B Corporations are certified by the non-profit B Lab to voluntarily meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Certified B Corporations distinguish themselves in a cluttered marketplace by offering a positive vision of a better way to do business; better for workers, better for communities and better for the environment. The B Corporation community includes over 1,000 companies from 33 countries and over 60 industries working together toward one unifying goal: harness the power of the private sector for public benefit and redefine success in business.
B Corp Inclusiveness
While at the recent launch of B Corp Australasia, one of the founders was doing some Q&A's. One question asked was, “What if (for example) a coal mining company wished to become a certified B Corp?” Steve Ardagh, thought his response was important as it speaks to the inclusiveness of the B Lab and B Corp Certification. The founder answered, "If they were an energy company looking for improvement, in transition as it were from being a Coal Company, then they could potentially become certified".
Eagle Protect is an importer and distributor of disposable consumables to the food, medical and related sectors. We basically import landfill! Necessary, single-use items that at this stage cannot be recycled for economical or environmental benefit. We are constantly looking at ways of improving the business we are in; visiting factories - working with them on improving their business, staff conditions, environmental impact, and production.
Sourcing and assisting in developing products that use less raw material are kinder to the user and environment. Also, working with the end-users of our products in New Zealand and Australia on more efficient systems and practices to reduce their use of our products.
All of these actions make a small difference each, adding up to enough to make the effort worthwhile. And, while all this is going on we are working with designers and others on new products, better dispensing systems and smarter options for our packaging and shipping.
While unashamedly patting ourselves on the back for our efforts to date, the main point is that B Lab is making it open for all sorts of businesses to complete the B Corp assessment and potentially succeed make this certification so much more meaningful and accessible. So even an importer of single-use disposable consumables can be included!