Game developer 1st Playable Productions is the first video game-related company in the United States to receive "B Corporation" (B Corp) certification, the company announced today. B Corporation status is a standard that measures the social impact of a company on the environment and the community it does business in. It is also the first company in NY’s Tech Valley (the company is located in Troy, NY) to receive the distinction as well. B Corporation certification comes from the non-profit B Lab.
The company says that it has "long promoted social impact as part of the triple bottom line, combining both business profitability with community sustainability." The idea of B Corporations is that a successful business can create prosperity for all stakeholders.
"One challenge of pursuing the social impact aspect of our mission is that, unlike profit, it can be hard to measure," said 1st Playable CEO, Tobi Saulnier. "We were delighted to find a rigorous standard that we can use to hold ourselves accountable for what can otherwise come across as a collection of ideals instead of a way of doing business. The B Corp community of organizations share similar goals and establish high standards that we can use to evaluate and improve our performance, just as we do for the rest of our business."
1st Playable meets some of this criteria by engaging in activities such as its Games in Education community service events, development of games for education, and having team diversity that reflects the community it does business in.
1st Playable Productions develops handheld games for kids, such as Ben 10 and The Hidden on Nintendo 3DS, Shatoetry, and Where’s My Summer on mobile, and numerous LeapFrog games including Hello Kitty: Sweet Little Shops. The studio also creates games for educational research, such as Possible Worlds, working with EDC’s Center for Children and Technology.
You can learn more about the company at www.1stplayable.com.
You can for more information about B Corporations here.