B Lab is transforming the global economy to benefit all people, communities, and the planet. A leader in economic systems change, our global network creates standards, policies, and tools for business, and we certify companies—known as B Corps—who are leading the way. To date, our community includes over 3,500 B Corps in 70 countries and 150 industries, over 8,000 benefit corporations, and more than 100,000 companies manage their impact with the B Impact Assessment and the SDG Action Manager.
B Interdependent is an initiative from the B Lab Global Network to support businesses around the world by offering relevant and essential resources, and sharing inspiration and leadership from the B Corp community.
That means putting public health and safety ahead of profits. It means providing high-quality jobs, living wages, health insurance, paid sick leave, flexible work schedules, and more—all of which B Corps do every day, all around the world.
This is the time to build a new social contract between business and society—and the key to a resilient economy is both accountability to and prioritizing of workers, communities, and the environment.
Not only has COVID-19 created new societal problems, it’s exacerbating long-standing ones, particularly around inequality, poverty, and public health. These issues, and many others, are at the core of the Sustainable Development Goals, which B Lab and the B Corp community are continuously helping drive action toward.
With marginalized communities more likely to die from and be disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, and social unrest on a global scale stemming from inequities and injustices that Black people and marginalized communities experience, B Lab understands that there are inherent intersections between racial justice and COVID-19, and that we must embed dismantling structural racism in our pursuit of an inclusive, equitable, and regenerative economic system.
Building off of our Declaration of Interdependence, B Lab has developed the following guiding principles for all Certified B Corporations to operate responsibly and use their business as a force for good during COVID-19.
B Corps, however, are not the only businesses who should live into this guidance. All businesses can and should, and we encourage them to make transparent the specific ways that they are living into them.
At a minimum, all responsible businesses are expected to:
• Adhere to the letter and spirit of health experts and local regulations as they advise businesses on whether and how to operate,
• Not engage in any exploitative practices that may unfairly benefit them while risking harm to others (including competitors),
• Manage all decisions with potential negative impacts on stakeholders with due respect and consideration of those stakeholders.
In addition to these minimum expectations, all responsible businesses should, to the extent possible:
• Treat their most vulnerable stakeholders and those from marginalized communities as a priority in their decision-making,
• Identify and deliver on opportunities to positively contribute, and optimize, their contribution to the immediate needs of society,
• Think systemically and collaboratively, not only in understanding our social and environmental challenges, but in how to address them in ways that can extend beyond their own operations,
• Continue to consider and manage the long term social and environmental performance of their business.
Swiss private bank and B Corp Lombard Odier joined forces with Swiss financial services companies, Pictet, Mirabeau and Bordier, to offer 33,000 meals to the staff of HUG, the largest university hospital in Geneva, as an appreciation of their efforts during the pandemic.More about Lombard OdierB Lab Switzerland
Specializing in the design and implementation of language learning experiences, Uruguayan B Corp 4D Lab is working to collect, produce and disseminate accessible information about COVID-19 for people with disabilities and their families.More about 4D LabSistema B Uruguay
Ugandan B Corp Mighty Ally is offering tips on brand management in a crisis and free virtual office hours to answer any questions on your social sector brand or crisis communications during COVID-19 to help shape resilient organizations and scalable brands.More about Mighty AllyEast Africa
As a carbon neutral company, B Corp tour operator Intrepid Travel has a deep understanding of the persistent threat of climate change. To help others in rebuilding responsibly during the pandemic they created a free 10-Step Quick Start Guide to Decarbonise Your Travel Business.More about Intrepid TravelB Lab Australia & New Zealand
Recognizing the feelings of alienation quarantine can bring, Korean B Corp Tree Planet, launched a one for one program where for every companion plant purchased, another one was sent to a friend or family member of the customer.More about Tree PlanetB Lab Korea
American B Corp North Coast Organics, personal care product company, enacted an extra three to six week paid leave package for every staff member. If a staff member remains healthy or does not have to take care of a loved one, this extra time can be used for holiday or be paid out at the end of the year.More about North Coast OrganicsB Lab US & Canada
In order to ensure that China’s visually impaired population had access to the information they needed to stay safe, Chinese B Corp ShenZhen LianDi launched an online audio Chat Program, the very first of its kind in the country, that enables people with visual impairments to access to critical information needed for self-protection, health and support.More about ShenZhen LianDiB Corps in China
In an effort to flatten the COVID-19 curve, Kenyan B Corp Aqua Clara donated 58 and 100 handwashing stations to Bomet and Nyamira counties respectively to be distributed to various health facilities in the counties to ensure everyone is practicing effective handwashing.More about Aqua ClaraB Lab East Africa
A producer of homemade-like frozen food, UK B Corp COOK started the Kindness Fund to provide meals to frontline NHS workers and vulnerable community members. Having met their goal of 100,000 meals, they're continuing to give meals at a smaller scale throughout the summer.More about COOKB Lab UK
B Corp Goodr, a sustainable food waste company that believes that hunger isn’t a scarcity issue, but a logistics issue, introduced an emergency one time pick-up request option for businesses looking to donate surplus food to a local non-profit. If you don’t have food to donate, supporters can help by sponsoring grocery or prepared meal deliveries.More about GoodrB Lab US & Canada
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