We are working away in the background to become B corp accredited.
So what are B corps?
B Corp certification is to sustainable business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee.
B Corporations represent an emerging group of companies that are using the power of business to create a positive impact on the world and generate a shared and durable prosperity for all.
When we started BizBuddyHub as a collaborative idea – addressing pain points in our local area – we always intended to get our Bcorp certification – e.g. be a purpose driven business and when we first enquired we needed to be trading for 18 months, we have now reached that milestone and although it is quite an intensive process to work on our governance and impact measurements, we believe it is most important that we focus on this not only for accreditation purposes but also, because our reason for being is purpose driven and you cannot manage or influence what you cannot measure.
We firmly believe that all business should be focused on that which is good for people, our environment and our planet and that the social enterprise movement should be all business not just a nice to have on the side.
Yes, it is tenuous, yes, it is hard for a start up that is time-poor and boot strapped, But, if we do not get our governance right from the beginning we lose sight of our WHY and I wonder how many businesses have lost sight of their purpose over time. Surely there is more to life than financial returns to stakeholders?
We often get asked, so are you a not for profit? well the answer is simple, we are a for profit purpose driven business. we will be sustainable e.g. not dependent of funding or grants, we will build from the ground up and we exist purely to benefit our local members, our community and our local economy.
B corps is for everyone and B corps matter
“The B Corp movement is one of the most important of our lifetime, built on the simple fact that business impacts and serves more than just shareholders—it has an equal responsibility to the community and to the planet”. Rose Marcario, CEO of Patagonia
If you are in business why not check out if you are able to become B corp certified
B the Change – People Using Business as a Force for Good
BizBuddyHub is a membership organisation focused on building collaboration between local business, skills, groups and stakeholders and resources to build local economy and social cohesion.
We live local, work local, shop local and collaborate global – would you like to join us?