REWRITE THE RULES

We are rewriting the rules for our local economy, inspired by grassroots organizing principles, small business and cooperative leadership, and the lived experience of working class residents of color.

What are they?

36 enterprise practices across 8 categories, designed to ensure that businesses we invest in together reflect the values and goals of Boston's working class neighborhoods of color. 

Why standards?

Ujima’s Good Business Certification helps shift our collective spending and support away from businesses that are harming our communities and the earth, and towards businesses building a community economy that we nurture and grow.

How does the certification work?

The standards are approved and updated yearly by Ujima’s voting members. Businesses interested in joining the Ujima Business Alliance (UBA) are evaluated by Ujima’s Community Standards Committee to ensure companies are in compliance with our standards.  In the UBA, businesses are eligible for benefits like access to capital, technical assistance, customer loyalty, sales advocacy and public support.

UJIMA GOOD BUSINESS CATEGORIES

GOOD FAITH EFFORT
COMMUNITY
OWNERSHIP
GOOD LOCAL
JOBS
WORKER POWER
HEALTH & SAFETY
CUSTOMERS & VENDORS
ENVIRONMENT
COMMUNITY POWER

UJIMA GOOD BUSINESS STANDARDS

 

COMMUNITY STANDARDS COMMITTEE

Joyce Clark

Health Chair, Boston NAACP

Luis Cotto

Program Manager, Mass Cultural Council

Darnell Johnson

Regional Coordinator, Right to the City

Mea Johnson

Lead Organizer, Restaurant Opportunities Center, Boston

Jill Kimmel

Director of Operations, Haley House

Alex Ponte-Capellan

Community Organizer, City Life/ Vida Urbana

Ellie Tigalo

Worker Owner, Tanám

Chuck Turner

Organizer and Former Boston City Councilor

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