We are thrilled to announce our certification as a B Corp™, confirming our commitment to ensure travel is a force for good.
Certified B Corporations® are companies that balance purpose and profit and use the power of business to build a more inclusive and sustainable economy. To gain certification, we have had to meet rigorous standards of accountability, and verify our social and environmental performance, the impact of the business on our employees, customers, communities, and the environment.
There are over 1,400 B Corps™ in the UK, including brands such as The Guardian, innocent, Patagonia, The Body Shop and Abel & Cole. We join a small number of travel companies to have achieved certification and are currently only the second business travel management company within the B Corp™ community.
Joint Managing Director, Matthew Warren, said of the announcement: “This is an incredible milestone for us at Travel Places, and one that we are all exceptionnally proud of. We’ve always been passionate about balancing profit and purpose but gaining B Corp certification® now gives us a globally-recognised stamp of these efforts that further strengthen our commitment to contribute to a better, more sustainable future.
“We accept the impact that travel and events programmes can have on our resources, society and the environment. But we also strongly believe that they can be a powerful force for good and we have embraced our responsibility in facilitating that. Becoming B Corp™ marks the start of the next phase of our journey. We’re committed to a path of continual improvement and will keep pushing forward, identifying more ways to support our community of staff, local suppliers and charities, and always striving to make the right decisions to increase our positive impact on the world.”
As a certified B Corp™ business, we have been identified as meeting a higher standard of social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profits with purpose. B Corp™ certification is a long-term and ongoing commitment and to maintain certification, companies must reassess and reverify every three years.
Chris Turner, Executive Director of B Lab UK, says “We are delighted to welcome Travel Places to the B Corp community. This is a movement of companies who are committed to changing how business operates and believe business really can be a force for good. We know that Travel Places are going to be a fantastic addition to the community and will continue driving the conversation forward”.
“We are pleased to have B Corps™ of all shapes and sizes as part of our community – from startups to multinationals and across many different industries. Business is a powerful force and B Corps™ demonstrate that you can do good in any sector. Welcoming Travel Places is an exciting moment because they have an opportunity to lead the way within the business travel industry. We and the rest of the B Corp™ community are really pleased to support Travel Places in paving the way for a new way of doing things”.
This is an incredible milestone for us at Travel Places, and one that we are all incredibly proud of. We’ve always been passionate about balancing profit and purpose but gaining B Corp certification® now gives us a globally-recognised stamp of these efforts.
Since committing ourself to reaching the standards required by B Corp™, we have taken a number of steps, which include:
- Making investments aimed at reducing our carbon footprint, with modifications to the Travel Places head office, installation of solar panels in 2022 and a switch to electric vehicles.
- We are carbon neutral, having offset the emissions that are impossible for us to avoid.
- Increased community involvement, partnering with local charities to fundraise, support and raise awareness.
- Improved provisions for staff, with a commitment to paying our staff a living wage, a refresh of our wellbeing campaigns, communication and benefits.
- Development of increased tools to support our clients’ sustainability efforts.
- Launch of a training academy, providing increased opportunities for those looking to start a career in travel.
You can read more about the steps we took last year to increase our positive impact by reading our 2022 Impact Report here.