Our Organization

P3 Utah is a non-profit organization that advocates for the "triple-bottom-line": a collaborative effort to advance a positive business influence on people, planet, and profit.  Led by a group of business owners and professionals working as volunteers, the organization provides a focal point to raise the tide of local interest in fostering the triple bottom line business value system in Utah.

Our membership shares core values and, though initially small, is highly diverse on several dimensions:

  • A cross section of industries from food to finance, hospitality to housing, manufacturing to management consulting;
  • Micro enterprises with less than one employee up to companies with close to 1,000 employees;
  • Foot print ranges from simple virtual workplaces to multiple facilities with complex supply lines;
  • All business disciplines and wide range of professions;
  • Multiple counties in Utah and in other states and countries; and
  • Includes many nonprofit and government allied organizations and individuals.

Our Mission is to Advance Positive Triple-Bottom-Line Outcomes

The mission of P3 Utah is to advance the positive triple-bottom-line (P3) outcomes by Utah businesses. We convene and strengthen the business sustainability community statewide by:

  • Expanding the diverse network of business sustainability professionals;
  • Promoting adoption of business sustainability best practices and standards;
  • Developing supportive infrastructure for business sustainability; and
  • Growing the marketplace for the products and services of sustainable businesses.

Our vision is that by 2017, P3 Utah will be recognized as the:

  • Convening hub of the Utah P3 business sustainability community
  • Leader in setting standards and identifying best practices in Utah
  • Key network preferred by key business sustainability professionals
  • Leader in advocating policy leveraging business outcomes for public good
  • Go-to partner for businesses and organizations seeking to improve their positive impact

And by the year 2020, Utah will be a place where:

  • Business culture embraces measurable social and environmental performance
  • Sustainable business activities engage all professions and economic sectors
  • There is greater public perception of positive business outcomes
  • Triple-bottom-line seen as the predominant definition of “good business”

Our Philosophy, Values, and Guiding Principles

Now that there are seven billion people striving to create a fair exchange of value in a single, global marketplace, business is the most powerful force at work on our planet today. Not only does commerce collectively deploy the majority of financial, natural, and human capital, but most of most adult’s waking hours and creative energy are devoted to generate sufficient economic value to sustain themselves and their family.

We who own and manage businesses have an obligation to use the power of commerce constructively, to leave the world better than we found it. We see business as a positive force that can provide opportunities for human expression, make communities more viable and maintain an ecology that supports all life. We are grateful that we live in a society that values and encourages success in commerce and we are committed to using this freedom and support to learn how to create as much public benefit as we can through the operation of our enterprises.

At P3 Utah, we are working toward maximizing the positive impact of business in our community. It is a reasonable and common sense approach to commerce. Join us and learn how to leverage your values to create a stronger triple bottom line for your enterprises that better benefits your company, all of your stakeholders and the world we live in.

Values

  • All members are equal with unlimited potential to produce positive change
  • Members actively recruited to attain significant diversity in all conceivable dimensions
  • We believe strength comes from diversity
  • Business development between members is encouraged
  • Respect and equal treatment of all industries and economic sectors
  • Welcoming to all community sustainability partners

Guiding Principles

  • Strive to deliver high-quality services to members
  • Seek beneficial outcomes for community through business
  • Seek opportunities to make triple-bottom-line values the new definition of good business
  • Develop opportunities to advance member networking
  • KEEP LEARNING

Governance and Operations

P3 Utah is an independent, politically neutral, state chartered nonprofit organization, registered as a federal 501( c)(3) nonprofit organization.  We have a local board of directors composed of local business owners and professionals. We have a small professional staff augmented with college interns and community volunteers.

Ethics

Nonprofit Best Practices
– P3 Utah adheres to the Utah Nonprofits Association Standards of Ethics.
– Our Board of Directors reviews and reports progress on standards each year.
– As a 501(c)3 with occasional advocacy work, our Executive Director maintains a state lobbying permit.
- Each year we file an information tax return with the IRS.

Fund Raising
– P3 Utah raises funds with a state charitable solicitation permit and provides charitable deduction receipts to our members .
– We report our fund raising expenses and funds raised each quarter to the Utah Division of Consumer Protection.

Local Collaboration
– P3 Utah staff convene a quarterly schedule and program coordinating meeting that engages approximately a dozen organizations who members work on aspects of business sustainability in Utah.
- Our organization participates in the Utah Small Business Coalition.

National Affiliations
– P3 Utah is a member of the ASBC, the American Sustainable Business Council. The ASBC is a growing coalition of businesses and business networks committed to advancing a new vision, framework that advances market shifts and policies that support a sustainable economy..