March was B Corp month. A global initiative to spread the word that B Corp Certification isn’t just a box-tick, but an international movement of people going beyond to make their mark on the world.
And with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change delivering a 'final warning' to act now before it's too late and social justice gaps continuing to widen, there's never been a more important time to step up and make a positive impact.
So we thought we'd reflect on the progress we've made as a city region and some of the great businesses that are leading the way.
The great news is that the Gather community is at the forefront of companies pursuing a more impactful path.
The likes of Hitch Marketing, Fifty Eight, Matchstick Creative, Uniform, and Underexposed are all focused on more than profit, instead looking to use their success to benefit people, communities, and the planet.
Gather trail blazers
From Fifty Eight, the UK’s highest scoring B Corp when they certified, to Hitch one of Liverpool’s first ever B Corps, the purpose driven trailblazers in the Gather community are using business as a force for good.
And B Corp status is a way of formalising and building on the direction many businesses in the region have been heading in for a while.
As Nick Howe, Founder and CEO of Uniform puts it, “I've always believed in the idea of business as a force for good, beyond simple shareholder value or profit, and the B Corp movement seemed to encapsulate lots of ideas that we’ve obsessed about for a long time, like our culture and our wider impact in the world.”
He believes “B Corp provides some validation of that work, in a global community where it’s recognised.”