Providing the resources you need to build a better business

Your business has the potential to create social prosperity, environmental reciprocity, and a stronger tomorrow. No matter where you are on your journey, we’ll meet you there.

We connect and celebrate companies who walk out their values

Collaborative Impacts

Build a stronger, more resilient workforce

We are building a stronger economy. By connecting businesses with shared values, we catalyze sustainable action.

Forward, with intention

Impact is measurable, and we can help

We provide the tools for you to measure and benchmark your impact so you can move forward with intention.

Building Loyalty

Invest in a sustainable future for Michigan

Sustainable business practices are an investment in Michigan’s people and the natural resources that make our state vibrant.

What does it mean to be Good For Michigan?

Being Good For Michigan means that you are steering your ship intentionally, utilizing tools to measure your current impact while working towards a better business future. To become Good For Michigan, businesses must complete the SDG Baseline or finish at least 25% of the B Impact Assessment. To stay Good For Michigan, you must retake either assessment every two years.

Why measuring matters

“The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step” – Lao Tzu

Big change doesn’t happen overnight; it’s a series of intentional actions. The first step in your sustainability journey is getting an accurate picture of your current social and environmental impacts. Once you know where you are, you can set a goal for where you want to be.

Building better businesses requires systems change

Local and state policies determine so much of how our economic systems operate. And elected officials depend on the voice of local business leaders, the ‘backbone of our economy,’ to move forward solutions that are good for businesses and our communities. Learn how the PFE Impact Project helps business leaders learn about local and state policy proposals, evaluate how proposals could impact their business, and speak up in favor of policies that are good for businesses and move us towards a people first economy. 

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