The Sourcing Team is now part of a community of over 3,400 businesses globally who have certified as B Corps. The UK B Corp community has over 330 companies and include well-known brands such as The Guardian, innocent, Patagonia, The Body Shop, and organic food pioneers Abel & Cole.
We are really proud of this achievement joining a growing group of companies who are reinventing business by demonstrating our social and environmental standards showing our commitment by pursuing purpose as well as profit. This builds on our ethos, heritage, commitment and reputation as having a sustainable and ethical approach to business.
The Sourcing Team is a promotional marketing and sourcing company who has taken time to grow our knowledge, find the best partners and challenge ourselves to help create new, inventive solutions. We strive to be part of the change, driving better behaviours that improve lives of people and communities and protect our precious planet.
The process of becoming certified has been really interesting and has helped us further evolve our social and environmental approach. The B Corp certification addresses covers five key impact areas of:
The certification process is rigorous, we were required to reach a benchmark score of over 80 while providing evidence of socially and environmentally responsible practices relating to energy supplies, waste and water use, worker compensation, diversity and corporate transparency. To complete our certification, The Sourcing Team will now legally embed our commitment to purpose beyond profit in our company articles.
And how does this impact on us, our team and our clients
Clients can be safe in the knowledge that through rigorous testing and certification our ethos and values along with approach and processes are designed to have a positive impact on our employees, communities and the environment and aspire to do no harm and benefit all.
Gill Thorpe, CEO of The Sourcing Team says, “The marketing and sourcing of promotional products industry has much to do in really changing how we operate. This includes improving knowledge and understanding of what good looks like, helping pioneer new techniques, process, materials, product ‘end of life’ planning and going way beyond minimum standards.
To us this is much more than a ‘tick box solution in a tender’, it is a real commitment and as such, embedded in our aims, ethos and culture. Then using these skills to help drive this change up and down the supply chain and with our clients bringing greater accountability and transparency in our sector.
We were delighted to add this to our other achievements in the last year around sustainability and contribution to the development of women in business. We were awarded the Platinum EcoVadis medal that puts us in the top 1% for sustainability and won 4 awards: The Successful Women in Business 2019, Socially Minded Award - The World of Difference Award - The International Alliance for Women, in recognition of outstanding contribution to the economic empowerment of women 2019, and finally the global WEConnect Woman’s Business Enterprise of the Year Award 2020 – this was the first time it had ever been won by a business in the UK!"
Kate Sandle, Director of Programmes and Engagement of B Lab UK says “We are delighted to welcome The Sourcing Team to the B Corp community. This is a movement of companies who are committed to changing how business operates, who believe business really can be a force for good. We know that The Sourcing Team are going to be a fantastic addition to the community and will continue driving the conversation forward”.
“We are pleased to have B Corps of all shapes and sizes as part of our community - from start-ups to multinationals, and across many different industries. Business is a powerful force, and one that - as these companies are showing - can be used for good. Welcoming The Sourcing Team is a particularly exciting moment because we’ve seen that the marketing industry is in particular need of a shake up. We and the rest of the B Corp community are really pleased to support The Sourcing Team in paving the way for a new way of doing things”.
“Being able to welcome The Sourcing Team to the B Corp community is hugely exciting. Their commitment to doing business differently will be an inspiration to others and really help spread the idea that we can redefine success in business to be as much about people and planet as it is about profit”.
About B Lab UK
B Lab UK is a non-profit established in 2015 to serve a growing community of 330 UK-based companies using business as a force for good. B Lab measures and verify companies’ environmental and social performance using the B Impact Assessment, and ensure rigorous standards are met by all UK B Corps. Together with B Lab teams from around the world, they link a global network of socially and environmentally responsible businesses and promote positive, action-led change towards a new approach to business.
About The Sourcing Team
The Sourcing Team is a global, ethical sourcing company - creating stand-out promotional products for some of the UK’s leading charities and commercial organisations. We have been at the forefront of working with our clients and suppliers to drive more sustainable solutions and this includes embracing new technology to enable new forms of cashless giving, engagement, communication and much more.
Our commitment to our industry is second to none: Gill is a Fellow of CIPS, Chartered status within the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, a Fellows Committee member and part of the Special Knowledge Group for Marketing and Procurement delivering forward-thinking knowledge events to leaders in procurement. Also, a Lifetime fellow of the British Promotional Merchandise Association, Past Chair, President and Board Member awarded Sword of Honour and Lifetime fellowship for dedication to the promotions industry. And finally, Gill’s work in building diversity and inclusion in business through her role in WEConnect here and abroad, Chair and Founder of the WBE Council helping to support and promote women-owned businesses.
Please get in touch to find out more about The Sourcing Team, what we do, what makes us different and how we maybe able to help you.
Contact Gill Thorpe, CEO at The Sourcing Team
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