Hull-based green cleaning company Bio-D has secured its status as the city’s only B Corporation (B Corp) certified business.
Measuring a company’s entire social and environmental impact, the certification cements Bio-D as a leader in the global movement for an inclusive, fair, and regenerative economy.
Just a third of businesses that apply for the accreditation are successful, and there are fewer than 1,000 companies in the UK that have reached the standards required for the coveted certification.
Lloyd Atkin, managing director at Bio-D, said of the achievement: “I am incredibly proud of our team for all of their hard work behind the scenes that has led to us securing B Corp certification.
“Bio-D was founded in Hull in 1989, and we’ve made sure to focus on sustainability from the very beginning. It’s behind every decision we make – from the suppliers we use to how the factory is powered and the ingredients that go into the products we put on the shelves. Because of this, achieving B Corp status was a key objective for us and something we have strived to secure.
“We first applied back in 2019 and it has taken a huge amount of time and effort from the team to cross the finishing line. It has been a long journey, but we’re overjoyed that we can now say that we’re officially B Corp certified.”
Securing a score of 80.2, the median score for businesses that complete the assessment is currently 50.9.
The B Corp certification recognises businesses that are meeting high standards of verified performance, accountability, and transparency on everything from employee benefits and charitable giving, to supply chain practices and input materials.
Chris Turner, executive director of B Lab UK, the not-for-profit behind the B Corp movement, added: “We are delighted to welcome Bio-D to the B Corp community. This is a movement of companies who are committed to changing how business operates and believe business really can be a force for good. We know that Bio-D is going to be a fantastic addition to the community and will continue driving the conversation forward.”
To achieve the certification, companies must demonstrate high social and environmental performance, make a legal commitment by changing its corporate governance structure to be accountable to all stakeholders, and exhibit transparency by allowing information about their performance to be publicly available on the B Corp website.
The announcement has quickly followed recent success at major manufacturing ceremony the National Manufacturing Awards, organised by Make UK.
Bio-D secured a national title at the awards after competing against regional winners across the country. The green cleaning company was recognised in the Energy and Sustainability category of the awards for the outstanding lengths the team goes to in order to reduce its carbon footprint, along with that of its customers.
Using its mission, vision, and values to shape a two-year sustainability strategy, Bio-D established key objectives across the business to further advance its environmental performance, doing all it could to enhance sustainability, improve recycling rates, and reduce the impact of the manufacturing process on the environment.
The strategy resulted in a substantial reduction in its use of plastic, a reduction in electricity usage, and an 85% reduction in carbon emissions from business travel.
Lloyd said: “While we delivered our two-year strategy six months ahead of schedule, we will continue to re-assess and set new goals to further our efforts to be as sustainable as possible.”