The B Corporation has one clear aim; to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. This is a movement that began in the US where, by law, companies must put profitability ahead of any other facet of their business, including mitigating adverse effects on society and the environment. The B Corp movement allowed companies to declare that they want social and environmental responsibility to be just as paramount as their bottom line. As the movement prepares to launch in the UK, PKB has joined the cause at the leading edge, becoming a Founding UK B Corp.
As we are going through our application I can see how this is the perfect time for PKB to be taking on this initiative and working toward accreditation.The B Corp Impact Assessment is thorough, taking note of our environmental impact, pay structures and transparency as well as our contributions to wider society and innovation. As the PKB team starts to grow with new staff and new deployments, I know that the B Corp best practices and accreditation will help us to maintain the feeling of being one inter-connected team. B Corp will put in place practices that will help PKB to scale whilst continuing to support its workforce, in order to continue the hands-on and personalised service PKB has delivered from it’s inception.
By becoming a B Corp, PKB will be recognised amongst other socially conscious companies such as Ben & Jerry’s and Patagonia, and already when we tell our partners we are pursuing B Corp certification, they recognise what this accreditation represents and the processes and practices that must be in place in order to achieve this. Right now we are busy writing a “to do list” of actions for the coming year influenced by the Impact Assessment; the first aim is to receive our B Corp Certification and to stand up at the September B Corp UK launch event and encourage other companies to follow suit.
Our CEO Mohammad was recently interviewed as part of the B Corp UK promotions, and here you can listen to him explain what joining B Corp UK means to him