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Measuring the Integration of Social and Environmental Missions in Hybrid Organizations

  • Edward N. GambleEmail author
  • Simon C. Parker
  • Peter W. Moroz
Original Paper

Abstract

This paper introduces a new typology and associated measure of social and environmental mission integration (SEMI) by conceptually framing a feature of hybrid organizations—the degree of integration of their revenue model and social–environmental mission. The SEMI measure is illustrated using a hand-collected sample of 256 North American Certified B Corporations. We explore the heterogeneity of SEMI scores by identifying external-facing correlates and demonstrate non-congruence with Certified B Corporation’s audit results. Overall, our findings advance existing knowledge of these hybrid organizations and how they balance their social–environmental missions with their economic objectives.

Keywords

B Corps Business models Hybrid organizations Social and environmental index Typology Voluntary audits 

Abbreviations

B Corp

Certified B corporation

S&E

Social and environmental

SEMI

Social–environmental mission integration

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors gratefully acknowledge the excellent suggestions of the Section Editor, Julia Roloff and the three anonymous reviewers. We also thank the many Certified B Corporations for their participation in this study. The first author acknowledges research support from the Initiative for Regulation and Applied Economic Analysis (IRAEA) at Montana State University.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

All procedures were performed in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward N. Gamble
    • 1
    Email author
  • Simon C. Parker
    • 2
    • 3
  • Peter W. Moroz
    • 4
  1. 1.Jake Jabs College of Business & EntrepreneurshipMontana State UniversityBozemanUSA
  2. 2.Ivey School of BusinessWestern UniversityLondonCanada
  3. 3.University of AberdeenAberdeenUK
  4. 4.Hill/Levene School of BusinessReginaCanada

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