Jelt is one of over 3,300 Certified B Corporations from more than 150 industries in 71 countries that share a unifying goal: to redefine success in business. Performance standards of Certified B Corps are comprehensive and transparent, and measure a company’s impact on all of its stakeholders. B Corps are legally required to consider the impact not only on their shareholders, but also their workers, suppliers, community, consumers, and the environment.
Jelt is dedicated to incorporating several programs beneficial to social and environmental issues into our business model, all of which contribute significantly to our B Corp status:
Materials: Our belts, which are elastic with a no-show plastic buckle, are made from 100% recycled water bottles and packaged on recycled cardboard, which lowers our carbon footprint and environmental impact.
Manufacturing: Our belts are manufactured in Montana, USA. Jelt belts are produced by women sewers living on rural Montana ranches. We also work closely with the Montana Correctional Enterprise Program. This voluntary and progressive program allows women incarcerated at the Montana Women’s Prison to apply, interview, and be trained in sewing and belt assembly. The women receive legitimate wages they can apply towards restitution, child support, and put into a savings account to save for their release. This program helps the women develop a strong work ethic, learn new job skills, and helps increase their confidence, making them more marketable employees upon their release. It has also been proven to reduce recidivism.
Community: We donate a portion of every sale to non-profit programs that support veterans, children, and the environment. Current partners include Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation, THRIVE, and 1% For the Planet.
Employees: We provide good wages and flexible schedules to our employees.
Jelt was created to give back to our communities in a multitude of ways and we’ve worked very hard to make sure that each part of our company is making a positive impact. This certification validates that we’re doing just that and in a manner that’s best for the world. We’re incredibly honored to be a Certified B Corporation and inspired to keep growing our impact.