Celebrating The World’s Top Impact Companies 

Time is running out to apply for the 2021 Real Leaders Impact Awards (August 31st early bird deadline) — a celebration of the world’s top impact companies. If you’re running a business that makes a positive difference in the world, apply now with our special early bird rate — and join the ranks of companies big and small being recognized for their social impact. A nomination will attract new customers, help retain talent, and demonstrate your values to the world.

Past Winners Include:

Real Leaders Impact Award honorees will provide the following benefits:

• Reaching 30,000+ CEOs and influencers, and 250,000+ of impressions for your brand through our year-long Awards print/digital campaign.

• Media coverage of your award-winning story from local, national, and international media.

• Professionally produced content for your own channels.

• Invitation-only Impact Awards honorees virtual Celebration and Recognition event.

Blair Kellison

CEO, Traditional Medicinals

“Finally, measuring what really matters.”

Julie Van Ness

President, Real Leaders

“These are the companies that are showing real leadership.”


Jay Wilkinson

Founder & CEO of Firespring

It’s banging the drum, getting the word out, spreading that seed and message; that’s what I appreciate so deeply about Real Leaders. 

GENERAL INFO

HOW ARE COMPANIES RANKED?
Companies will be ranked based on their “Force for Good” Score. The formula for Force is velocity x mass (we use your Growth rate x Revenue). If the applicant has not taken the B Impact Assessment, a default score will be applied derived from an average BIA score of the applicant pool. This provides the “Good” score. The Force for Good Score is the product of your 3-year sales growth % x 2019 revenues x the B Impact Assessment or default score. 
Example: A company had $1 mm in sales in 2017 and $4 mm in sales in 2019 and had a score of 85 on the BIA. The Force for Good Score would be ($4-$1)/$1 * $4 * 85) = 1020.
WHY SHOULD I APPLY?
  • It’s Easy. Applying takes only 5 minutes.
  • Recognition. Be globally recognized as one of the most dynamic, impactful companies in the country.
  • Attract and Retain Talent. The best talent is seeking jobs that have a positive impact where they can make a difference.
  • Attract Growth Capital.
  • Attract Loyal Customers.
  • Networking. Be part of a group of dynamic CEOs using business as a force for good.
  • Show the world how everyone can do well by doing good!
WHAT IS THE APPLICATION FEE?

Early Bird Fee (through August 31): $175
Procrastinator’s Fee (September 1 – 25) : $350

WHAT IS THE B IMPACT ASSESSMENT? WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?

The Real Leaders Impact Awards utilizes the B Impact Assessment, the impact standard developed by the non-profit B Lab and used by more than 50,000 companies globally, as way to credibly assess the holistic impact of companies. Impact companies that have not yet taken the B Impact Assessment may still apply for the Real Leaders Impact Awards.

APPLYING

WHAT IS INVOLVED IN APPLYING?

Fill out the initial questionnaire. Provide evidence of positive impact for committee approval.  

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO APPLY?
An early rate fee of $175 application fee applies through August 31st.
The deadline will extend to September 25th, 2020 for a fee of $350.

 

WILL MY INFORMATION BE SECURE?

Yes, your revenue numbers are used for internal validation only. They will not be shared outside the validation committee and will not be published online or in print.

ELIGIBILITY

WHAT ARE THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA?

View eligibility requirements on the application form link above.

HOW IS REVENUE DEFINED FOR THE RANKING?

We define revenue as gross revenue, less returns and allowances, before any cost of goods sold are deducted. This is the same number that is called for in Box 1c of a corporate income tax return.

DOES MY COMPANY HAVE TO BE PROFITABLE TO BE ELIGIBLE?

No, your company does not have to have positive net income or EBITDA to be eligible.

IS MY COMPANY ELIGIBLE IF IT'S MAJORITY OR WHOLLY OWNED BY A VENTURE CAPITAL OR PRIVATE EQUITY FIRM?

Yes, it’s eligible.

WHAT IF MY COMPANY IS PUBLIC?

Yes, it’s eligible.

IMPACT & REVENUE VALIDATION

WHAT IS REVENUE VALIDATION?

For the ranking to be credible, we carefully verify the top companies for their 2017 and 2019 revenue numbers that they provide.

HOW WILL MY IMPACT BE MEASURED?

The Real Leaders Awards will utilize the B Impact Assessment.  If the applicant has not taken the B Impact Assessment, a default score will be applied derived from an average BIA score of the applicant pool.

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