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      From The Nest — BCorp

      Eagle earns B Corp Certification for a Third Term

       

      Eagle & B Corp Logo

      We are incredibly proud to announce that in late 2016, The Eagle Group successfully recertified as a B Corporation for a third consecutive 2-year term. We have maintained our score and have been third-party verified as meeting rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. Eagle Protect (known as Eagle Consumables back then) was the first to certify in New Zealand as a founding B Corp in the class of 2012, Eagle Protect PBC was the first New Zealand company to be incorporated as a Benefit Corporation in the US, and we are equally proud to have earned recertification again in 2016. We are the world's only disposable glove specialist that is a Certified B Corporation.

      Eagle Staff Members

      The B Impact Assessment, powered by the non-profit B Lab assesses company impact in areas around governance, workers, community and the environment. Rigorous documentation reviews and in-depth questions in these areas must be successfully completed in order to reach the benchmark of 80 out of 200 points for certification. With a new version of the B Impact Assessment released every two years, this is a living document that undergoes regular review and refinement. This is where there is such strength in the certification framework and Eagle welcomes the challenge of continuing to seek improvement in all areas of operations. 

       You can read our latest impact report here

      Here are some of the improvements and challenges we face as we gain B Corp certification for another term:

      • We have increased our community work and volunteerism – in the reporting period we donated over 144 hours of community service of team and individual volunteering. Our challenge now is to more clearly define our community giving so we can maximise our positive impact.
      • We have reviewed the realities of having some staff who work remotely from home offices and created new policies to guide best practice around waste reduction and local purchasing of office supplies.
      • We continue to maintain high levels of employee engagement which we measure through annual surveys. We seek to encourage even more staff to pursue further professional development in the next two years.
      • Our retention rate is currently an average of 5 years and our team enjoy a wide range of benefits that support us to grow as individuals. This, in turn, creates positive ripples that reach beyond the company itself.
      • We are continuing to seek ways to reduce the impact of our product on the environment. This is an ongoing challenge for us and we are making headway in this area through education on correct choice, use and disposal methods for our products. We are also working on three distinct recycling projects, one in New Zealand and two in the US.
      • A Sustainability Report is now published every year as we fine tune our reporting transparency beyond simply publishing our impact report on our website.

      As we leave behind a year which saw tumultuous change around the world in politics, humanitarian and environmental issues, we remain committed to the values behind the B Corporation movement that hold at its core the belief that business really can be a force for good for all involved. We believe it is our responsibility to continue to lead with intent, and show that the combination of business and purpose is not only possible, it is necessary. While it may feel that we can do little to effect change on a large scale to address some of the wider issues facing us, we can start with where we are, and use our business and our values to make a real positive change to all those in contact with Eagle in some way. 

      We are proud to be part of a growing community of over 2000 certified B Corps around the world, from over 130 countries and 50 industries. To learn more and register to take the free B Impact Assessment, visit www.bcorporation.net. 

      Using Business as a Force for Good

      2015 Sustainability Report Release

      We believe in transparency at Eagle, and want to make it easy for people to see what we are doing and why. As a result, we have created our annual Sustainability Report for 2015 which you can view here.

      This report details the work we have been doing over the last year to continue being a business as a force for good for all stakeholders - our people, customers, suppliers, community and the environment.

      From our volunteering efforts and charitable giving to our product innovation and environmental awareness, the report gives stakeholders assurance that Eagle is walking the talk on our sustainability journey. It’s our first full-length report and we are excited about measuring what matters and setting more goals for 2016 and beyond.

      If you are interested in our Sustainability efforts and what to find out more then contact our Sustainability Coordinator, Kath Row on kath@eagleprotect.co.nz

      Christchurch Companies Leading the Way*

      Three Christchurch businesses are among the first four in New Zealand to be internationally recognized for doing business that creates value beyond the bottom line.

      Eagle Protect, Ethique, and Global Cycling Adventures have all been certified as B Corporations, a global network of elite companies that are genuinely committed to their people, the planet, as well as profit The certification process measures performance, transparency, and commitment to these goals. B Corporations are legally bound to consider the impact their decisions have on all their stakeholders, from shareholders, employees, suppliers and customers to the wider community and environment.

      Steve Ardagh, CEO of Eagle Protect says, “Having 3 out of the 4 New Zealand B Corps based in Christchurch is quite special. Christchurch is a place of transformation – more and more companies are re-working their current structures into new, progressive models that embed social and environmental commitments into the company blueprint. B Corp fits this.”

      "To have a community of B Corps based locally can only help grow the city as a place for sustainable business to flourish.”

      Certified B Corporations are leading a global movement to redefine success in business and are distinguishing themselves in a cluttered marketplace by offering a positive vision of a better way to do business.

      Brianne West, founder of Ethique said, “I founded Ethique with the outrageous goal of becoming the world’s most sustainable cosmetic company which is easy to say, much harder to achieve. Becoming a B Corp not only showed everyone out there that we are serious about it, but it also helped us develop a framework for a few systems and checks we didn’t already have in place.”

      B Corporation Certification also opens up an international network of businesses for New Zealand companies who are prepared to go through the certification process. Ralph Freeman, owner of Global Cycling Adventures was keen to get involved and be part of the global community.

      “When we were presented with the idea of becoming a B Corporation we jumped on board right away. Not only did it match the heart of our company and what we were already doing, but we saw it as a way to increase our global reach to a group of people who see the world the same way we do.”

      Eagle Protect is a testament to how this international network can work for New Zealand business. It’s opened doors and given them the confidence to open a California office which is expected to be in full operation later this year.

      To put it simply, B Corporation is like Fair Trade, but for the whole business, not just a bag of coffee, and these three Christchurch businesses are helping to put New Zealand on the map.

      Examples of other international B Corporations include Patagonia, Ben & Jerry’s and KeepCup.

       

      About B Corporations

      Certified B Corporations meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests, and build collective voice through the power of the unifying B Corporation brand. There are more than 1,200 Certified B Corporations from over 120 industries and nearly 50 countries with 1 unifying goal – to redefine success in business. B Corporations are leaders of the global movement of People Using Business as a Force for Good.

       

      About Global Cycling Adventures

      Global Cycling Adventures was established in 2001 to provide exciting biking tours around the world. The focus is on delivering unique tours in locations that follow the same quality standard of service no matter where you are in the world. Tours offered are off the beaten tourist paths whilst some will be renowned locations that no global directly would be complete without. The company is privately held and headquartered in Christchurch, New Zealand. For more information, please visit www.globalcyclingadventures.com.  

       

      About Eagle Protect

      We are a Christchurch-based, specialised importer and distributor of single-use disposable goods for the food processing and preparation industries, the medical sector, automotive, cleaning industry and any other major users of these products. A US branch based in California will be operational by the end of 2015.

       

      About Ethique

      Ethique is a 100% solid skin and hair care company based in Christchurch, New Zealand. They are committed to making amazing-smelling, seriously bubbly hair, face and body bars using natural ingredients and minimal packaging. Their lab is powered by 100% renewable energy, they are proudly certified climate-neutral and are a business where sustainability runs deep.

       

      In the first instance for more information please contact:
      Leigh Gray
      Digital Operative
      leigh@digitaloperative.co.nz
      021 119 6642

      *Ordinal post can be found here on Scoop.

      Spreading the B Corp Message

      The topic of conversation at our BCorp Event last night was spreading the B Corp message of being a socially responsible business and to generate a bigger interest in the BCorp movement here in Christchurch. As a founding BCorp in NZ, it was great to see such an interest in what BCorp stands for, a business that cares. Alicia From BCorp Australia spoke about why BCorps matter while Steve our CEO spoke about who Eagle is and where we fit into the BCorp umbrella.

      In a world where it seems that for every winner there has to be a loser, B Corp offers businesses a way of putting a stake in the ground and saying, we don’t need to screw every last cent out of a deal or be the cheapest. Rather we should be a good business that cares for its suppliers, customers, and team, as well as looking after it’s wider community.

      B Corps, of which Eagle is NZ’s first, are leading a global movement to redefine success in business. By voluntarily meeting higher standards of transparency, accountability, and performance, Certified B Corps are distinguishing themselves in a cluttered marketplace by offering a positive vision of a better way to do business.

      It’s time to put not only Christchurch but also New Zealand on the map amongst the big named companies, that we are a country that cares enough to offer a positive vision of a better way to do business. Join the movement with us today!

      Is Your Company A BCorp Yet?

      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!