What makes us tick

It’s quite simple really. We feel energized and gratified by the type of work we get to do. We’re not just communicators—it’s so much deeper than that. Employing each of our unique talents, we are storytellers and movement builders. We are change agents, reframers and advocates. And continually proud of the impact we make. Learn more about what drives us in our staff-written blogs.

silhouette of a person with a flashlight signing a light to illuminate the word "stigma"

Shining a light on a recurring problem, one campaign at a time.

Across this work, we’ve noticed a recurring theme, stigma. Stigma is a scourge that further oppresses and strains people’s lives. It makes people feel isolated and disconnected. It compromises access to the support and systems we all need to live healthy and fulfilling lives.

Image of an illustrated hand holding an abstract flower. Test reads 21-22 Annual Report and includes the Certified B Corp logo and Coates Kokes logo.

B Corp Annual Report – keep raising the bar

With this blog post we are announcing and publishing our third Certified B-Corp and Oregon Benefit Company Annual Report. Coates Kokes is proud of its continued growth in B Corp activities, with the highlight being our renewed certification late last year. The bar keeps getting higher, and that’s as it should be.

Taking stock of my own connection to racism and moving from awareness to action

As a white person I can never really know what it’s like to be Black in America. After a seemingly endless streak of wrongful deaths from state-sanctioned violence. After listening to all the rhetoric about the American dream only to find closed doors and rigged systems at every turn. And after navigating daily doses of micro-aggressions and the weight that comes with them.

In Good Company

With this blog post we are announcing and publishing our first Certified B-Corp and Oregon Benefit Company Annual Report.  You can read it here.

Through the eyes of a child.

The snow we received last week, especially that first hit last Tuesday, gave me the opportunity to see pure joy on display.  There’s just nothing like a snow day in the eyes of a school child.  Making my way to work I came across one neighborhood kid after another skipping into hill sledding, snowman making and just the general WOW of the setting.  I remember those days in their shoes.

They say, “The journey is more important than the destination.”

After two and a half years of working on our B Corp application, certification has finally become a reality.  As we celebrate this milestone, I’m reflecting back on the journey we have taken.