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ZeroBees becomes a Certified B Corporation

ZeroBees, a sustainability agency focusing on delivering decarbonisation and impact for small and medium sized business, joins the growing movement of companies using business as a force for good

 

London, 17th July 2024 — ZeroBees has today announced its certification as a B Corporation (or B Corp), joining a growing movement of companies that are reinventing business for the benefit of all people and our shared planet. Verified by B Lab, the not-for-profit behind the B Corp movement, the achievement demonstrates that ZeroBees meets high standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability alongside a commitment to goals beyond shareholder value.

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The news comes as the ongoing climate crisis and widening social inequality continue to pose urgent challenges to our economy. B Corp Certification assesses the entirety of a business’ operations and currently covers five main impact areas: Governance, Workers, Community, Environment and Customers. The certification process is rigorous, with companies required to reach a score of 80 points in the B Impact Assessment while providing evidence of responsible practices relating to energy supplies, waste and water use, worker compensation, diversity, and corporate transparency. A business must also legally embedded their commitment to purpose as well as profit in their company articles.

 

ZeroBees is now part of a growing community of over 8,000 businesses globally that have certified as B Corps. The B Corp community in the UK is one of the largest and fastest-growing in the world, with over 1,700 companies spanning a range of different industries and sizes. Names include The Guardian, Innocent Drinks, Patagonia, Tony’s Chocolonely, The Big Issue, Finisterre, Elemis, and Sipsmith Gin.

 

ZeroBees is also part of the Better Business Act — a coalition made up of over 2,000 businesses campaigning for a change to the law that would see all companies in the UK align their long-term interests with those of wider society and the environment.

 

Chris Turner, executive director of B Lab UK, says:

"We are delighted to welcome ZeroBees to the B Corp community. This is a movement of companies that are committed to changing how business operates and believe business really can be a force for good. We know that ZeroBees is going to be a fantastic addition to the community and will continue driving the conversation forward.”


Toby Radcliffe, founder of ZeroBees, says:

"We are incredibly pleased to have joined the B Corp movement at last. Not least as we have been strong proponents of our own clients working towards B Corps where they are impact focused. As a mission-led sustainability firm, we've got great foundations, but there's always more to do on any organisations sustainability journey."

 

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About ZeroBees: ZeroBees is an award-winning sustainability and data organisation. Our mission is to accelerate uptake of sustainability and decarbonisation across value chains, in particular enabling SMEs to engage, at scale. Our core work involved sustainability consulting, advisory, analysis and comms – insight and action plans to deliver against our client’s sustainability and ESG goals.

 

About B Lab: B Lab is transforming the global economy to benefit all people, communities, and the planet. A leader in economic systems change, our global network creates standards, policies, tools, and programs for business, and we certify companies — known as B Corps — who are leading the way. To date, our community includes 730,000 workers in over 8,000 B Corps across 95 countries and 162 industries. More than 280,000 companies manage their impact with the B Impact Assessment and the SDG Action Manager. B Lab has created and led efforts to pass over 50 corporate statutes globally that enable stakeholder governance, with over 10,000 companies using the legal framework. To learn more and join the movement, visit www.bcorporation.net.

 

About B Lab UK: As part of this global non-profit network, B Lab UK’s purpose is to redefine success in business through building a community of engaged businesses, raising awareness of the B Corp movement and influencing change in the UK economy. Find out more.

 

About B Corp Certification: B Corp Certification doesn’t just evaluate a product or service, it assesses the overall social and environmental impact of the company that stands behind it. To achieve B Corp Certification, a company must meet a score of at least 80 points on the B Impact Assessment, an evaluation of a company’s positive impact, and pass a risk review, an evaluation of a company’s negative impact; change their corporate governance structure to be accountable to all stakeholders, not just shareholders; and exhibit transparency by allowing information about their B Corp Certification performance to be publicly available on their B Corp profile on B Lab’s website. B Corps recertify every three years and once certified, are expected to increase their score over time as they progress towards becoming more equitable, inclusive and regenerative businesses.

 

B Lab Contact: media@bcorporation.uk 

ZeroBees Contact: gurus@zerobees.co.uk

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