When B Lab evaluated the B impact assessment of Quantum Intech (dba HeartMath Inc), they held a meeting to review HeartMath research, interventions and outcomes, and for the first time approved reducing stress as having a direct impact on disease prevention or cure as well as promoting healthy living.
Quantum Intech received a B score of 119.2, which is well above the average of 100 for Certified B Corporations. (The bar to be eligible for certification is 80.) What was especially unique is that Quantum Intech’s high score reflected social mission policies and practices more than environmental practices.
“Quantum Intech looks at a variety of symptomatic health problems endemic to modern U.S. lifestyles – such as stress, anxiety, fatigue, and chronic disease markers – and instead of just addressing these symptoms as most companies do, HeartMath addresses the systemic root causes with a simple set of solutions.” —Heather Van Dusen, Certification/Community Development Director, B Lab
The Quantum Intech/HeartMath mission started in 1991 with the non-profit 501(c)(3) research and educational organization, the Institute of HeartMath (IHM), to conduct research on stress and emotional physiology. IHM founder Doc Childre with 30 associates formed a Trust to cover medical expenses, childcare expenses, emergency expenses, and to generally take care of each other. Later, the for-profit C Corp, Quantum Intech Inc (short for Quantum Inner-technology) was formed to develop, patent and market stress-relief technologies and training programs based on the research. The Trust owns about 20 percent of Quantum Intech; Institute of HeartMath is also a shareholder in Quantum Intech. Twenty years later, a majority of the 30 founders are still involved in the HeartMath mission and employed by either the for-profit or non-profit organization. Employee satisfaction is high, and HeartMath won “Best Places to Work in the San Francisco Bay Area” awards in 2009 and 2010.
Quantum Intech provides five percent of its revenues, large discounts on its products, and pro bono services to the Institute of HeartMath (IHM) to provide programs for the underserved, including schools, veterans and community service organizations, and to help fund research and assessments.
HeartMath programs and technologies are rapidly being adopted by Fortune 500 companies, health care systems, health professionals, government agencies, and the U.S. military. They enable individuals and organizations to reset their response to stress while measurably improving outcomes (productivity, performance and health) and impact (lower health care cost, absenteeism and turnover or wanting to leave the job). The Institute of HeartMath is raising funds to develop additional assessments linking the impact of HeartMath training to social benefit and financial goal achievement.
Deborah Rozman is President and CEO of Quantum Intech, Inc. (dba HeartMath Inc.) and serves on the advisory board of the Institute of HeartMath. Quantum Intech, with its scientifically validated HeartMath® programs, is a world leader in personal and organizational stress reduction. HeartMath provides individuals and businesses with a set of tools, methods and emWave technologies to empower themselves to navigate through stressful, changing times. HeartMath programs have enabled organizations to achieve a 2:1 ROI in lowered health costs within one year – while at the same time increasing employee satisfaction and performance. The aggregate savings – and additional returns from enhanced performance – add up fast, creating a significant value proposition for companies and society as a whole. Quantum Intech also has a strong reputation as a socially responsible company with a triple bottom line mission in partnership with the 501(c)3 non-profit stress research organization, Institute of HeartMath, which provides HeartMath’s stress solutions to the underserved, including schools, community service organizations and veterans.