Constituting a global movement, there are currently 3,200 benefit Corporations working in over 150 industries and 70 countries around the world. B Corps are companies that have chosen to use their business as a positive force for change in society. Looking beyond mere profit, they have redefined their business priorities, choosing to focus on the well-being of people, social cohesion and the regeneration of natural environments.
Instead of being 'the best in the world’, B Corps strive to be "the best for the world".
To be certified, companies must undergo a rigorous 300-question assessment and verification carried out by B Lab, the American non-profit organization that issues the certificate, in order to prove they meet strict social, environmental and transparency standards. In Italy (second only to the US in terms of certifications issued), over 100 businesses have managed to meet B Lab's strict standards and become B Corps.
For all B Corps, success doesn't just depend on what kind of business they are, but also on the good that they inspire in others. For this reason, B Corps also focus on sharing their experiences so that others also choose a socially responsible, clean business model.
Below is a short video explaining what B Corps are.
We dream of a fair, clean and humane world.
We believe in people and solidarity-based collaboration.
Every day we aim to create – and inspire our community to adopt – a socially responsible and sustainable business model.
The values that shape our actions have become the four key words that define our everyday efforts
Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become your character.
And watch your character, for it becomes your destiny - Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Care and attention to detail is a priority when it comes to ourselves, others and the environment, and we want it to be the guiding principle behind our actions. Caring means acting with passion, consideration, diligence and love. It's the only way to ensure that others won’t have to bear the consequences of our actions, whether that means pollution or a job that wasn't done as best it could be.
Kindness means being a rainbow in someone else’s sky.
We aim to contribute to people's happiness by creating a workplace where kindness can take shape daily. Our kind revolution starts with taking care of ourselves, others and everything around us.
Lightness gives us a broader viewpoint. Take life lightly, for lightness is not superficial, but gliding above things, not having weights on your heart - Italo Calvino
Lightness is the absence of internal weight, understood as both physical weight and as obstacles that make relationships difficult. Lightness means knowing how to make things simple. We therefore try to simplify and facilitate personal relationships, inside and outside the office, but also to free our workspaces of everything superfluous and unused so that they are more pleasant, clean and sustainable.
Transparency is the guardian of wisdom - Gerd de Ley
What is transparent is never hidden, its intent, purpose and finality are clear to see. But transparency is also the characteristic of whatever is ‘clean’, both ethically and ecologically.
OUR ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
We understand the importance of safeguarding the environment as a primary resource, and we're committed to protecting it through our daily actions and the attention of all our employees, viewing the natural world as an integral part of our operations.
We've adopted sustainable business practices to minimize the impact of our actions on the environment, managing the workplace responsibly, avoiding waste and minimising the production of rubbish and emissions. We thus support behaviours with low environmental impact, and we purchase and use materials, products and services with the best environmental ratings whenever possible. That's true both in-house and for all external collaborators. All our employees are allowed to bring items that require special recycling or disposal procedures to the company offices, so that the company itself may dispose of them properly.
In order to clearly identify the environmental impact of our business and to verify our progress in relation to pre-established environmental goals, we carefully monitor our environmental impact in terms of CO2 emissions using this tool:
In 2019 we generated nearly 20 tonnes of CO2, so we decided to fund a responsible reforestation project in Kenya.
OUR SOCIAL POLICY
Our raison d'etre is to create an enterprise that truly focuses on people in all their different roles (worker, client, supplier, community). For that reason, our ‘being’ is ‘being socially responsible’, a formula we apply while building a business model that:
To us, happiness is a priority. The first line of our articles of association states that idea clearly: "Our ultimate goal is the pursuit of the wellness and happiness of all those who are a part of Tirelli & Partners srl, a benefit corporation, by allowing them to work in a fair, supportive, motivating environment and to participate in a business where prosperity is to be shared, and where exploiting people and creating excessive inequality is prohibited".
Here are a few of the concrete actions we take to implement our social policy: