Since sharing the list of resources we’ve found super useful in helping us cut through the noise and get started on our sustainability journey, we’ve been busy working on our B Impact assessment, finalising and embedding current and new practices into all aspects of our business and engaging our team members in the process. As we reach the final stages of getting our first B Impact assessment ready for submission, we wanted to share with you what we’ve been up to, some of the challenges we’ve faced so far and things we’ve found useful along the way.
All businesses need to commit to taking action to drive meaningful change, and even if you don’t feel ‘ready,’ the B Impact assessment is a great place to start. B-Corp status recognises businesses acting as a force for good, ones that commit to positively impact all stakeholders – workers, customers, communities, and our planet. The assessment can help you assess the positive impact your business is already making and identify ways in which you could improve to make even more of an impact.
Initially, getting started felt like a daunting task – the amount of work that is needed to complete the assessment should not be underestimated! But the assessment is a great way to be held accountable to continually do better – it’s not just a tick-box exercise and you don’t just stop there, it’s an ongoing commitment to action which involves continuous progress and improvement to drive meaningful, sustainable change.
So far, the process has really challenged us to think about what we already do as a business, what we could do better and changes we could implement. Being a company that works in a hybrid way we’ve had many discussions around how we can measure our footprint so we could set a baseline, targets, and measure progress – whilst we have noted our teams’ providers for the time being to see how ‘green’ they are, we haven’t found the perfect solution yet, so if you have any suggestions let us know!
We’ve also been busy building our sustainable practices into every aspect of our business – articles, processes and our people. To engage our team in the climate conversation and raise their awareness, we’ve been using Giki – it measures our carbon footprints, helps us understand our impact and offers us actionable steps we can commit to. As a team, we’ve all committed to take actionable steps to a more sustainable lifestyle – including swapping instead of buying, planting pollinator friendly flowers, reducing meat consumption and attending sustainability events.
Something we’ve found particularly useful throughout the process of completing our first B Impact assessment is getting advice from a cohort – it’s been invaluable – being able to bounce ideas off each other and learning how other businesses are being a force for good.
Climate change isn’t an issue we can solve alone, we all have a part to play. Being a sustainable business is a continuous process that involves time, learning and taking real action to drive meaningful change. If you missed our last post of useful resources to help you get started on your sustainability journey, you can check it out here: https://themagnusclub.com/our-sustainability-journey-part-1-getting-started/