What does it mean to be B Corp certified?
Becoming B Corp certified signifies a profound transformation for any company. It's not just a label but a comprehensive recognition of a company's commitment to balancing purpose and profit.
B Corp certification involves rigorous assessment of a company's performance across various dimensions, such as governance, workers, community, environment and customers. It holds companies accountable for their impact and pushes them to meet high standards of transparency and responsibility.
Essentially, being B Corp certified means that a company has made a legally binding commitment to prioritize social and environmental considerations alongside financial goals. It's a demonstration of a company's genuine dedication to being a force for good in the world of business.
Why is it important for DiVERGE?
DiVERGE achieving the B Corp certification holds immense significance for both our company and the broader fashion business landscape.
The decision to pursue B Corp certification reflects DiVERGE's commitment to align success in the business world with social and environmental impact, as we address a key social problem with our proprietary program iMAGINE and we focus on a made to order supply chain in order to keep a responsible stance towards the environment. This represents a shift from the traditional mass production, profit-first mindset of the fashion industry, and this certification ensures we meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.
By becoming B Corp certified, DiVERGE solidifies its position as a responsible, socially active and ethical player in the competitive sneaker industry, hopefully setting an example for other companies to follow.
How does it influence the future of DiVERGE?
The B Corp certification further fosters a culture of continuous improvement within DiVERGE.
The rigorous assessment process requires a comprehensive evaluation of the company's operations, from supply chain practices to employee well-being. This introspection enables DiVERGE to identify areas where we can further enhance its sustainability efforts, minimize negative impacts and maximize positive contributions.
The certification also propels the company into a community of like-minded businesses that are collectively driving positive change. This community provides a platform for sharing knowledge, insights and best practices, challenging DiVERGE to remain a catalyst of social and environmental responsibility within the fashion industry.