May 15, 2012 //
In short, YES.
Today I read a post on Gigaom entitled “Can startups afford to be socially responsible?”. You should read the post to get all the facts but the short of it is this; startups can have B Corp. status. To become B Corp certified, companies must achieve 80 out of 200 possible points on a social and environmental assessment. And then there’s the cost of certification.
MetaCert is a socially responsible company due to the fact that we help to protect children from harmful content and some of our technology and resource is dedicated to helping The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) combat online child exploitation. However, I don’t believe we will ever dedicate any time, resource or money to apply for a certificate that says we do the above. We just do it.
We must all be more responsible in business and in society generally.