What’s a B Corporation?
B Corporations (or B Corps) are a growing group of companies who are reinventing business by balancing purpose with profit.
As a Certified B Corp, we meet rigorous social and environmental standards, which represents our commitment to goals beyond profit.
We’re now part of a community of over 2800 businesses globally who have certified as B Corps, 215 of which are in the UK where the community is reflective of the UK economy with businesses from a cross section of industries and sizes. These include well known brands like innocent, Patagonia, Pukka Herbs, Abel & Cole, Divine, and JoJo Maman Bebe.
This is important to us
When we first heard about the B-Corps assessment through Scotland Can B, it seemed like an obvious process for us to go through. After all, we are a mission-led company, with a vision for social change and our values are already embedded into everything we do. We’re also already active members of the global Zebras Unite movement, calling for a more ethical and inclusive startup culture.
Although the process of assessment was intensive and challenging, we didn’t doubt our ability to achieve certification. Because our business is about impact, we already use our own method which gives us the tools to track how we make sure we achieve our mission.
“We are delighted to be joining a community of like-minded business leaders who care about making a difference in the world. At Matter of Focus we support organisations in the public and voluntary sectors and we know that budgets are tight. It does not chime with our personal or business values to be maximising profits in this environment. We need to be a sustainable business but making money and making a difference go hand in hand for us.”Sarah Morton Co-Founding Director of Matter of Focus
“Matter of Focus has always been in our radar as a start-up so relevant to our mission to build a culture of impact management in Scotland. We are very glad our training supported them on their business journey. Their decision now to become a B Corp shows their commitment to making this part of an ongoing journey and be part of a growing community in Scotland and globally.”Delfina Zagarzazu from Scotland Can B
A rigorous assessment process
We were assessed and certified by B Lab UK as having met rigorous standards across five impact areas: governance, workers, community, environment and customers.
It was a rigorous assessment process; we needed to achieve a cumulative score of over 80 by providing robust evidence of socially and environmentally responsible practices – including energy supplies, waste and water use, worker compensation and well-being, diversity and corporate transparency.
“Being able to welcome Matter of Focus to the B Corp community is hugely exciting. Their commitment to doing business differently will be an inspiration to others and really help spread the idea that we can redefine success in business to be as much about people and planet as it is about profit”.Kate Sandle, Director of Programmes and Engagement of B Lab UK
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