B Corps: How to Put Sustainability at the Heart of a Business

Hear from Charmian Love, Co-Founder of B Lab UK, as we take a closer look at firms that are truly walking the talk when it comes to sustainability.

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Over the past few years, we have seen an increasing number of companies take it upon themselves to engage with the issues of climate change and sustainability on a voluntary basis – with firms’ motivations ranging from an interest in the long-term sustainability of their company’s activities to a sense of moral duty to people and the planet.

There is a lot to be learned from the organizations taking proactive steps to embed issues of sustainability at the heart of what they do. That’s why in today’s episode we will be looking at this type of voluntary action, with a specific focus on the B Corp movement and their efforts to certify companies taking steps to think long term across all stakeholders.

Hearing about firms that have made the transition to becoming a certified B Corp gives us great insight into what it means for an organization to truly walk the talk when it comes to something like climate change.

Links from today’s discussion:

B Corporation website

Better Business Act

Boardroom 2030

 

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Charmian Love – Co-Founder at B Lab UK and Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Said Business School, Oxford

Charmian is Co-Founder and Activist in Residence at B Lab UK, where she supports the growth of B Corps across the UK (and beyond) and is Co-Chair of B Lab’s Global Climate Taskforce.

Charmian is committed to helping accelerate the transition to a more regenerative, circular and inclusive economy. In her role as Social Entrepreneur in Residence at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School, Charmian is guiding the development of the Regenerative and Circular Economy Lab and designed and teaches a popular MBA course on this subject.

Charmian also holds the role of Co-Director for the newly launched Oxford Climate Emergency Programme, has co-taught an Executive MBA course on Systempreneurship: Innovating for Impact, contributed to the core MBA class ‘Capitalism in Debate’ and is a regular tutor in the GOTO programme focused on equipping students with skills and tools to engage in system change.

She is a member of the Sustainability Advisory Council at the ICAEW (because she truly believes that accountants will save the world), a member of the ‘Regenerative Business’ working group at the Institute of Directors (IoD), Co-Chair of the BAC’s NetZero Working Group and an Advisory Committee member for GARP’s (Global Association of Risk Professionals) Sustainability and Climate Risk Certificate. She held the role of chair of B Lab UK for 5 years, was a founding trustee to the Future Fit Foundation and was on the UK board of the B Team until 2019.

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