Our journey to become B Corp Certified
B Corp is a certification given to organisations that meet a high standard of social and environmental performance, but it’s much more than that. It has formed parts of our strategy, our culture and forever changed our ways of working. B Corp certification covers areas such as governance, people, customers, environment and community. When I embarked on this journey we had little evidence of anything other than our intent to do the right thing.
I spoke to more people in the business and began to bring others on board to help document the work we were doing. Joe Ryalls played a pivotal part in collating various pieces of information needed for our carbon measures which we used to achieve Planet Mark status in 2021.
We spoke to other B Corps, many of our partners are already in the community - Invivo, Activated Probiotics (Biome Australia Limited) and Wild Nutrition to name a few. I also have a close relationship with one of the highest-scoring B Corps in the North of England, One+All, where we have shared ideas and followed their approach in many areas.
Throughout this period, we spent time refining the application, adding additional evidence and planning the next steps. Earlier this year, we exceeded the required 80 points and started the verification process.
More and more colleagues are joining the sessions and their ideas are forming parts of our future strategy.
What I will stress is that we are not perfect, there are hundreds of initiatives that we need to improve upon and as a company we are making some real headway.
Becoming a B Corp has made me immensely proud, not only as a personal achievement but the sense that it has brought the organisation together with a common goal ... to be better.