THE charity web design specialists Fat Beehive Ltd has announced its certification as a B Corporation (or B Corp), joining a growing group of companies reinventing business by pursuing purpose as well as profit.
Fat Beehive has been certified by B Lab, the not-for-profit behind the B Corp movement, as having met and exceeded the rigorous social and environmental standards which represent its commitment to goals outside of shareholder profit.
Fat Beehive has been building wonderful open-source websites, beautiful brands and delightful digital products for organisations that have a positive impact on the world. They offer a full range of digital services from web design and development, branding and visual identity to digital strategy, research and UX.
Their mission is to support and amplify the work of organisations committed to social good and to demonstrate that an ethical business can have a positive impact on their employees, communities and the environment. They have created a work environment where staff are supported and can achieve their very best and were recognised as the UK’s 8th Best Place to Work in 2019.
The B Corp certification addresses the entirety of a business’ operations and covers five key impact areas of Governance, Workers, Community, Environment and Customers. The certification process is rigorous, with applicants required to reach a benchmark score of over 80 (Fat Beehive scored 119.9 – putting them in the top 10% of all B Corps – the best of the best) while providing evidence of socially and environmentally responsible practices relating to energy supplies, waste and water use, worker compensation, diversity and corporate transparency. To complete the certification, the company will legally embed their commitment to a purpose beyond profit in their company articles.
Fat Beehive is now part of a community of over 3,500 businesses globally who have certified as B Corps. Recent attention on the lack of diversity in the tech sector makes Fat Beehive’s B Corp certification a notable step and signals a shift towards greater accountability and transparency in the sector.
Kate Sandle, Director of Programmes and Engagement of B Lab UK, said:
“We are delighted to welcome Fat Beehive to the B Corp community. This is a movement of companies who are committed to changing how business operates, who believe business really can be a force for good. We know that Fat Beehive are going to be a fantastic addition to the community and will continue driving the conversation forward.
“Being able to welcome Fat Beehive to the B Corp community is hugely exciting. Their commitment to doing business differently will be an inspiration to others and really help spread the idea that we can redefine success in business to be as much about people and planet as it is about profit.”
Mark Watson, Chief Executive at Fat Beehive said:
“We are delighted to become part of the growing number of B Corps in the UK as it is the only certification that measures a company’s entire social and environmental performance – from our supply chain to our charitable giving and employee benefits, B Corp Certification proves our business is meeting the highest standards of externally verified performance.”
Not only do we fund the charity The Fat Beehive Foundation but we are proactive about increasing diversity in the tech sector and each year provides paid placements for disabled graduates through the Leonard Cheshire scheme and are continually looking at ways to increase women and BAME representation in tech.