Printer earns B Corp certification


The Swift team poses for a shot outside the company's office on the city's West Side. Courtesy Swift Printing & Communications

A West Side printing and communications company has been recognized for its social and environmental practices.

Grand Rapids-based Swift Printing & Communications is now one of two B Corp-certified commercial print shops in the world, according to Local First this week.

Swift is the 14th B Corp in West Michigan and the 17th in the state, Local First said.

Certified B Corporations are for-profit companies certified by B Lab, a nonprofit that rates companies based on their ability to meet standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.

Practices of Swift taken into account during the certification process include purchasing vehicles for employees as a bonus, donations to local charities, repurposing paper products into new products and demonstrating a commitment to sustainability.

Swift was one of the first print shops in the area to recycle its paper scraps, and the company is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

“As a family owned business, we felt it was important to make sure our values are part of our business for generations to come,” said Jessica Gutowski Slaydon of Swift Printing & Communications.

“When you become a B Corp, you don’t just get certified and you’re done. It challenges your business to continue to find ways to improve and grow. We truly care about supporting our community and making a positive impact, so it just made sense to become a B Corp.”

There are more than 2,000 certified B Corps from 50 countries and 130 industries.

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