B Corps are companies that meet high social and environmental standards for people and planet. Companies that conform their profit motive to the collective interest of society.
We have always represented this but now we have the certificate to prove it!
We believe in reconnecting people and nature by designing timeless architecture with a positive social and ecological footprint. This is closely woven into our design approach and who we are as a company. We continue to work on increasing our positive impact with great new initiatives, projects and collaborations. With this certification, we commit ourselves to continuous commitment and improvement. As a B Corp, we are part of a global community of companies that meet high standards of social and environmental impact.
What is a B Corp certification?
A B Corp certification is an international certification for profit-driven companies that have a major, positive impact on people and the environment. These companies - small and large - have made sustainability a permanent part of their DNA and know how to create value in multiple ways.
Why did we join this movement?
Our mission is to use timeless architecture to create buildings with a positive social and ecological footprint. It is important to us to express this not only in our designs but also in who we are as a company and what we stand for. With this certificate we demonstrate that we do this in all areas, with what we design but also where we stand as a company and how we treat our employees. B Corp is in line with our vision and offers a nice structure to grow in this.
Together for a better world.
We are very proud of this confirmation of what we stand for as a company; working together for the benefit of people, community and planet.When you work with us you are opting for that, a social and ecological company.An equally fair company. In the future, we want to work even more with clients who share our ambition for sustainability, and create even more positive impact.
We are the first Architectural firm in Rotterdam with a B-corp certificate!
How to move forward?
We look into the future optimistically! We look forward to collaborations with partners in the chain where new ideas and solutions are invented and learned from. This certification is a commitment, a commitment in which we continue to develop and grow. We will always work for a better world; through timeless designs with a positive social and ecological footprint.
The B Impact certification process.
To become a B Corp, an organization has to complete the B Impact certification process. In the certification process, an organization must score a minimum of 80 out of a possible 200 points. Kraaijvanger achieved a score of 118.1 points, which not only places us above average, it even places us in the top 10 B Corp certified architectural firms worldwide! In fact, we are the first architectural firm in Rotterdam with a B-corp certificate!
B-Corps have to be transparent about their score from the moment they are certified. We have been questioned and assessed extensively in all areas, Each B Corp receives a score based on the five components in the B Impact assessment.
This section evaluates a company's contributions to the financial security, health and safety, well-being, career development, and engagement and satisfaction of its employees.
In this section, Kraaijvanger has a score of 30.8 points out of a range of 50 points. We are a social, diverse and inclusive office. We strive for continuous development of our company, giving space and attention to personal development and coaching of our employees. We encourage bicycle use and always ensure we have fresh fruit in the office.
This section evaluates a company's overall mission, commitment to social impact/environmental impact, ethics and transparency. This section also evaluates a company's ability to protect its mission and formally consider stakeholders when making decisions through its corporate structure (e.g., benefit corporation) or corporate documents.
Kraaijvanger has a score of 20.6 points out of the 25 possible points on this section. Our mission is straightforward, we have an fair and transparent business focused on continuity and impact on society. We publish our impact annually. We do not own cars and travel as much as possible by public transport or Greenwheels. We will continue to develop our impact with social return in the near future.
This section evaluates a company's commitment to and impact on the communities in which it operates, hires and procures staff. Topics include diversity, equality and inclusion, economic impact, community involvement, philanthropy and supply chain management.
Here we achieved a score of 25.1 points out of a possible 50 points in this section. Our male/female ratio is almost equal. We share our knowledge in places where the impact on society and poverty alleviation is very high. We give people with a distance to the employment field a fair chance within our company.
This section evaluates a company's overall environmental management practices and their impact on air, climate, water, land and biodiversity. This includes the direct impact of a company's operations and, where applicable, its supply chain and distribution channels. This component also recognizes companies with eco-innovative production processes and companies that sell products or services that have a positive impact on the environment.
On this component, we achieved a score of 38.8 points out of a possible 50 points.The development of sustainable design and construction continues to evolve. Our ambition to be at the forefront of this provides us with a daily mission to keep growing in this field. Our firm has been eating vegetarian for years.
We are purchasing sustainably and socially and encourage all our partners and the building chain as much as possible to be more sustainable. For instance, with our book 'building with a positive footprint'.
This component evaluates a company's stewardship of its customers through the quality of its products and services, ethical marketing, data privacy and security, and feedback channels. Additionally, this component recognizes products or services designed to address a particular social issue for or through its customers, such as health or education products, arts & media products, serving customers/clients with disadvantages, and services that improve the social impact of other companies or organizations.
In this section we achieved a score of 2.6 points out of 5 points to be achieved. We collaborate with a number of other B Corps and will expand this is the future. We look forward to even more collaborations with clients who share our ambition for sustainability.