Materialise Interiors is now a Certified B Corporation!
When I first heard about B Corp I was instantly interested after working for an ethical business for so long. Much of it echoed with what The Body Shop International did - monitored by themselves. I could see from inside the business that it wasn't always the most convenient set of requirements - but it kept the business true to its purpose and I respected and admired The Body Shop greatly for being authentic and true to their values and purpose in business.
My own business I set up straight from leaving The Body Shop was based on what I'd learnt there in the previous 10 years. Respect for those who I do business with, banking, what impact my own business has through the work I do, and minimising the impact on people, planet and animals.
The Body Shop have gone on to be the largest B Corp as part of their owning company Natura .... and guess what....
I know that badges are not necessary and we can do it all anyway (because I've been doing that for nearly 18 years) but It's a much needed boost after quite bumpy times in business which I have been fortunate to survive. I want to be part of something positive and connect to those other businesses through this movement, to improve faster and together and to influence those around us.
B Corps must consider community and the environment in everything they do
I've written about ETHICAL BUSINESS in my book. I was wanting to try for B Corp certication anyway, but I also felt I should go through the process if I'm writing about it.
I've done it to show if I can do it - it's possible for any size of business.
So if you are reading this, please start the process .....
1. At least back the Better Business Act and push for the Companies Act to include people, planet as well as profit (free!)
2. Set UN Sustainable Development goals using the SDG tool (free!)
3. Start the B Corp process using the B Lab Impact Assessment tool (free!) to identify where any gaps might be where you can work on. You may score more highly than you think.
Just requires effort, but to be a FORCE FOR GOOD in business is very rewarding!