As of January 2021, we became A certified B Corp.
What is a B Corp?
A B Corp certified business balances purpose with profit, putting environmental and social responsibilities to the forefront of how they operate. B Corps are committed to using business as a force for good, ensuring they are actively benefiting the planet and all those that inhabit it, through sustainable business practices and creating environmental awareness.
How Do B Corps Work?
Companies achieve B Corp status by scoring a minimum of 80 points in an assessment that examines a business’s governance practices, community and environmental policies, as well as assessing how they support their staff and look after their customers. The assessment is a long and rigorous process that can take months, if not years, to complete. After becoming B Corp certified, the B Lab (who are the people behind the certification), provide ongoing support and improvement reports, for your business to implement new practices that will continue to make positive environmental and social changes.
The climate crisis and how it is affecting our planet and its inhabitants is something that we simply cannot ignore. As a travel company we have always strived to be as environmentally and socially conscious as possible. We run a number of environmental and community projects, such as our Porter Scholarship and Guide Exchange Programme as well as our Tree Planting Programme, to name just a few – check out all of Earth Edge’s projects here. We wanted to be certain our business was doing everything it could to ensure the safeguarding of our environment and the Earth’s Edge community. By achieving B Corp certification, our clients can put their confidence in us, knowing that the trips they take with Earth’s Edge are not only experiences of a lifetime, but that all the people involved (including our staff and suppliers) are committed to benefiting both the planet and her people.
“Since our inception in 2007, sustainability has been at the core of everything we do at Earth’s Edge. Becoming a B Corp seemed like a lofty goal three years ago. However, we’ve not only achieved that goal but we’ve become more determined than ever to be a driving force of environmental and societal change in Ireland and beyond’’
Although we are thrilled with the results from our B Assessment, we want to continue to create more positive social and environmental changes. Our goals for 2022 include…
- Joining the 1% For the Planet movement
- Campaigning and running events to promote and grow the B Corp movement in Ireland
- Becoming a more transparent business
- Ensuring our suppliers provide a non-discriminatory and sustainable work environment for their employees
- Growing and increasing our social development projects
We want to encourage every business to consider becoming B Corp certified for a number of reasons. It allows companies to become more conscious of their environmental impacts, giving way to more eco-friendly business conducts. By taking the assessment businesses can learn new ways in which they can positively impact their local communities. If more businesses achieved B Corp status, everything from environmental performance, employee wellbeing, business transparency to community development would greatly improve. If you or your business are considering becoming a B Corp, please reach out to us for help and support. We’d be happy to assist!