3R achieves WBENC-Certification as Women’s Business Enterprise



3R Sustainability is proud to announce its national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the US.

“Becoming certified demonstrates that 3R is woman-owned and managed, and that 3R brings the value of gender diversity to its clients and stakeholders,” explains 3R Sustainability President and owner, Jana Lake. “We look forward to the opportunities certification provides, such as engaging with businesses that value diversity and having access to resources that want to work with innovative people and companies.”  3R looks forward to the positive developments this certification brings.

The process to become a certified WBE is very thorough and focused on the mission and vision for the business.  Recognition by WBENC means that 3R is not just owned by women, but that it is led and managed by women, and it brings those values, business strategy, and perspective to its clients and stakeholders in everything it does. By including women-owned businesses among their suppliers, corporations and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier diversity programs.

Jana launched 3R Sustainability in 2015, and she brings broad, hands-on experience, and a global perspective to 3R’s clients.  She brings an understanding of the cultural and generational challenges for women and minorities around the globe, having worked throughout North America and the EU, and advocating for the UN Sustainable Development Goals, including UN SDG5 Gender Equality.  3R is not just woman-owned, but it understands the support a gender-diverse workforce needs.  “We demonstrated our commitment to women, families, and our community as part of our early B Corp and JUST Label certifications,” Jana adds, “We want our team to be proud of themselves, their work, personal development, and the company.”

WBENC is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs) to provide its world-class standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country. WBENC is also the nation’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs. Throughout the year, WBENC provides business development opportunities for member corporations, government agencies and close to 16,000 certified women-owned businesses at events and other forums. Learn more about WBENC. https://www.wbenc.org/about-wbenc

 About 3R Sustainability
A woman-owned business headquartered in its LEED Gold certified office in Pittsburgh’s historic Strip District, 3R Sustainability integrates corporate social responsibility (CSR/ESG) and built-environment performance consulting services to build business value and brand equity for its clients. The 3R team is made up of accredited professionals with backgrounds in engineering, sustainability, business management consulting, and system and performance assessments. 3R Sustainability is a certified B Corporation named Best for its Workers in 2019, JUST Label organization, U.N. Global Compact Signatory and signatory of the U.N. Women Empowerment Principles, and Best Place to Work in Pennsylvania. For more information visit www.3Rsustainability.com or call 724-741-9900.

About Jana Lake
Jana Lake is a graduate of Michigan and Duke, and began her career working for a disruptor and innovative start-up, Saturn.  Her international studies and languages led her to work for Pepsi in the emerging eastern European markets. Jana advocated for remote work and other employee-focused programs at Accenture, recognizing the business value of helping employees achieve work-life balance and reduce company environmental footprint.  Her 20 years of consulting work focused on helping companies utilize diverse skill sets and bottom-line-focused strategies to build culture, improve operations, and grow market share.  Jana also used her skills and passion locally and nationally serving on the board of Girls, Inc., mentoring women professionals in sustainability (recognized as a USGBC Shero), and supporting many local causes and groups.

Contact: Jennifer Tomaro
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