Circular denim brand Mud Jeans and denim manufacturer Saitex landed on B Lab’s 2022 “Best for the World” list for their environmental performance.
Best for the World identifies the B Corps whose verified B Impact Scores in the five impact areas evaluated in the B Impact Assessment—community, customers, environment, governance, and workers—rank in the top 5 percent of all B Corps in their corresponding size group. The recognition is administered by B Lab, the global nonprofit network that certifies and mobilizes B Corps, which are businesses that meet high standards of positive social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.
There are more than 5,000 B Corps across 80 countries and 155 industries, unified by their goal to build an inclusive, equitable and regenerative economic system. AGI Denim in Pakistan, robotics and digital apparel company Unspun and L.A. denim label Good American are recently B Corp certified companies in the denim space.
Saitex earned an area score of 57.2 score in the 1,000+ employees category. Mud Jeans earned an area score of 74.1 in the 1-9 employees category.
On Linkedin, Mud Jeans described its B Corp certification as a force for good. “It has been an eye-opening learning journey, driving us to have a closer look at every aspect of our business and setting new goals,” the company stated, noting the brand’s fifth appearance on the list.
Mud Jeans made denim industry history last month when it introduced jeans made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled (PCR) cotton. Described as “the world’s first completely circular pair of jeans,” the Dutch company partnered with Saxion University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands to combine mechanically and chemically recycled fibers to create the jean.
“Each Best for the World edition is an opportunity to raise the bar for how businesses can and should operate to create real and lasting positive impact for their workers, customers, communities, and the environment,” said Dan Osusky, B Lab Global head of standards and insights. “While no company is perfect and even the best companies can and should continue to strive to improve, the B Corps recognized as Best for the World can provide us all—standards setters, B Corps, non-B Corps, and sustainability advocates—with inspiration on what true leadership in business can look like to make progress on addressing our current global challenges.”