We are extremely proud to announce that Leap has been named as one of the world’s best employers by a global organisation. We have been honoured in the B Lab Best for Workers list, which was announced today (Tuesday, September 12).
B Lab UK is a UK registered charity which exists to support the community of UK-based B Corps in joining and contributing to the global movement.
The Best for the World recognition comes shortly after Leap successfully gained B Corporation re-accreditation from B Lab.
Leap founder and creative director, Matt Hocking, said: “We are absolutely stoked to have been named as one of the world’s best.
“This recognition from B Lab is a real honour. As a team we have worked extremely hard to achieve our B Corporation status alongside businesses like Ben and Jerry’s, Patagonia and ECover.
“This award means that we’re one of only 156 companies from 61 industries in 21 countries to have been honoured.”
Businesses that want to achieve B Corporation certification must achieve the highest standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability.
In order to become a certified B Corporation organisation, businesses have to achieve a score of 80 on the assessment – Leap scored 131.
Matt added: “There is a rigorous application process to certify and evaluate us on our business mission, values and operations.
“Achieving Best in the World means that we earned a Workers score in the top 10 percent of more than 2,100 certified B Corporations.”
The Workers section of the B Impact Assessment assesses the company’s relationship with its workforce. It measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training and ownership opportunities provided to workers.
The category also focuses on the overall work environment within the company by assessing management/worker communication, job flexibility, corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.
One of the initiatives that Leap was recognised for was its employee profit share scheme.
Here’s what the B Lab team had to say…
We know what is right. We know what is necessary. What will we do about it?
There is little debate about the future world in which we’d like to live: It is a world in which all people enjoy high-quality jobs with dignity and purpose; safe and neighborly communities that enrich our families; and a healthy environment for us and our grandchildren’s grandchildren.
Yet, like David facing Goliath, we too face forces that can feel unbeatable: the overwhelming power of amoral global capital markets; failing political institutions; and rising inequality, sea levels, discontent, and violence, both seemingly random and institutional.
As business leaders and as citizens, what will we choose to do in our moment of decision?
We don’t have to bend to conventional wisdom; nor do we have to stand alone. There is a global movement of people using the power of business to achieve a higher purpose than profit maximization. They strive to use business as a force for good: good for workers, good for communities, good for the environment. They redefine success in business by competing to be not just best in the world, but best for the world.
Today, leaders of this global community standing up to Goliaths are honored on B Lab’s annual Best for the World lists. A total of 846 businesses across 52 industries from 48 countries were recognized on the full list of 2017 Best for the World honorees.
Among the honorees are modern-day heroes restoring buffalo and livelihoods to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
There are dark horses seeking to make data more readily accessible and useful for doctors, researchers, and other changemakers.
There are champions providing affordable financing for lower-income communities who have been left behind by the traditional markets.
And many, many more underdogs and advocates around the world, banding together to take action to create a better, more equitable and durable prosperity for all.
We will need millions of Davids—of all backgrounds, all genders, from every country in the world—to identify the Goliaths, to commit to taking action, and lastly, and most importantly, to act. The future is an act of our creation—the future will arise from the actions of many, inspiring and collaborating with each other, no matter the long odds or conventional wisdom.
Taking action doesn’t just reject conventional wisdom; our actions can change it. Day-to-day headlines may be disheartening, but there is good news to be found from a bird’s-eye view. The individuals and institutions that have defined the role of business in society are listening, from multinational corporations to Wall Street asset managers. The capital markets are quietly shifting—by continuing to lead the way, the B Corp community can make that call for change louder and louder.
Join us in honoring the Best for the World leaders by sharing their stories — in newsletters, social media (#BestfortheWorld17), and in conversation — and by continuing to work as part of the community of business leaders building the world we seek to create together.
Jay, Bart, Andrew, and the B Lab Team
To find out more and view the full list of honourees, click here.