What is involved in applying to become a recognised B Corp?
The process to achieve and maintain B Corp Certification is rigorous and requires engaging teams and departments from right across the business. It's a long process (up to three years) that involves documentation of the company's business model, and submitting information about operations, structure and various work processes.
We submitted our application in January 2023, having started on the process back in November 2021. We had eleven people in the Explore B Corp team, who met fortnightly throughout this process. We had representatives from the Product, Sustainability, Finance, and HR teams as well as Michael Edwards our Managing Director. As part of our application we answered 213 questions across the five B Corp pillars of Workers, Community, Environment, Customers and Governance, as well as a disclosure questionnaire on where and how we operate. It is a great undertaking and a long process, but a hugely valuable one in which we learned a lot about ourselves, our purpose and our direction.