The UK’s leading, added-value, independent food ingredients company Macphie of Glenbervie, has become one of the first companies in the UK to achieve B Corporation certification as acknowledgment of the company’s commitment to social and environmental ethics, transparency and accountability.
Over 1,200 leading companies across the globe have B Corp certification but Macphie is one of only two companies in Scotland and 10 in the UK to receive the prestigious accolade.
Chairman, Alastair Macphie, said: “At Macphie we’re passionate about corporate social responsibility and sustainability, driving a number of initiatives to help the environment and local communities. We invest time, resources and money to work proactively to build meaningful links with community groups, charities and education. It’s been a key part of who we are over the past 40 years and it will continue to be at the heart of everything we do.
“B Corp is all about people using business as a force for good … so good for the environment, good for the community and good for employees, which sits well with our company values. We’ll continually review what we do and where we can improve further by comparing ourselves against other B Corp members around the world”.
James Perry, Director, B Lab UK, said: “We are delighted to welcome Macphie to our founding UK B Corp Community. The B Corp movement is a global community of businesses who are using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.
“It includes more than 1,400 businesses in 42 countries and over 120 industries. The UK is well placed to help lead this global movement, and companies such as Macphie are a great example of a business taking leadership in their field.”
The process to become B Corp certified starts with an assessment of a company’s social and environmental performance focusing on four key areas - Governance, Workers, Community and Environment. Companies meeting the rigorous standard become BCorp accredited but most fail to achieve the required level.
The UK launch of B Corp takes place in London this Thursday, 24 September, where more companies are expected to announce their accreditation and join Macphie as B Corp certified.