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Rally Software Recognized in First 'Best for the World' List as a Business Creating the Most Positive Social and Environmental Impact
Mar 07, 2012 (04:03 PM EST)


Agile Leader Also Announces Its Goal of Becoming 'Net Positive' by 2020

BOULDER, Colo., March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Rally®, the leader in Agile application lifecycle management (ALM), has been recognized in the first "Best for the World" list of companies with the most positive overall social and environmental impact. The company also announced its goal of becoming 'Net Positive' by 2020, meaning that its overall positive social and environmental impacts outweigh its negative impacts.

"Best for The World" List

Rally and the other "Best for the World" businesses earned a score in the top 10% of all Certified B Corporations and, on average, scored two times higher than nearly 2,000 other sustainable businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment.

The B Impact Assessment, governed by the nonprofit B Lab, is the most rigorous and comprehensive independent assessment of overall corporate impact. It shows the relative value businesses create for society by comparing nearly 200 individual metrics for corporate impact on workers, consumers, suppliers, the community and the environment.

"Rally is a leader in the global movement to redefine success in business," said Jay Coen Gilbert, co-founder of B Lab, the nonprofit organization that governs the B Impact Assessment and certifies B Corporations. "Rally is among the best in the world at being the best for the world."

The "Best for the World" lists appear in the 2012 B Corp Annual Report published today by B Lab. Learn more about how Rally creates positive social and environmental impact at bcorporation.net/rallysoftware.

Net Positive by 2020

Inspired by organizations like B Lab and innovators in sustainability like Paul Hawkens and Interface Carpet's Ray Anderson, Rally announced a goal of becoming Net Positive by 2020, meaning that its overall positive social and environmental impacts outweigh its negative impacts.

Rally's mission has four parts that work in concert to move the company, employees and stakeholders towards Net Positive:

  1. A corporate social responsibility team engages Rally employees, partners and customers in volunteering activities to build capacity and encourage citizen entrepreneurial activities at social enterprises and non-profits as well as student and open source projects.
  2. A sustainability team works to reduce the negative impact of our operations and employees on the planet and share their insights.
  3. A social enterprise team provides education, coaching, training and products to other social enterprises and non-profits, as well as student and open source projects.
  4. In the future, Rally Software foundation will provide grants to accelerate the positive efforts of citizen engineers and social entrepreneurs.

"At a projected world population of 9 to 12 billion by 2050, we are straining the natural systems that maintain clean water, clean air, fertile soil, biological diversity, and the planet's temperature," said Ryan Martens, Rally's founder and CTO. "I believe all countries, business and individuals must reduce their CO2 output by 80% by 2050, and as software businesses, we can get there sooner. My hope is that by sharing, teaching and coaching on Agile and Lean practices, we can increase the speed of change in our global society."

Learn more about how Rally's goal of becoming Net Positive by 2020 at http://www.rallydev.com/about/ultimate-rally-road-race.

About Rally

Rally is the recognized leader in Agile application lifecycle management (ALM). Rally is dedicated to helping organizations embrace Agile and Lean development and portfolio management practices that dramatically increase the pace of innovation, improve product quality and boost customer satisfaction. According to a study by QSM Associates, software-driven companies that rely on Rally's Agile ALM products and services are 50% faster to market and 25% more productive than industry averages. The company's experienced services group, including training through Agile University, guides companies through the organizational change required to become innovative, Agile businesses. Together, Rally's on-demand Agile ALM platform and its leading Kanban-based project collaboration tool, AgileZen, support more than 136,000 users in 116 countries.

About B Lab

B Lab is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a new sector of the economy that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Lab drives systemic change through three interrelated initiatives: 1) building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between "good companies" and just good marketing; 2) driving capital to impact investments through use of GIIRS Ratings and Analytics; and 3) advancing supportive public policies to accelerate growth of social entrepreneurship and impact investing. To earn certification, B Corps must achieve a verified minimum score (80 out of 200) on the B Impact Assessment and amend their bylaws to legally require their directors to consider the interests of stakeholders, not just shareholders, when making decisions. For more information, check www.bcorporation.net or contact Jay Coen Gilbert at jay@bcorporation.net.

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