Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Best for PHL Challenge?

The Best for PHL Challenge encourages, supports, and recognizes companies in the Philadelphia region that commit themselves to creating positive impact. Best for PHL assists these businesses as they identify how they may be able to help address regional, social, and/or environmental problems. For example:

  • Providing family sustaining wages
  • Having family-friendly employee policies
  • Locating in or near the communities where employees live
  • Recognizing and leveraging the value of a diverse workforce
  • Utilizing their purchasing power to influence other businesses supporting their communities
Who is behind the Best for PHL Challenge?

Best for PHL is an initiative of ImpactPHL (www.impactphl.org). ImpactPHL unifies stakeholders from the investment, philanthropic, civic, and entrepreneurial ecosystems to lead the growth of a global movement uniquely poised to define Philadelphia’s present and future.

How do I participate in the Best for PHL Challenge?

Companies can take the Best for PHL Challenge on their own by visiting www.bestforphl.com/challenge, however, we encourage companies to start with a Best for PHL workshop where we will provide the context and support you need to complete the Best for PHL Challenge and provide resources to help you improve in whatever way you choose. Find and register for upcoming workshops at www.bestforphl.com/events

Most companies can complete the Best for PHL Challenge in 45 minutes, and we strongly encourage that you estimate your answers the first time through. The time involved largely depends on the size, age, and complexity (number of operating locations) of your company. For your convenience, the Best for PHL Challenge can be saved and revisited at any time to allow for easy access.

Can non-profits participate in Best for PHL?

Yes. Non-profits can participate by visiting www.bestforphl.com/nonprofit.

Does it cost anything to participate in the Best for PHL Challenge?

No, the Challenge is a free!

Who is the Best for PHL Challenge for?

The Best for PHL Challenge is applicable to all businesses, regardless of your business size (number of employees) or sector. When taking the Best for PHL Challenge, you will view questions that are tailored to the size and type (sector) of your business.

Non-profits can also participate using this link - www.bestforphl.com/nonprofit.

Who in our company should complete the Best for PHL Challenge?

Anyone that is interested, regardless of their title or tenure with the company. We recommend appointing one person as a lead; this individual typically completes a first draft of the Challenge and then convenes a supporting team to assist. The most common types of individuals involved with the Challenge include CEOs, CFOs, HR Managers, COOs, Associates, and Interns.

Who sees my answers to questions in the Challenge?

Your data is confidential. Answers from individual businesses are never shared publicly.

How can I access services or support to make improvements?

Best for PHL staff are here to help connect you to resources to help you implement changes in your company.

Who developed the questions and standards in the Best for PHL Challenge?

The questions and standards in the Best for PHL Challenge are created and revised by B Lab's Standards Advisory Council, a group of independent experts in business (www.bcorporation.net/what-are-b-corps/the-non-profit-behind-b-corps/standards-advisory-council). Expert working groups are convened in order to explore specific issues more closely in an objective manner. Updates are implemented every two years in order to accommodate new and innovative practices, respond to the feedback of its users, and to more accurately assess the impact of all types of businesses.

What is a B Corporation? And how do we become one?

Certified B Corporations (B Corps) are businesses that are leading the way in using business as a force for good. B Corp is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk. Unlike traditional businesses, B Corps meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Joining the Best for PHL Challenge is the first step to becoming a B Corp. Learn more about the full process at www.bcorporation.net/become-a-b-corp/how-to-become-a-b-corp. Today there is a growing community of more than 2,100 Certified B Corps from 40 countries and over 140 industries working together toward 1 unifying goal: to redefine success in business.

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