With an increased awareness of the impact we have on our surrounding communities and the environment also comes an increased responsibility for channeling this impact. At Better Places Travel, we are committed to channeling this impact for good. By becoming a Certified B Corporation in May 2018 – the first travel organization in the Netherlands to do so – we want to share our passion for making a positive impact and hold ourselves accountable to others, including our clients and employees. Being a B Corp for us is all about being the best for the world we live in.
What is a B Corp?
Certified B Corporations are a community of businesses that work together towards solving social and environmental problems. By leading a global movement that places people and the environment first, Certified B Corps are redefining success in business. Being a B Corp means using business as a force for good. They are legally bound to considering the impact of their decisions on all their stakeholders – from workers and suppliers to the community and customers to the environment. Today, there are over 2,000 Certified B Corporations in more than 120 industries and 50 countries.
In order to become certified, businesses must meet extensive performance standards. These standards include:
- Commitment to sustainability
- Contribution to community
- Accountability to clients/employees
Public transparency and legal accountability lie at the core of meeting these social and environmental performance standards. Not only do these standards work to get businesses certified, they also outline how they can continue to improve their performance and impact.
Why becoming a B Corp matters to us
We want to make sure that we do our part in making this world a better place to live in and to visit. We see the need for a more sustainable way of living and travelling, for businesses to work together in achieving this impact and for a community of like-minded individuals to band together to become drivers of change.
We are a small and young organization with a big dream and a pioneering heart. When it comes to how we travel, our goal is to make sustainability a priority and lead the travel industry onto a better and fairer path. Our B Corp status not only reflects our core values of sustainability and social entrepreneurship, but also shows that responsible entrepreneurship is possible.
Our passion for making a positive impact
For us at Better Places Travel, we want to carry this responsibility we have toward our fellow men and women, and our shared planet. We want to share our passion for making a positive impact and creating a more sustainable economy and environment. And we want to be part of a collective movement that raises profit with purpose and for a purpose.
Our dream is that by committing to making our world a better place, holding ourselves accountable and collaborating with other B Corps, we can work towards shared and durable prosperity for all. Being a B Corp for us is all about redefining what it means to be a sustainable company, one that benefits all people and the environment alike.
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