hcma joins global B Corp community

In response to the urgent need for firms to take responsibility for their environmental and social impact, Western Canadian interdisciplinary design firm hcma  is now B Corp certified.     

In response to the urgent need for firms to take responsibility for their environmental and social impact, Western Canadian interdisciplinary design firm hcma  is now B Corp certified.     

B Corp businesses are leading a global movement for an inclusive, equitable, and regenerative economy. Certification is the next step in 46-year-old hcma’s evolution, as it aims to better reflect the changing role of buildings, brands, and shared experiences in society.     

To date, almost 5400 B Corps have been certified in over 75 countries. One of almost 600 companies located in Canada, hcma joins global names like Ben & Jerry’s, Kickstarter and Patagonia leading on social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability.      

B Corp certification is in line with RAIC’s Resolution for Urgent and Sustained Action on Climate and Ecological Health. Alongside maintaining B Corps certification, the firm continues to use industry rating systems and certification programs like WELL and LEED to measure the impact of projects. In the past year, hcma’s Clayton Community Centre earned Passive House certification for Clayton Community Centre, the first of its kind to be certified for ultra-low energy use in North America and the largest non-residential project to be certified in North America.        

Managing partner Darryl Condon says, “B Corp certification is an important milestone for us as a business. Every question asked during the process was a provocation for us to consider hcma’s role in society and how we can create a more positive impact. If we’re to make serious progress in our environmental and social performance, we need the tools to track and quantify it and B Corp helps us do this. External accountability ensures that we will stay up-to-date on the latest innovations and connects us to a like-minded global community.”  

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