First created in US law in Maryland in 2010, the Benefit Corporation is a new legal status of incorporation that requires organisations both to make profit and to serve a greater societal purpose. Crucially, they have a fiduciary duty to their shareholders on both counts, not just on profit, and so must state and report against a measurable public benefit.

Baby food brand Plum Organics was among the first to adopt this status, committing them to raise awareness and advance solutions for childhood hunger and malnutrition in the United States – not just sell baby food – and committing their shareholders to hold them to it. The associated voluntary certification system, the B Corporation movement, arrived in the UK in 2015.

Certified B Corporations are a new kind of business that balances purpose and profit. They are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment.

Although not food specific, they do include UK food brands, and there is inspiration to be drawn from the community of pioneers they are building, how businesses support one another and learn from each other, whether it is from their online forums or in-person events.

What we love about them:

We love that the B-corporation community has an online platform for different departments to share knowledge, help one another and provide mentoring support for employees of the member organisations.

More information: https://bcorporation.net/

2 days ago
"Being a B Corp certified company is another step on our journey to getting better every day and helps us in our promise to being The Life & Soul of the Pantry."
A B-ig welcome to brand new #BCorp Tracklements!
https://t.co/xumvmQYjmu https://t.co/nz4K8koPOe
3 days ago
Join the B Lab UK team… we’re looking for a Social Media Coordinator!
💰 £30,000 plus benefits
💂 London with 2-3 days from home
🗓️ Closing 29th November
Tag someone you think would be interested in this exciting new role. More here: https://t.co/eSfs8qfHGI #CharityJobs https://t.co/YEJX0ZPVeb
3 days ago
We’ve been catching up with some of the 1,000+ #BCorps that have committed to achieving #NetZero by 2030. Thanks @RobDelius at @StrideTreglown’s for sharing your journey with us.
https://t.co/z7IjpmebYQ https://t.co/RsK74Kt9BQ
3 days ago
We’re looking for an #HR/People Lead to be based in London (currently 2-3 days working from home).
Are you an HR professional looking for a new challenge, or do you know someone who is? Find out more 👇 and please share 🙏
https://t.co/UHGL0kKMH5 #Jobs #CharityJob #JobVacancy https://t.co/0buOOPzrGB
3 days ago
B Lab UK's Director of Programmes and Engagement @kvsandle has been thinking back on her experiences at #COP26. Hear more from Kate https://t.co/EAe56Tf6xB What moments stood out for you? https://t.co/eO6y08G3re
3 days ago
Now the dust has settled on #COP26, we’ve been catching up with the team to find out more about their experiences of the conference. Here’s one reflection from Chris Turner, Executive Director of B Lab UK. #BCorps https://t.co/8YlAJgFHfB
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