One of the most influential business organisations and the largest Chamber of Commerce in the UK, Business West, has been certified as a B Corporation (B Corp), joining a global community of organisations reinventing business by balancing profit with people and the planet.
B Corp certification addresses the entirety of a business’s operations, covering five key impact areas of Governance, Workers, Community, Environment and Customers. The process is rigorous, requiring evidence of socially and environmentally responsible practices.
Business West’s carbon-neutral target, Living Wage Foundation accreditation, Transparency in Supply Chains reporting and involvement in the diversity initiative are all key factors that enabled it to reach this benchmark score.
Phil Smith, Managing Director of Business West, said, “We’re delighted to join a growing community of businesses globally pursuing purpose as well as profit. At the core of our mission is sustainable and inclusive growth of the region, which prioritises quality of life for those who live, work and learn here. B Corp certification provides a roadmap of how we as a business can continue to improve and encourage others to join us so that we have a greater impact in the region that we serve.”
Business West is now part of a community of 4,000 businesses globally who have certified as B Corps. The B Corp community in the UK, representing a broad cross-section of industries and sizes, comprises over 400 companies and includes well-known brands such as The Guardian,innocent, Patagonia, The Body Shop and organic food pioneers Abel & Cole. In South West England, Business West joins the likes of Triodos, Finisterre, Hobbs House Bakery and Stroud Brewery in certifying as a B Corp.
Greg Pilley, Managing Director of fellow B Corp Stroud Brewery – which produced an organic pale ale to help Business West celebrate its B Corp status – said, “My advice would be jump in there and register. It costs nothing to start working your way through the questions. There is a lot of emphasis on carbon and climate, and alongside that people and biodiversity. People must change their behaviour and move from measuring success purely on profit and GDP, to also measure the quality of life.”
Chris Turner, Executive Director of B Lab UK, the organisation that certifies B Corps, added, “Being able to welcome Business West to the B Corp community is hugely exciting. Its commitment to doing business differently will be an inspiration to others and really help spread the idea that we can redefine success in business to be as much about people and planet as it is about profit.”
To watch a video by speed painter Dave Sharp to see his interpretation of B Corp’s triple bottom line – people, planet and profits, visit: https://www.businesswest.co.uk/about/our-story/business-west-certified-b-corp
Pictured above: Fellow B Corp Stroud Brewery produced signature pale ale ‘A Force for Good’ to celebrate Business West’s successful completion of the B Corp certification process