Software firm earns B Corp certification


The software firm Atomic Object is based in Grand Rapids' Wealthy Street neighborhood. Courtesy Atomic Object

A local software firm has been certified as a B Corp.

Grand Rapids-based Atomic Object said today it earned B Corp status from B Lab, a nonprofit recognizing companies for their social and environmental practices, transparency and accountability.

"As a certified B Corp, it's clear Atomic is a company that prioritizes its relationships with clients, employees and the communities in which it operates as it seeks long-term success,” said Vale Jokisch, director of B Corp engagement, B Lab.

Atomic Object gained recognition for its employee-owned structure, progressive parental leave benefits, investment in its cities and neighborhoods and creating an award-winning workplace.

“This certification tells me that what we’ve built isn’t just a collection of one-off decisions or the founders’ quirks,” said Carl Erickson, co-founder and CEO, Atomic Object. “It is a validation of our cohesive strategy of treating people well and thinking about more than just revenue.”

Previously, the Business Journal reported Atomic Object was recognized by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, or ICIC, and Fortune magazine for its contribution to the Wealthy Street neighborhood where the firm is based.

Atomic said it did not change its business policies or practices to satisfy the B Corp certification requirements.

There are more than 2,400 certified B Corps from 50 countries and 130 industries, including a number from West Michigan, such as Swift Printing & Communications, Gazelle Sports, 616 Lofts and others.

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