure transmission of transaction data. “Solutions for payment processing and online fraud prevention.”

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Beneficial State Bank. Beneficial State Bank (formerly One PacificCoast Bank, FSB & OneCalifornia Bank), grew from the vision of Tom Steyer and Kat Taylor and the team they formed to create a triple bottom-line bank and a supportive nonprofit foundation of the same name. In 2007, that vision was realized when OneCalifornia Bank and OneCalifornia Foundation opened in Oakland, Ca. Fashioned in the image of the great socially responsible banks and credit unions of national and international fame, the Bank is mandated to produce meaningful social justice and environmental benefits at the same time that it is financially sustainable.

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CalNonprofits. California Association of Nonprofits is a statewide alliance of nearly 10,000 organizations, representing and promoting California’s growing nonprofit sector. We work to bring the full power of nonprofits to strengthening communities. Our advocacy focuses on raising our members’ voice to policy makers, philanthropy and the public, and strengthening your ability to advocate on behalf of your community.

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CSAware. LocalHarvest and CSAware are run by a team of people who believe that family farms are cornerstones of our country’s past, present and future. LocalHarvest has been helping family farmers build strong businesses and has become a trusted marketing partner for our membership of over 25,000 farms and farmers markets. With CSAware, we make the administrative end of running a CSA smooth and straightforward, leaving farmers more time to focus on growing great food, building soil, and expanding business.

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4aGoodCause. Ecommerce, website and mobile solutions for nonprofits, schools and hospitals. We’re a small group of consultants, developers and designers with one simple mission: Help your nonprofit raise more money online. Our promise to you is that we’ll make it easy for donors to give you money online; you’ll pay low, fair fees that keep more of what you raise in your pocket; and you’ll get fast, personal customer service from a real person whenever you need it.

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Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition. Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to protecting the environment and conserving natural resources by helping the Chicago foodservice industry reduce its collective environmental footprint. GCRC educates the foodservice industry through partnerships, events and online educational materials, and educates the public about sustainable seafood, environmentally preferable and humane food, food labeling, and third party certifications attributed to common products and services.

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Namaste Interactive Web Design. Conscious online marketing strategy & solutions for the LOHAS market. Namaste Interactive provides exceptional web design services and online solutions to people and organizations making a positive difference in our world. Founded in 2004 by web experts Chris Roy and Hong Vo, and profoundly inspired by their avid yoga practice, Chris and Hong fused their core values with their professional lives. This innovative approach to business has generated a one-of-a-kind web company that is both technically adept and completely human.

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New Resource Bank. New Resource Bank is the bank for people who are leading the way to a more sustainable world. We match an entrepreneurial spirit with a dedication to achieving environmental and social as well as financial returns. Our mission is to advance sustainability with everything we do—the loans we make, the way we operate and our commitment to putting deposits to work for good. In 2010, New Resource underscored its commitment to serving people, planet and profit by becoming a Certified B Corporation. New Resource was the first publicly traded (on the Over-the-Counter Bulletin Board) company to sign on.

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San Francisco Made.  SFMade is a California 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, established in 2010 and headquartered in San Francisco. It is the only organization of its kind focused on building San Francisco’s economic base by developing the local manufacturing sector. SFMade’s mission is to build and support a vibrant manufacturing sector in San Francisco, that sustains companies producing locally-made products, encourages entrepreneurship and innovation, and creates employment opportunities for a diverse local workforce.

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Tech Soup. TechSoup Global, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was founded in 1987 on the belief that technology is a powerful enabler for social change. Since then, we’ve assembled a worldwide network of individuals and organizations that share this conviction. This network—one that you likely belong to—is working together to develop and share innovative solutions to our most urgent social challenges. “Global reach, local change.”