Each year B Lab, the independent nonprofit that certifies B Corporations — businesses who strive to benefit people and the planet alongside profits — names a set of companies deemed Best for the World. These pioneering companies score in the top 10 percent on the B Impact Assessment, meaning they are among the best companies in the world at creating positive outcomes for life on Earth. Future State is proud and humbled to be a Best for the World (BFTW) honoree in the category of workers. Here, CEO Shannon Adkins shares some of her insights about the importance of the people-first model, and what it’s meant for her business.
Winning BFTW means Future State is among the top companies in the world for worker treatment. What’s your motivation?
As the CEO of a 100% employee-owned firm, I am clear that my job is to create a compelling return to my shareholders — the great news for me is that my shareholders are also the team members I care for and collaborate with on a daily basis. I get excited to think about the possibility of creating lasting wealth for all of my team members: front line, back office and administrative, as well as each of our consultants and leaders through our ESOP.