As our March edition focused on Costa Rica’s Certified B Corporations continues, we’re proud to introduce four businesses that are making this project possible.
From Uvita on the south-central Pacific coast to Bijagua on the northern plains, and from cleaning products to photography, the four sponsors of “Measuring Up” bring diverse perspectives on the B Corp Movement that has shaped their own lives as entrepreneurs, and their impact on their community.
We’re grateful to these beloved Costa Rican brands that are going above and beyond during B Corp Month to make possible our in-depth look at this topic at the B Impact Assessment that all participating businesses use to measure their positive impact and practices in five key areas: governance, community, workers, environment, and customers.
Here’s a bit about each one—before we dive into each sponsor’s story in the coming days, showing in their own words how one of those five areas has affected their work.
Bodhi Surf & Yoga
“Bodhi Surf + Yoga is a surf and yoga camp located in Bahia Ballena, Osa, Costa Rica — a small, still relatively untouched community in the Southern Pacific Zone. It is located at the footsteps of the Marino Ballena National Park, a place where the jungle, ocean, and mountains meet; a unique backdrop for a place to immerse yourself in nature, recharge, become energized, and “awaken your inner surfer.” …As a tourism-based business, Bodhi Surf + Yoga strives to provide its guests with holistic and unique travel experiences that promote responsible tourism, facilitate community engagement, and encourage individuals to see the world (and their role in it!) with fresh eyes.”
Casitas Tenorio B&B
“Casitas Tenorio is dedicated to delivering high quality, authentic travel experiences for tourists who seek to become engaged in rural community tourism in Costa Rica,” states the website of this rural B&B based in Bijagua, near the famed Río Celeste in northern Costa Rica. “We endeavor to deliver high quality personalized service and authentic experiences based on sustainable travel practices… Our aim is to share with our guests various aspects of rural Costa Rican life in a manner that enhances their vacation expectations and cultural curiosity which will lead to long lasting memories and relationships for both the visitor and the hosts at Casitas Tenorio and our local community.”
Read more here.
“Florex is a Costa Rican-owned Central American company leading the region in the design, development and marketing of integral cleaning solutions–with the purpose of improving the quality of life and general wellbeing of people in their own homes, institutions and industries–by offering products and services that are truly environmentally friendly throughout their entire life cycles. Florex… adopted a sustainable development approach that generates value during the entire life cycle of a product through the use of integrated environmental and quality management systems. This has fostered a culture of innovation and continuous improvement.”
Read more here.
“We are a proud part of the first batch of B Corps in Costa Rica, which seek to change how the world understands and does business,” this family-owned photography business shares on its website. “We seek to provide a solution to social and environmental problems from our business itself, without losing sight of profitability, but generating a positive impact… Juan José and his sons, Sergio and Giancarlo, have been on the road in Costa Rica for more than 35 years—from the most modern highways to its narrowest trails, the ones that sometimes disappear among the vegetation at the heart of the mountain. Their love for nature and photography is the center of a productive relationship that has resulted in a family publishing house that brings forth works under the Pucci label.”
Read more here.