MakerKids Announces B Corp Certification and Scholarships on GivingTuesday
Makerspace for kids meets higher standards of social impact and provides scholarships.
TORONTO – Dec 1, 2015 – On GivingTuesday, MakerKids Inc is proud to announce that it has received certification as a B Corporation because of its commitment to meeting rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. This prestigious designation has also been awarded to companies such as Etsy, Patagonia, and Ben and Jerry’s.
In celebration of this commitment, 10% of all purchases made on the MakerKids website on December 1st will go towards creating scholarships for low income families to come to MakerKids programs.
“Since its inception, MakerKids has strived to be at the forefront of creating programs that help children move from being consumers to creators, through learning robotics, coding, video game making, 3D printing, Minecraft, electronics, and more. We are thrilled to join other socially conscious Certified B Corps and work towards creating a better future for all.” – Jennifer Turliuk, CEO of MakerKids.
In order to become a Certified B Corporation, MakerKids underwent rigorous testing and evaluation in order to evaluate how its practices impact employees, community, customers, and the environment. B Corp certification is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk. B Corps are a new type of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.
About MakerKids: MakerKids is one of the only makerspaces for kids in the world, offering programs on topics such as robotics, 3D printing, coding, video game making, Minecraft, electronics, and more. The Board of Advisors includes the CEOs of Make Magazine and Arduino. MakerKids has been featured in Wired Magazine and staff have been invited to give talks at Maker Faire Bay Area, Maker Faire New York, and more. For more information, visit https://makerkids.com/certified-b-corporation/
About B Corporations: Certified B Corporations meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests, and build collective voice through the power of the unifying B Corporation brand. There are more than 1,300 Certified B Corporations from over 120 industries and nearly 50 countries with 1 unifying goal – to redefine success in business. B Corporations are leaders of the global movement of People Using Business as a Force for Good. For more information, visit http://www.bcorporation.net/community/makerkids, www.bcorporation.net, www.bimpactassessment.net, www.b-analytics.net and www.benefitcorp.net.
About GivingTuesday (#GivingTuesdayCA): GivingTuesday was launched in Canada in 2013 by GIV3 and CanadaHelps.org and lists 15 founding partners. GivingTuesday is a day for the entire charitable sector and encourages all Canadians to join the movement and give and volunteer for charities of their choice. GivingTuesday was originally founded in 2012 in the US by 92Y and the UN Foundation. http://givingtuesday.ca/partners/makerkids
For media inquiries, please contact:
Jennifer Turliuk – CEO, MakerKids. 647-400-7974 x 5 / [email protected]
Press release: https://docs.google.com/document/d/12WxAab8ajP-z0mqssxDaejWHLGeHJ04cMxYhIWkiw8Y/