The number of consulting firms winning audit as B Corps continues to grow. BIP UK and BIP US, subsidiaries of the international consulting firm BIP Group, announced their B Corp status at the same time as 4C Associates.
B Lab is the nonprofit network transforming the global economy to benefit all people, communities and the planet. It certifies companies as “B Corporations”, only companies that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability earn the rating.
This initially saw slow adoption from the consulting industry. However, the industry’s B Corp cohort has grown steadily, alongside consumer expectations for serious ESG commitments from the companies they spend money on. The latest companies to achieve B Corp status are 4C Associates and the UK and US wings of professional services firm Bip.
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Speaking on behalf of Bip in the UK and US, CEO Chris Laslett said: “We work tirelessly to build a team that embodies a positive culture in the workplace and beyond, and c It is great to see this commitment reflected in the final grades. This achievement is a testament to the hard work and commitment from all corners of BIP UK and BIP US, and we are thrilled to now join the list of 5,000 like-minded companies recognized for using their platform to drive positive change. .
The certification process with B Lab took two years. During its assessment, BIP UK and BIP US achieved the highest scores in the impact domain, “Workers”, which measures a company’s support for employee well-being across economic, physical, occupational and social. Highlights of the score included the company’s focus on employee health and wellbeing, including mental health awareness, and its open door culture. It also scored highly for ‘Community’, which measures how well a company supports local communities, inside and outside the workplace.
Joanna Mihajlovic, Head of CSR and Sustainability at BIP UK and BIP US, said: “B Corp certification is just the start of our journey to meet the highest standards in environmental and social governance. We look forward to engaging and connecting with like-minded companies in this community to continue on our path of improvement and at the same time share our learnings with our customers and suppliers.
Bip UK and Bip US now join a list of over 5,000 companies committed to balancing people, profit and business impact on the planet. It will aim to improve further before recertification in 2025.
Founded over 30 years ago by Bob and Chris Laslett, Bip UK and Bip US were originally branded as Chaucer. The company retired its old branding this year as it sought to align itself more with parent company Bip, which it joined in 2019.
4C Associates has also achieved B Corp certification, confirming that the organization meets distinguished standards of high social and environmental performance.
“Joining the B-Corp committee is a way for us to promote the sustainability movement. Going through this process has already significantly improved the way we work and we view this as a continuous improvement program that we are committed to,” said Jeremy Smith, Managing Director of 4C Associates.
Sustainability is a key element of the company’s offerings. 4C Associates is committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2030, following and promoting good sustainability practices across company operations, and creating innovative solutions to help their clients achieve net zero. Achieving a B Corp certification is one of the goals of 4C Associates in their carbon reduction plan and is strong proof that as an organization they are committed to providing a sustainable future for the planet. .
“4C Associates works across a variety of industries and has worked hard to ensure that our projects have a positive impact on our clients and their end consumers. With our B Corp status now confirmed, we are excited and look forward to continuing to drive positive change for our customers, our employees, our communities and the planet,” Smith concluded.