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Learning From Fellow B Corps

Part of being a B Corp is creating constructive impacts for our personal employees. In 2021 we have been honored to obtain the excellence of Best For the World within the “Workers” class, that means we ranked within the prime 5% of B Corps worldwide. We earned this honor due to firm initiatives similar to employee-ownership, paid household depart, and versatile scheduling. As particular person co-owners, we’re all the time making an attempt to raised ourselves internally as effectively.

Every employee-owner at ReVision will get an annual training stipend that they’ll use for skilled growth; up to now staff have used this to attend conferences, enroll in courses, and take part in neighborhood management applications. But past this particular person stipend, ReVision is all the time searching for exterior alternatives that provide worth and development to complete groups and departments.

When doable, we love working with different B Corps. Of course, this implies supporting our B Corp neighbors: shopping for espresso from Wicked Joe and Coffee By Design, and equipping our installers with Badger Balm sunscreen. But there are additionally quite a lot of B Corps that present providers to different organizations, spreading their B Corp values by helpful trainings and occasions. Below are only a few that we’ve labored with just lately.

Emzingo

In 2020, ReVision Energy partnered with Drew Bonfiglio and his workforce at Emzingo, a fellow B Corp, to design a homegrown management program with content material personalized to the wants of ReVision Energy employee-owners. Emzingo provides coaching applications world wide, specializing in accountable management and equipping people to deal with international challenges. Throughout 2021 we rolled out the management coaching to teams of ReVision employee-owners, specializing in matters similar to connection, belief, and communication. Emzingo’s workforce helped run these trainings and created robust bonds within the teams, which spanned departments, groups, and geographic areas.

The South Portland workforce participates in an Emzingo workshop, October 2021

At our first in-person department conferences, held outdoors after months of interruption from COVID, Emzingo helped ReVision rollout a collection of workshops on Courageous Conversations to staff at every of our 5 branches. Together, ReVision co-owners explored profitable methods for managing private {and professional} conversations.

Roughly 1 / 4 of ReVision’s fast-growing workers have accomplished the five-session ReVision Energy Leadership Program with the assistance of Emzingo. We proceed to collaborate on extending this coaching to all of ReVision Energy’s co-owners and incorporating extra alternatives to combine Emzingo’s work into our firm’s material.

“Emzingo has been a great partner in helping us strengthen our ability to develop connections across the company amidst all of the challenges of operating a construction business during a global pandemic,” mentioned Vaughan Woodruff, ReVision’s Director of Training. “ReVision’s efforts to address the climate crisis requires us to continue to invest in growing a new generation of clean energy professionals and to demonstrate the ability for business to be a force for good. Our success hinges on our ability to provide a place where people feel connected, supported, and able to effectively manage the myriad challenges we face as we work to create a vibrant future for our communities. Having another B Corp like Emzingo who understands these challenges and can provide a critical outside perspective about how we strengthen ourselves in this effort has been invaluable.”

Amicus

Solar Charging Trailers Headed to Puerto Rico, 2017

ReVision Energy is a proud member of the Amicus Solar Cooperative, a nationwide buying cooperative of unbiased solar corporations, collectively owned and democratically managed by member corporations. By banding collectively small, mission-driven solar corporations like ReVision should buy solar panels collectively, thereby getting the majority reductions given to the massive nationwide corporations. Amicus’ mission is to assist values-driven, independently-owned solar energy corporations working daily to create local weather justice. Amicus itself is a B Corp, and most of the member corporations are additionally B Corps, together with SunCommon, Positive Energy Solar, and Namaste Solar. In 2017 we partnered with Amicus to convey solar to Puerto Rico within the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

In addition to the bulk-buying advantages, we additionally work intently with different Amicus members to share finest practices, brainstorm new concepts, and usually work collectively to uplift solar in America. Smaller, position-specific teams similar to advertising and marketing and gross sales, meet month-to-month to debate successes and challenges, and a Women of Amicus group meets often to assist ladies throughout roles in a historically male-dominated trade.

“I like the group because it’s women in different roles with different experiences, but they’re all scenarios that could be happening at ReVision,” mentioned ReVision Marketing Manager Brittany Angelo, “We are able to relate and connect to each other’s work because we are in the same industries, but we are all so different. I learn so much and it’s fun to be open and hear from others with similar challenges”

Habitus

Based out of Boston, Habitus teaches communication abilities to organizations who’re working in the direction of environmental and social justice. They’ve given our New Hampshire and Massachusetts groups helpful sources to raised relay our personal values and spotlight our mission in our every day work. One of Habitus’ specialties is negotiation trainings. Since we don’t use “negotiation” within the true sense of the phrase, this was extra about what methods we, as solar designers, can make use of to ask higher questions, pay attention extra rigorously, and basically cater our customized designs in a manner that meets consumer objectives higher from the primary move.

“We want to arrive at a deeper common understanding more quickly,” mentioned Sales Director Malcolm Sonnett, “This is Habitus’ specialty. So the ideal end result is we are more efficient with everyone’s time and are creating a better experience.”

 

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