What Does it Mean to be a Better Employer? “Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.” – B Lab.

So now you know a little more about B Corp from our last blog, we wanted to delve a little deeper into our own principles! Each week throughout B Corp Month, we will be highlighting each category that we get assessed on as a business which we are legally required to maintain forever more. This week, it’s about our workers.

All B Corps, not just us, consider our employees in all business decisions, no matter what challenges they face (yes 2020, we are talking about you!). From employee ownership to innovative hiring practices and flexible work policies and committing to writing better contracts, we are leading the way in building better business. As the saying goes “it’s what’s on the inside that counts”, and this applies to every aspect of our business too including internally from our Beauty Kitchen HQ team, through to our supplies and down to our growers.

How do B Corps Measure Impact – Workers

As part of the B Corp community, we work towards reduced inequality, lower levels of poverty, a healthier environment, stronger communities, and the creation of more high-quality jobs with dignity and purpose so we can build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.

"The Workers Impact Area evaluates the company's contribution to its employees' financial, physical, professional, and social wellbeing. Companies are assessed based on financial security for their workers; the health, wellness, and safety of their employees; employee satisfaction; workforce development efforts and available career growth opportunities." - B Lab.

Women In Business

B Corps are 68% more likely to have a majority in women workers, and this certainly applies to our female led business! Seeing as International Women’s Day is round the corner this is something to shout about.

On another note, Jo is an Ambassador for Women’s Enterprise Scotland who aim to strengthening the Scottish economy by creating an environment where women-led businesses can flourish and grow. If you are a woman in business, Jo has some advice for you!

“We all have to start somewhere, don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Start your business, get your product or service out there, fail fast, fail cheaply, get feedback…and move on.”

Supporting the Local Community

75% of B Corps are more likely to hire workers from chronically underemployed populations and collectively, B Corps have hired more than 16,000 workers that traditionally have high barriers to employment.

Beauty Kitchen is based in a small town called Wishaw which is not one of Scotland’s most wealthy parts of the country. One of our long-term goals to bring more jobs and business to the town and the majority of our employers have been hired locally!

A Question for Jo…What do you Love about Working for a B Corp?

“I started Beauty Kitchen to use business as a force for good with an equal weighting on the community, the environment and profit in every decision we make. I always thought there was a better way to do business where everyone who touches the business gains something positive from it. B Corp gives the framework and the community to understand how to do this every day, and at Beauty Kitchen you know you are part of something that is truly trying to make the world a better place through business!” Jo Chidley, Founder

This is what a few others from the Beauty Kitchen team had to say when we asked this same question!

“There’s hundreds of reasons! Beauty Kitchen balances purpose and profit constantly to create change for the better. Giving back is more important than profit for the business and this has influenced my own lifestyle and choices!” Patryk - Sales

“The company aligns with my own personal morals.” Kyle - Operations
“I love that we pledge to use our business to do good things and to leave the world in a better place than it was before.” Lisa – Office Manager

“I love that we are always looking to the future, and how this future will be in a much better place when we all balance our actions with positive purpose. Everyone involved in Beauty Kitchen can be proud to say that they are creating positive change in some way. It’s all about collaboration.” Amy – Marketing

No matter what comes our way, we will always have B Corp values at the core of everything we do - stay tuned for more info throughout B Corp Month!