Swiss cleantechs among the best impact start-ups worldwide

SmartHelio, Vivent, CleanGreens Solutions and KAMPOS are among the best performing companies that have obtained the B Corp Label. Certified B Corporations have demonstrated strong leadership in the global movement for an inclusive, equitable, and regenerative economy. Three Swiss startups scored over 100 points.

Every year, B Lab recognises the B Corps that have achieved the highest verified scores in the five impact areas evaluated on the B Impact Assessment customers, environment, governance, and workers. The organisations are amongst the global top 5% in their corresponding size group. They are named Best for the World. The median score for ordinary businesses who complete the assessment is currently 50.9.

To achieve certification, a company must meet the following criteria

  • Demonstrate high social and environmental performance by achieving a B Impact Assessment score of 80 or above and passing our risk review
  • Make a legal commitment by changing their corporate governance structure to be accountable to all stakeholders, not just shareholders, and achieve benefit corporation status if available in their jurisdiction.
  • Exhibit transparency by allowing information about their performance measured against B Lab’s standards to be publicly available on their B Corp profile on B Lab’s website

Swiss startups scored a spot in the Best of the World list in the categories Environment and Community.

Category Environment

SmartHelio | Lausanne  – is a deep data analytic company for energy providing software for energy companies to maximise the performance of the solar plant, including fewer downtime disruptions and increased annual revenue by USD 10k per MW per year from their solar plants. SmartHelio earned an overall score of 116.8.

Vivent SA | Gland, VD – founded in 2012, Vivent applies expertise in communication networks and information theory to biological systems. Its state-of-the-art sensors are embodied in plant monitoring hardware to deliver real-time data on plants. Thanks to its accuracy, the sensors allow farmers to understand their plant’s needs in different environments. The technology allows for diagnosing a wide range of crop stressors, including soil-borne pathogens, using artificial intelligence. Vivent SA earned an overall score of 101.7.

CleanGreens Solutions SA | Molondin, VD – founded in 2013, CleanGreens (formerly CombaGroup SA) spent its first six years designing, developing and polishing its first clean growing system. The award-winning Swiss agro-technology scale-up company provides growers, processors, and distributors with mobile aeroponic solutions that integrate all food value chain stages, enabling them to grow environmentally friendly, nutrient-rich vegetables. CleanGreens Solutions SA earned an overall score of 86.8.

Category community

KAMPOS | Zurich –incorporated in 2020 in Zurich with offices in Milan and South Korea,  KAMPOS redefines luxury by transforming plastic bottles, abandoned fishing nets and organic fibres into high-quality swimwear and ready-to-wear apparel. All products are designed with passion and handcrafted with care in Italy. The company promotes a circular economy by offering products that last over time and can be recycled infinitely. KAMPOS is committed to protecting sea life, reducing plastic waste in the sea, and raising awareness of overfishing and marine pollution. Based on the B Impact assessment, KAMPOS earned an overall score of 158.8.

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