To B-Corp or not to B-Corp?

By Lucia Loffreda, 17/02/2020

Last Thursday, we met with five students from the University of Nottingham who, over the next eight weeks, will investigate the potential for Research Consulting to become a certified B-Corporation. B-Corps are companies that use business as a force for good by considering their impact on their workers, customers, community, and environment.

Our meeting with the students was part of a wider initiative at the University called the Nottingham Consultancy Challenge which gives students the chance to manage a short-term project for a local business. Having such strong ties to the University ourselves, we decided to get involved.

As a mission-driven business, working towards a common good has long been at the heart of what we do. And, as the Research Consulting team continues to grow, we have even more opportunity to use our business as a force for good. Becoming a B-Corporation seems to fit in pretty well with these aims – but as with every good project, a certain amount of research is needed first!

We’re hoping that over the course of the Consultancy Challenge, the Nottingham students can help us to understand: whether B-Corporation certification fits with the nature, mission and current activities of Research Consulting, the internal changes required for us to become B-Corp certified, and finally what the most cost-effective and culturally-appropriate route to certification would be.

The outcome we’re hoping for is a clear recommendation on whether Research Consulting should proceed with certification or not. Keep an eye out on our blog to see how things progress!