Faversham House becomes B Corp certified

27 February 2024 by Carl Myers

Back to News

Independent publishing firm Faversham House has become a Certified B Corporation, part of a global community of businesses that meet high standards of social and environmental impact.

B Corps are legally committed to bring benefit to all business stakeholders including staff, customers, communities and the environment. Faversham House is now part of this global movement leading the way for an inclusive, equitable and regenerative economy.
Faversham House received confirmation of its B Corp certification in February 2024 after more than two years of tireless work involving dozens of staff from across the business, plus expert assistance and guidance from impact consultants Seismic.

Faversham House CEO Amanda Barnes said: “We are immensely proud to be a Certified B Corporation. I’d like to thank all in the company who have worked so hard to make this happen. Obviously, this isn’t the end of the process and we will continue to strive to improve our sustainability performance as we move forward. There is lots more we can do and we will!”
B Lab, the non-profit organisation which certifies B Corps, confirmed last September that there are now more than 1,500 certified businesses in the UK, marking a 50% increase within a year. Faversham House therefore joins a large and growing cohort of British firms striving collectively to make business a force for good.

Faversham House owns B2B media and events brands in the fields of sustainability and utilities, including Utility Week, Utility Week Live and edie. It has made several in-house changes since beginning the certification process, such as launching enhanced employee policies relating to volunteering, flexible working and parental leave.
Faversham House has also launched a salary sacrifice scheme to help staff switch to electric vehicles, trained staff as Mental Health First Aiders and forged a partnership with wellbeing platform MyMynd to provide support to all employees.
Additionally, Faversham House has refined its content and events offerings, seeking to represent a more diverse array of speakers and thought-leaders and to ensure that attendees and readers are equipped with the insight and inspiration they need to make change in their own professional roles.

As an office-based SME with a fairly small direct environmental footprint, it was crucial for the certification process for Faversham House to assess and improve its positive impact on customers, communities and the publishing industry as a whole.
Regarding its environmental impact, the business has assembled an Environmental Taskforce of staff members who, in addition to their day-to-day responsibilities, have worked to improve the business’s waste management processes, energy efficiency practices and transport emissions.
The Taskforce has also spearheaded investments in independently-verified carbon offsetting projects that contribute to the wider UN Sustainable Development Goals agenda. Projects avoiding 400 tonnes of greenhouse gases were supported in 2023 compared with Faversham House’s carbon footprint of 364 tonnes.

At events, changes have been implemented to prioritise plant-based menus, reduce food waste and other waste streams, and encourage venues and exhibitors to use sustainable materials, transport and energy.
Faversham House is a proud member of the SME Climate Hub, a global initiative that empowers small to medium sized companies to take climate action and build more resilient businesses. Through the SME Climate Hub, the company commits to reduce its negative impact on the environment through authentic action, halving its emissions by 2030. In making the commitment, the company has joined the United Nations Race to Zero campaign.

B Impact Assessment
Faversham House scored 103.3 points through the B Impact Assessment. To certify as a B Corp, businesses must score at least 80 points in the B Impact Assessment. The average score for non-certified businesses who complete the Assessment for the first time is currently 50.9 points.
The B Impact Assessment is a rigorous assessment tracking the impact a business has on its staff, its customers, the environment and the communities in which it operates. It also assesses governance practices within businesses.
B Corp Certification is not permanent. Businesses are required to recertify every three years. As such, Faversham House will need to recertify by February 2027.

Related Posts

Faversham House wins Independent Publisher of the year for the third year in a row

This year Faversham House scooped the prestigious PPA Independent Publisher of the Year award –

Faversham House invests in positive climate action

Faversham House has worked with Climate Impact to support independently verified carbon emissions avoidance/reduction projects

Faversham House launches AI generative search engines on media sites

Faversham House has launched generative search engines on both its media websites. In addition to

This website is powered by renewable energy

Faversham House is proud to say that our website is powered by 100% renewable energy.