Last month we announced we are officially a Certified B Corporation. 🥳 This was really important for us and means we’re holding ourselves to the highest social and environmental standards. This means doing the right thing by our customers, our team and our planet, every single time.
One of the best things about being a B Corp is joining an inspiring community of like-minded people and businesses that want to share ideas and support one another on their mission to use business as a force for good.
We wanted to share with you 10 of our favourite B Corps all doing their bit for society and the planet in innovative and creative ways.
Take a look…
Back in 1999 this organisation began as a couple of friends selling smoothies at festivals.
Fast forward 20 years and they make all sorts of smoothies, juices and other healthy, delicious drinks as part of their quest to help people live well and die old.
As a B Corp, Innocent take full responsibility for their impact on the planet and society and they give 10% of their profits to charity, mainly via the innocent foundation, which gives grants to charities so that they can help the world’s hungry.
Bulb is the UK’s fastest growing energy company aiming to transform the industry by making energy Simpler, Cheaper and Greener. 💡
They provide 100% renewable electricity and 100% carbon neutral gas to all their members.
They have offset more than 4 million tonnes of CO2 so far, helped protect 17,607 hectares of rainforest, saved families £9.3 million on cooking fuel, and reduced air pollution for 681,700 people, too.
Sounds pretty impressive to us.
Oddbox is on a mission to rescue odd and surplus fruit and veg directly from the farm and help save the planet. 🥕
Did you know that 20-40% of produce in the UK is wasted before it even leaves the farms? Oddbox gets this great food into people’s homes and has now grown from packing a couple of boxes of odd fruit and veg on a saturday morning to delivering over 30,000 boxes across London and Brighton.
All of their boxes are packed in sustainable packaging and they work alongside some excellent charities such as The Felix Project and City Harvest to help the fight against food poverty and food waste.
4. Jude’s Ice Cream
Jude’s is a family owned business selling some of the very finest (yes, you guessed it) ice cream. 🍧
They believe in the power businesses have to support local communities. They run educational programs with local schools, support community events and donate 10% of all their profits to charities that work with children and young people.
Their sustainable commitments don’t just support people, but our planet too. Their dairy has recently switched to using 100% renewable electricity, they recycle cardboard, plastic and metal from ingredient packaging, invest in energy efficient equipment, and recycle millions of litres of water each year.
Brewgooder is a social enterprise committed to ending water poverty for one million people in rural Malawi through the power of craft beer. 🍻
Since launching with a crowdfund on World Water Day in 2016, the Brewgooder Foundation has helped to provide 40,000 people with clean drinking water.
6. Origin Coffee
Origin Coffee is a specialist coffee roaster with one main ethos; to source exceptional coffee through a sustainable, triple bottom line approach. ☕️
The Origin team have always strived to demonstrate full transparency in their supply chain and foster long term partnerships directly with coffee producers around the world.
They go the extra mile to support local communities achieve environmentally and socially sustainable farming and to give the end drinker full traceability of what’s in their cup.
Allplants was founded on the belief that eating 100% plant-based meals should be tasty, easy and convenient. 🌱
They provide fully plant-based dishes that are cooked by hand, perfectly portioned and quickly frozen to lock in all the goodness, ready to enjoy, without waste or worry.
And even better, all their packaging is either recyclable, compostable and/or reusable and they work with a carbon-neutral delivery partner, too.
Callaly is a disruptive feminine care company launching the Tampliner – the first meaningful innovation to a tampon in 80 years.
All of their packaging is recyclable, compostable or biodegradable, and last year 5% of their sales were donated to nonprofits. They also use their platform to help bust the period taboo, normalise menstruation and empower all people with periods to feel proud of what their bodies can do.
They are a clear example of a business balancing purpose and profit by constantly going above and beyond to support their community.
Teapigs was founded on one mission – to get the nation drinking real tea again. 🐷
Teapigs have racked up over 100 Great Taste Awards, but there’s a lot more to it than just great tea.
There are so many things that make Teapigs a great example of a B Corp. To name a few: they have plant based tea temples, they give back to tea growing communities through their ethical donation scheme and they were the first tea company awarded the Plastic-Free trustmark from A Plastic Planet.
10. The Guardian
Leading media organisation The Guardian became a B Corp back in 2019. The organisation publishes the Guardian and the Observer newspapers and the theguardian.com website, one of the largest English-speaking quality news websites in the world. 🗞
Alongside becoming a B Corp they have committed to being carbon neutral by 2030 and already have a target of eliminating the gender pay gap in the top half of their organisation by 2022.
The Guardian is one of the most trusted and recognized news outlets in the world so it’s recent certification is a great example of how large organisations can work as a force for good.
These are just some of the B Corps we wanted to shout out, but there are loads of other certified businesses doing really inspiring stuff. You can check them out here.