Learning that we’d attained B Corp accreditation eight months ago was one of the proudest moments of my career.
Becoming a B Corporation isn’t for the faint of heart. I won’t say the process came close to breaking me but there are less than 6,000 B Corporations worldwide. That says something.
Getting the accreditation is one thing; giving it meaning is another. I wanted Owen River Lodge to have B Corp accreditation not just because it’s another unique selling point (we were the first fishing lodge in the world and first accommodation provider in New Zealand or Australia to get it) but because of how it’s assessed.
We were audited across five areas: workers, customers, governance, environment and community. It’s a stringent process—the gold standard in measuring corporate social responsibility.
I figure if we’re going to be a B Corp, we should aim to be the best B Corp in the world. We should continuously refine, improve, and go beyond what was needed for certification. So here are the ways we’re taking our B Corp accreditation even further:
We want to live and breathe our B Corp certification, not just flash around the marketing collateral. By looking for ways to support other businesses who are doing amazing things, reduce our carbon footprint, and go above and beyond, we can try to do the greatest good for the greatest number of people …
And that includes you, our guests. So you know that when you come to stay & fish with us, you’ll have the benefit of the very best that we, and all these amazing Kiwi suppliers, can offer.