B Corporation

B Corporation

An assessment that looks at wider business behaviours - touches on pesticides and carbon, but doesn't cover animals.










Label Mouse says:

b-corp certified companies are really looking to show their wider 'good' credentials to customers and other businesses. The environmental part of their assessment criteria is the only bit that's relevant to us here at Label Mouse.

It's 30 questions that cover environmental management, air and climate, water, land & life. The questions touch on how a company measures and manages its carbon footprint, whether they have green building standards or whether they use pesticides. After the questionnaire and a £250 fee, b-corp follow up with validation and the company needs to re-verify every three years.

A company could obtain b-corp certification if they use pesticides, or if they don't pay minimum wage (for example) as long as they score well in other areas.

After digging around in the assessment platform it seems agriculture and fisheries are the ones most applicable to us and there isn't much in these categories that give us any confidence that a company couldn't get certified by another means.

We'd say look out for it as an indicator of a transparent and open organisation when it comes to reporting and governance (but don't forget Brewdog were b-corp certified while having a "rotten culture"*, and Nespresso are b-corp ffs...*), it doesn't mean anything when it comes to animal welfare.

They promise:

B Corp certified members are required to make a commitment to consider their company’s impact now and in the future. They need to score over 80 on an assessment that covers:

Governance (code of ethics; financial information disclosure), Workers (health, wellness and safety), Community (civic engagement and giving; diversity), Customers (customer feedback mechanisms; regularly monitoring customer outcomes), and most importantly for us - Environment: environmental management system; recycling materials; water, waste and energy usage

The environmental side evaluates a company’s overall environmental management practices as well as its impact on the air, climate, water, land and biodiversity. This includes the direct impact of a company’s operations and, if applicable its supply chain and distribution channels.

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There are a lot of food labels out there, but its pretty unclear what they mean.

With the UK leaving the EU we're able to define our own regulations on how our food is produced, the impact on the environment and how the animals involved are cared for. This could be a good or a bad thing. The extra player in the mix is that brands are introducing their own schemes which can appear more eco-friendly than they actually are.

Label Mouse does the research to help you make more informed buying choices. Hope it's useful.
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