This is our biggest challenge, given that we operate physical spaces, but it’s one we’ll never shy away from. Currently, 88% of our electricity is provided by renewable energy suppliers, we’ve avoided 64 tonnes of CO2 emissions by implementing a waste strategy, we’ve calculated our Scope 1 & 2 emissions and we’re working hard to increase our recycling rate from 56% to 70%.
Achieving B Corp certification was a huge step, but it’s just the start. Using that process as a springboard, we’ve looked at how we can further embed sustainability into our business practices and team behaviours. This led to our 3-year Sustainability Strategy and helped us to define how we will work towards our goals.
We’re big on happiness and we practice what we preach. Team happiness is one of our KPIs. We allocate over £74k each year to employee wellbeing and team joy. We’re improving our paternity leave policy, launching a health challenge and are recognised as a Hyer Impact Fifty company. As you can see, we take team happiness incredibly seriously.
Every year, we support four carefully chosen charities. Two are selected to align closely with our values. The third is chosen by our team, and our members pick the fourth. Meet this year’s charities.
B Corps are part of a growing global movement of people using business to do good. As a B Corp, we have to show how we’re putting people and the planet before profit.
The certification process looks closely at our social environmental impact to measure how well we’re doing. It covers everything from our supply chain and the materials we use, to charitable giving and employee benefits.
B Corp certification shows that we’re meeting the highest standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. And that’s something our entire team is incredibly proud of.
Reporting on our impact every year is part of our commitment to being B Corp certified. Take a look at our latest report and you’ll get a transparent reflection on our journey, our achievements so far, our shortcomings and our goals for the year ahead.
Ian Marcus has 32 years experience in the banking industry within real estate. He was previously Managing Director and Chairman of the Credit Suisse European Real Estate Investment Banking Group.
Jeroen Van Den Berge is Director at Middle 8 Capital, focused on SME buyouts, and Principal at Bain & Company. He was previously MD at Regus.
Susan Freeman is Real Estate Partner at Mishcon de Reya and was ranked 31 out of 100 individuals singled out for their contribution to PropTech 2016.
What’s next for Work.Life’s sustainability goals?
Our B Corp journey doesn’t end here, as we’ll be reassessed every year. We have plans in place for how to further improve our scores in each area and we’ll release an Impact Report annually which will cover everything from our suppliers to the people we employ.
Who are some well known B Corp companies?
There are thousands of B Corp certified businesses worldwide, from 150+ different industries. Some of the most recognisable names are Ben & Jerry’s, Patagonia, The Body Shop, Tony’s Chocolonely, and Danone. You can read the full list of B Corps here.
How long did it take to get B Corp certified?
From when we first applied, to achieving our B Corp certification took 2 years. You can read more about our journey to becoming B Corp certified on our blog.
Do you have an ethical marketing policy?
Yes, we do! We believe our marketing efforts should always provide genuine value to our audience. You can read the policy here.