Recruiter achieves B-Corp status

Sustainability remains a key topic for businesses and more and more companies are targeting B-Corp status – a certification which measures a company’s entire social and environmental impact.

Saltaire-based Headway Recruitment has become the first in the recruitment industry in Yorkshire to be awarded the status and joins an exclusive list of businesses within the region to be recognised by B-Corp including Harrogate Spring Water.

In order to attain the certification from B Lab, companies must demonstrate responsible practices across five impact areas: governance, workers, community, environment and customers and gain a B Impact Score of 80 or more.

Headway Recruitment received a total B impact score of 81.5 – 30 points more than the average score given to ordinary businesses applying for the certification.

Its highest point score was awarded for the outstanding level of support given to employees, covering areas such as financial security, health & safety, wellness, career development, and engagement & satisfaction.

Mark Gill, managing director at Headway Recruitment said: “A few years ago, I came across the B Corp movement whilst reading Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth and I knew it was something I wanted Headway to be a part of.

“We were already a purpose driven organisation, but I knew by making small changes we could do more when it came to our environmental and societal impact.

“Working together with the team, I developed a plan of action as we set our sights on B Corp Status.”

Gill noted that the certification process was long although he claimed it’s definitely worth it.

As part of the journey to achieving B Corp the business which was founded 40 years ago, it teamed up with social enterprise B1G1, and undertook fundraising and charitable partnerships.

Gill added: “The B Corp status is a testament to the people within our firm who share the same values and ethics as we do, and care about the environment and society.

“I can’t wait to see what the future holds and the positive impact we can continue to have over the coming years.”