What is a B Corp?
B Lab is the leading organisation certifying B Corporations, or B Corps, who meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.
The B Corp global movement started back in 2015, with the hopes of creating a community of businesses as a force for good. The concept took off with businesses across the world and as of 2022, there are over 1000 certified B Corps across the UK, and nearly 6000 worldwide. Closer to home, a growing number of companies in the north and south of Ireland have now earned the prestigious title including Armagh-based bag company and social enterprise Madlug, and clean energy partner UrbanVolt.
During the rigorous application process, B Lab measures the business’ entire social and environmental performance. After answering hundreds of questions, completing an interview, and validating claims through supporting documentation, those with an Overall B Impact Score of over 80 out of a possible 200 points qualify for the certification. To cement their commitment, certified BCorps must sign a legal agreement and continue to be verified by B Lab every 3 years.
Why B Corp?
For DELI LITES, officially becoming a B Corp provides confirmation that we are meeting the high standards of social and environmental performance that we constantly strive for and encourage throughout the business. It means being part of a wide network of like-minded organisations that prioritise people and positive change alongside profit.
While our journey towards B Corporation certification technically started in June 2021, we’ve been building up to this moment since 1998. From the very beginning we have embraced doing things differently, on a mission to improve the lives of our people, community and the world we live in.
If you are considering applying to become a Certified B Corporation, while it can be a financially and labour intensive process, we would highly recommend it.
The B Corp Declaration of Interdependence.
We envision a global economy that uses business as a force for good.
This economy is comprised of a new type of corporation – the B Corporation – which is purpose-driven and creates benefit for all stakeholders, not just shareholders.
As Certified B Corporations and leaders of this emerging economy, we believe:
- That we must be the change we seek in the world.
- That all business ought to be conducted as if people and place mattered.
- That, through their products, practices, and profits, businesses should aspire to do no harm and benefit all.
- To do so requires that we act with the understanding that we are each dependent upon another and thus responsible for each other and future generations.
As a certified B Corporation, DELI LITES and Planet Café join a community of ethical businesses prioritising environmental and social performance alongside financial performance. We have always attached significant importance to balancing food, people, and the planet, aiming to look after the environment and community while delivering a product that is full of quality and personality.
To learn more, head over to B Corp UK.