HOUWZER IS WHAT GOOD BUSINESS SHOULD LOOK LIKE
Proudly using the power of business as a force for good.
OUR B CORPORATION STORY
In 2016, Houwzer became a certified B Corporation, an acknowledgment of our company’s commitment to social and environmental ethics, transparency, and accountability. Houwzer joins over 2000 Certified B Corporations globally – including over 50 in the Philadelphia area – that have met the rigorous standards that measure a company’s impact on its employees, suppliers, community, and the environment.
WHAT IS A CERTIFIED B CORPORATION?
Certified B Corporations are a new type of corporation which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. It’s like Fair Trade certification but for the whole business, not just a bag of coffee (or USDA Organic certification, but not just for a carton of milk; or LEED certification, but not just for a building).
WHY DO B CORPS MATTER?
B Corps are important because they inspire all businesses to compete not only on the bottom line but to also consider their impact in the world. Certified B Corporations meet higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability.
WHY DID WE DECIDE TO BECOME A B CORP?
B Corp reflects the values we hold as an innovative real estate brokerage. We became a B Corp to guide our mission of not only becoming the best real estate company in the world, but also the best for the world. As we work to change this broken industry, the B Corp Impact Assessment will continue to ensure we are using business as a force for good.
HOW DID WE BECOME CERTIFIED?
B Corps are certified by the nonprofit B Lab. To become certified, a company must:
1) Meet the Performance Requirement: Complete the B Impact Assessment and earn a reviewed minimum score of 80 out of 200 points.
2) Make it Official: Sign a Term sheet and Declaration of Interdependence.
FIND A BETTER WAY HOME
To be the best real estate company in the world – and for the world – working for the good of consumers, agents, and the community.
HOW WE ARE MAKING IT HAPPEN
Consumers: We have saved our clients more than $1.4 million in listing commissions, giving our clients more money to finance what’s important to them. On average, a seller client will save $11,600 per transaction.
Agents: On average, a first year agent working for a traditional brokerage will earn less than $15,000. Houwzer agents earn a salary of $42,000 with the option to receive bonuses. Our agents also receive health care contributions, options for dental and vision insurance, and even receive commuter benefits. Plus, as employees, the brokerage covers all their expenses.
Community: Employees volunteer 50 hours a year in their local community, both through group opportunities and individual interests. Additionally, Houwzer donates 2.5% of profits each year to area nonprofits. Plus, we work with local vendors whenever possible and in 2015, over 60% of our expenses were spent with local independent suppliers.