Our History as a Mission-Driven Law Firm:
In 2003, Bruce Campbell formed what is now Blue Dot Advocates. By 2009, he was practicing law in a very different way, driven by a desire to focus on facilitating commercial and investment activity to improve the state of the world. By 2013, in order to solidify our social commitment, we became the first law firm in Colorado to be a Certified B Corp. In 2017, we reincorporated as Blue Dot Advocates, PBC, and are now a Public Benefit Cooperative. Our B Corp Assessment Score has increased 20% over the years, so we’re doing something right!
Why? “Cooperation” is at the heart of what we do as business lawyers. We hope that operating a law firm as a cooperative will illustrate to our clients and their business partners that there are many ways businesses can balance financial success with higher purposes. We understand that “business as usual” is increasingly not a sustainable trajectory. We believe that thoughtful business and finance can improve quality of life for everyone, all around the world. And, we pledge to do our part, now and always, to protect our pale Blue Dot – our home.
OUR PURPOSE (Articles of Incorporation):
[Blue Dot] will operate in accordance with cooperative principles as a corporation controlled democratically by the members. The public benefit purpose of the Cooperative is to commit our human and financial capital to addressing business, legal, and economic undertakings in a manner that values well-being, community, socioeconomic equity, and living systems, including:
(a) by providing legal expertise to organizations that apply ethical, market-based solutions to social and environmental problems;
(b) by building legal structures based on shared prosperity, mutual respect among stakeholders, and restoration of natural systems;
(c) by engaging in conversations that re-examine norms around wealth and resource allocation;
(d) by reducing our harmful environmental impacts, individually, collectively, and in collaboration with our clients;
(e) by cultivating a culture that supports mindful work of the utmost quality, as well as the health, happiness, and fulfillment of each of our workers; and
(f) by valuing positive change and growth – in ourselves, in our clients, in the law, and in the practice of law.
Blue Dot Advocates, PBC Annual Impact Report
As a Public Benefit Cooperative, we will prepare an annual benefit report that will include the ways in which we promoted the above public benefits and the best interests of those materially affected by our conduct over the preceding year. We also will continue to assess our overall social and environmental performance against a third-party standard, as a Certified B Corp, in compliance with §7-101-507 of the Colorado Business Corporation Act. Our benefit reports will be provided on this page, available to the general public, beginning in 2018.
~~ Julie Kronenberger, Coordinator in Chief and PBC Secretary