Burnham Benefits Receives B Corp Certification

Benefits Brokerage Firm Meets Rigorous Standards of Social and Environmental Performance

IRVINE, CA (May 28, 2015) – Burnham Benefits Insurance Services, one of California’s most successful employee benefits brokerage firms, is proud to announce its recent Benefit Corporation (B Corp) certification. The designation awarded by B Lab, a nonprofit that serves a global movement of entrepreneurs using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems, is reserved for companies who reflect not just the desire to be the best in the world, but the best for the world. Similar to a building with a LEED certification or coffee with the Fair Trade stamp of approval, B Corp certification is the insignia of a company that adheres to the highest level of standards and corporate purpose.

Using responses from B Lab’s B Impact Assessment, which is created by the Standards Advisory Board Council and provides benchmarks and tools to help businesses improve their impact over time, Burnham scored among the top 10 percent of businesses who meet rigorous standards of community engagement and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.

“We are proud to receive this distinction and align with other like-minded companies such as Etsy, Patagonia, and Ben and Jerry’s,” says Burnham President and CEO Kristen Allison. “The process of getting certified is not a simple one, but because Burnham’s culture revolves around making a positive impact in all we do—whether we are serving our valued clients or engaging in the greater community—we were well positioned to make the grade.”

Burnham joins the ranks of a growing consortium of more than 1,250 Certified B Corps from more than 120 industries in 40 countries throughout the world, working together toward one unifying goal: to redefine success in business. As green becomes the new gold, B Corps are setting a new standard in the way businesses relate to all of their stakeholders, including their customers, employees, shareholders, suppliers and the communities to which they are connected. In addition to building a collective voice through the power of the unifying brand, B Corp certification gives members a competitive edge by helping attract a high caliber of employees, increase public trust and strengthen relationships with fellow members.

“This honor only deepens our commitment to carefully consider the impact of our decisions and how they affect the world around us,” says Allison. “For Burnham, conscientious and sustainable growth includes—above all—protecting the environment and improving the quality of life for our employees and within our communities.”

With offices in Orange County, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Sacramento and San Diego, as well as a satellite office in the Washington D.C. metro area, Burnham Benefits has become one of the largest female-owned employee benefits insurance brokerage and consulting firms in the western region, and has consistently ranked as one of the best places to work in Orange County and the insurance industry.

About Burnham Benefits Insurance Services:
Burnham Benefits Insurance Services, Inc. is a privately held, full-service employee benefits consulting and brokerage firm headquartered in Irvine, Calif. The firm is among the largest in the state to specialize solely in strategic employee benefits consulting and brokerage services. With a comprehensive offering of client-first health and wellness programs, Burnham effectively manages more than $1.5 billion in premiums for more than 400 clients. The firm maintains a more than 97 percent client retention rate and has averaged 25 percent growth annually over the past 10 years. Because Burnham Benefits does not have outside shareholders, it can easily adapt and create customized solutions that fit clients’ best interests—investing in cutting-edge technology and the tools and resources needed to provide the specialized level of service that today’s rapidly challenging climate demands. Its team of more than 75 highly skilled industry professionals includes in-house underwriters, compliance officers, healthcare reform consultants, communications specialists and wellness experts. Through a strategic partnership with Burnham Gibson Financial Group, Burnham also provides retirement planning and wealth management services. Burnham Benefits’ footprint currently spans offices in Orange County, San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Sacramento and San Diego, Calif., as well as a satellite office in the Washington D.C. metro area. Burnham Benefits holds national recognition as Business Insurance’s #1 Best Places to Work in Insurance 2013 and 2014 and has been ranked a Best Place to Work by the Orange County Business Journal for four years running. For more information, visit

Leslie Licano
Beyond Fifteen Communications

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