Best for Rhode Island is a statewide initiative that encourages businesses to assess and improve their community impact. The program educates, equips, and celebrates companies to create high quality jobs, strengthen communities, and preserve the environment through the power of business.

We envision that one day all companies in Rhode Island will compete not only to be the Best IN Rhode Island, but to be the Best FOR Rhode Island.

The program is made possible by a coalition of partners, including community organizations, business and trade associations, universities, government agencies, banks, and large employers who are committed to supporting your business and our state’s economy.


Explanation of the Three Participation Tiers

Best for Rhode Island Participants complete the 30-minute online Challenge assessment and take a pledge to continue their journey of impact measurement, management, and improvement. To celebrate their participation, Challenge Participants will:

  • Access free impact improvement resources and consultations
  • Be featured in published case studies and social media campaigns
  • Receive invitations to private networking events and opportunities
  • Be acknowledged at the Best for Rhode Island awards

Best for Rhode Island Finalists continue their journey by finishing the full B Impact Assessment–a comprehensive evaluation of their governance, worker, community, and environmental practices–and completing a short verification call. In addition to the resources available to Participants, Challenge Finalists will:

  • Receive a verified score on the B Impact Assessment
  • Access additional marketing support and technical assistance
  • Receive special recognition at the Best for Rhode Island awards

Best for Rhode Island Honorees are high-performing Finalists who are recognized for their high scores on the B Impact Assessment at the awards celebration. They may be recognized based on performance by impact area or by region or industry.

Honorees will receive additional publicity within Rhode Island and nationally.

About the Challenge, the Assessment and the Impact Management Platform

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The Best for Rhode Island Challenge is built around the B Impact Assessment, whose software and standards are developed by the nonprofit B Lab. The B Impact Assessment is used by Certified B Corporations, impact investing funds, business associations, and thousands of businesses around the world to measure and manage their impact.

B Lab is a nonprofit that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. Its vision is that one day all companies will compete no only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world.

Learn more about B Lab and the B Impact Assessment in our FAQs.

Best for Rhode Island is driven by a coalition of partners across the state.