what is an ethical business?

Jun 16, 2021

An ethical business does right by people. It thinks about the impact of its actions on the world – and works to make that impact positive.

Being an ethical business means putting people and the planet at the heart of everything we do. It means being honest. Honest about where we’re doing well, and where we want to do better.

At Honest Mobile, we’re building a different kind of mobile network. A B Corp, a Living Wage Employer and a Carbon Negative business. An ethical business that gives the big guys a run for their money – built on honesty and integrity.

what is a b corp?

B Corps are businesses that have a triple bottom line, balancing profit with people and the planet 🌎  They don’t exist just to make money. They’re held responsible for their social and environmental impact and have made a commitment to keep improving.

The B Corp certification process is pretty rigorous – but definitely worth it. If you’re thinking about becoming a B Corp check out our guide to becoming a B Corp here.

One of our favourite things to do is connecting and supporting other B Corps that are a force for good in the world. And that only makes our overall impact greater.

here are 4 of our favourite ethical businesses (and all b corps)

what does being an ethical business mean for honest mobile members?

We’re building a new kind of mobile network. One that lets customers know when they’re paying too much. That doesn’t trick them into paying for things they don’t need or data they couldn’t possibly use.

Our easy to use bill caps means you don’t get caught out by expensive calls and our flexible rolling contracts mean you can cancel any time.

Our smarter notifications and app-first approach let you stay in control of your bill – and also track your positive climate impact. You can see how much carbon you’ve removed from the atmosphere and how many trees you’ve planted – and even choose to plant more. If you do you might win a free month of Honest.

But being an ethical business is more than just our features. It’s helping our members find sustainable handsets and have a healthy relationship with their phone. It’s using tech as a force for good.

what does being an ethical business mean for the honest mobile team?

We’re a small but mighty team. Our company culture is built on our core value – honesty. Need something to do your job better? Tell Andy and Josh. Think something could be improved? Share it with the team. The team is honest, open and celebrates everyone’s wins. Andy and Josh (our founders) are part of the team and communication goes both ways.

Personal and professional development is everything at Honest. Giving our team the support to learn and grow is critical.

Honest is also proud to be a certified living wage employer.

what does being an ethical business mean for the planet?

As the world’s first carbon negative mobile network we’re going beyond carbon neutrality. We offset double our carbon footprint – actively removing CO2 from the atmosphere.

We’re a member of 1% for the Planet – a global network of businesses donating 1% of their revenue to environmental organisations. We work with TreeSisters – whose tree planting projects put community and women’s empowerment front and centre.

We want to help people understand the impact of tech on the planet. And give them the choice to take a stand. Read more about everything we’re doing here.