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Name change reflects organization’s growing portfolio of certification and credentialing services

Washington, D.C. – (April 16, 2015) – The GBCI Board of Directors announced today that GBCI, formerly known as the Green Building Certification Institute, has changed its name to Green Business Certification Inc. It will continue to be referred to as GBCI.

“GBCI is a dynamic brand that has been synonymous with LEED and green building since it was founded in 2008,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO, GBCI. “GBCI’s name change is a true reflection of our direction and vision for the organization, which is to extend its core competencies of certification and credentialing services to organizations that want to advance green business and sustainability practices. Third-party validation has become a highly regarded value across the globe and GBCI is well-positioned to fulfill that need.”

GBCI is the only group to administer project certifications and professional credentials and certificates within the framework of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Green Building Rating System. GBCI also exclusively provides certification and credentialing services for the PEER standard for power systems; the WELL building standard for measuring, certifying and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being; and the GRESB benchmark, which is used by institutional investors to improve the sustainability performance of the global property sector.

As the premier independent, third-party global certification and credentialing body related to the green business industry, GBCI ensures best in class delivery and provides a supporting suite of services, including brand building and brand management, user experience, platform development and sales and marketing. For more information, visit gbci.org.

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Public Relations & Communications Director, U.S. Green Building Council
Thanks for reaching out, Glen. To answer your initial question, currently, there is not a rating system that certifies businesses specifically under the GBCI umbrella. GBCI has a proven track record of certification and credentialing success for LEED. This name changes reflects the natural progression of GBCI’s growth in all areas of sustainability. GBCI provide full service offerings for established certification platforms in all realms of sustainability. This includes brand building and brand management, user experience, platform development, sales and marketing. If you have additional questions, I’d be happy to discuss this further and can be reached at mlong@usgbc.org Thank you!
Director of Sustainable Education, GreenCE, Inc.
So, GBCI is going to start certifying companies? As an offshoot of USGBC is makes perfect sense for them to oversee building certifications, although I'm not sure how their deep knowledge of sustainable design and construction translates into assessment of business operations. In fact, this is literally moving from the tangible (buildings) into the intangible (human associations). Is there something already out there akin to "LEED for Companies"? I've seen a several organizational claims to "sustainability", although these typically deal with a narrow section of their operations (community involvement, procurement, etc.), but it seems unlikely that a single lens could be used to rate companies in the same way that LEED applies to buildings. Is there a leading business certification program that exists, and has addressed this issue of subjectivity? When I first heard of this change, I was scratching my head as to "why". Now that I've thought about it a little, I can see some of the potential pitfalls (looking at you litigation), and still have no idea why it makes sense to move from their established position as the preeminent building certification authority into one where they would be assessing an entirely new type of "thing" (businesses), that is pretty much unrelated to buildings.
PR and Communications Manager, UL Environment
Glen, do you think it's in response to - or seeing the value in - the B-Corp movement? https://www.bcorporation.net/
Director of Sustainable Education, GreenCE, Inc.
It could be, and after doing an in-state search, I can confirm that many of these organizations that are listed as B-Corps are indeed very sustainability oriented (in fact I've worked at one, although I don't think it had B-Corp status at that time). This is a good example of a fairly well rounded business certification program (covering both social and environmental issues), and it appears that there is a credible verification process, so it goes beyond simple self-attestation. Thank you Dagmar for pointing this one out.

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