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Fors Marsh Group Achieves B Corporation Certification

Fors Marsh Group (FMG) is proud to announce it is officially a Certified B Corporation. FMG is the first Washington, D.C.,-area research company to earn this honor and joins a community of Certified B Corporations committed to a higher standard of overall social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability.

To become certified, FMG met a rigorous set of standards that evaluates a company’s impact on all of its stakeholders, including workers, suppliers, the community, customers and the environment. By meeting these comprehensive standards, B Lab, a nonprofit that provides the B Corps certification, verified FMG’s commitment to its stakeholders and its overall social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability.

"The B Corps Certification is a natural fit for us, as the purpose of our business has never been to simply maximize value for shareholders," said Ben Garthwaite, Senior Vice President. "Earning the B Corps Certification affirms this commitment to considering the impact of our business decisions on our stakeholders. We are honored to be part of the movement of firms taking a longer term perspective, and we continue to be humbled by the impact of our unique community-focused programs, such as SERV, which activates our talent to deliver pro bono research and strategic services to mission-aligned nonprofit organizations."

FMG has long been committed to making the world a better place by using science and strategy to improve people’s lives and to create a lasting positive impact for our clients. In 2017, FMG worked to reduce alcohol abuse and tobacco use with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and to educate Americans living overseas and serving in the military about voting registration requirements through the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP). FMG also worked to improve citizens’ financial decision-making in collaboration with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

Learn more about FMG's B Corp Certification. To learn how you can partner with FMG, visit our Contact page.

About the author

Ben Garthwaite

Ben Garthwaite

Ben Garthwaite assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Fors Marsh Group (FMG) in 2019 after serving as both Senior Vice President and Director of Business Development since 2009 and co-owner since 2015. Over his 10 years at FMG, Ben’s focus has included business growth and diversification as well as cultivating a purpose-driven culture, culminating in achieving B Corp certification in 2017. Under his leadership, annual revenue has grown from $5 million in 2009 to more than $60 million in 2019. Additionally, Ben has led FMG’s financial, legal, governance, and information technology divisions, successfully driving growth while building the infrastructure necessary to support dozens of major national-level client accounts.

Before joining FMG, Ben held a variety of leadership positions at Electronic Data Systems (EDS) and later at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Services (HPES). He served as Business Director and was responsible for finance, growth strategy and execution, contracts, supply chain, quality management, and specific Defense-related delivery and proposal efforts. Ben also served as Program Manager for EDS’s DOD-wide smart card and middleware program, which issued Personal Identity Verification (PIV) credentials to more than 2.5 million DOD personnel and contractors worldwide every year.

Ben earned his MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and graduated with a BBA in Finance Investment Banking from the University of Wisconsin.

As an active member of the B Corp community, Ben advises a range of current and potential B Corps on business transformation and using business as a force for good. He oversees FMG’s research studies designed to build the B Corp movement. Ben is a member of the Professional Services Council (PSC) where he advocates for the federal contractor workforce and mid-tier business policy, and coaches RunFit Kidz in Vienna, VA.

Ben is married with three children and two dogs, all of whom support his passion for marathon running.

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