ESG and Sustainability

The journey towards B Corp certification

The challenges and benefits of taking the road to a sustainable future

This article is an introduction into AGC BTR’s journey towards achieving B Corp certification and our experience so far in working towards more sustainable goals.

It details an overview of what B Corp means and the changes we’re making to try and achieve this. We also look into the positive impact B Corp can have on our clients and the wider BTR community.

B Corp Certification is a designation that a business is meeting high standards of verified performance, accountability, and transparency on factors from supply-chain practices and input materials to employee benefits and charitable giving.

The accreditation was introduced in 2006 and has been steadily growing ever since with more than 4,600 Certified B Corporations worldwide.

Designed as a way of redefining businesses as a force for good, B Corp companies are working towards positively impacting the global economy by encouraging a more inclusive, equitable and regenerative system, assessed against a set of social and environmental standards set out by B Lab.

The focus is on people, planet and profit.  

B Lab is the non-profit network transforming the global economy to benefit all people, communities, and the planet. 

In order to achieve B Corp certification, a company must:  

1. Demonstrate high social and environmental performance by achieving a B Impact Assessment score of 80 or above and passing our risk review.

Multi-national corporations must also meet baseline requirement standards. 

What we did: We aligned our eco manifesto and responsibilities in line with Walpole, which we joined in 2020 after researching for an authentic, certified approach to becoming more sustainable. We then became aware of B Corp as a well-regarded, global certification in sustainability. B Corp is properly audited, realistic and holistic in its approach and has a focused direction. We engaged with a third-party specialist sustainability consultant to help us begin our B Corp journey.  

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