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At Invesdor, we are always moving forward, also during B Corp month


Invesdor strives for a sustainable, equal and inclusive future. We do this by giving our investors the opportunity to finance companies and energy projects that not only benefit them, but also the world. Together, we pave the way for a better future and continue to find ways to increase our impact. One of the ways to show that we want to keep moving forward is our B Corp certification. This certification is an ongoing drive to do better business. During B Corp month, many B Corp companies join forces to increase visibility and awareness around corporate social responsibility. So that in the future more and more companies follow suit to reduce their footprint and take people and the environment into consideration.

What is B Corp?

B Corp stands for 'Benefit Corporation' and is a certification that allows you, as a company, to show that you actually do business in a socially responsible way. Oneplanetcrowd obtained its B Corp certification for the first time in March 2016. Obtaining the prestigious certificate is not easy and an intensive process precedes the award. Indeed, in addition to adding financial value, B Corp companies must make a demonstrable impact on people and the environment. The B Corp certificate shows that a company is not just pretending to be sustainable and is not greenwashing. At a time when sustainability is becoming increasingly important, this is a valuable, reliable certification. 

How does a company become B Corp certified?  

Companies get B Corp certification only when they meet the high standards set for their social and environmental impact and must account for it. This includes looking at community, customer, environmental, governance and employee impacts. To become a B Corp, an organization must go through an Impact certification process. The questions relate to sustainability in its broadest sense. In the process, a company must score at least 80 out of a possible 200 points. And that's not easy. To illustrate, worldwide 55% of companies that complete the questionnaire do not receive the certification.  

Once a company is B Corp certified, they are required to communicate transparently about their score. A B Corp certificate must be renewed annually: thus, companies can lose the certificate even if they no longer meet the strict conditions. In this way, the seal retains its value and authority.  

Which companies are B Corp certified?  

The B Corp certificate has been awarded by the American non-profit organization B Lab since 2006. In the Netherlands and Belgium, the first companies in Europe received their certification in 2015. This number has since grown to about 1,100 companies in Europe, of which more than 200 are based in the Netherlands. Worldwide, there are more than 6,000 B Corp companies in 80 countries.  

Invesdor Netherlands (previously Oneplanetcrowd) was itself allowed to contribute to the creation of funding for several leading B Corp companies such as Fairphone, Yoni, Moyee, Snappcar, Mud Jeans and Seepje. In total, Invesdor has supported over 335 sustainable projects, raising over €130 million in investments for inspiring B Corp companies and projects. Other well-known B Corp certified companies include Tony's Chocolonely, Triodos Bank, WeTransfer and Dopper.

Sustainable soap producer Seepje 'challenged' by B Corp certification

Oneplanetcrowd helped sustainable soap product Seepje raise their funding in 2014 and 2017. Back then, they were already working hard to make the world a little cleaner and more beautiful by making laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaner and hand soap from soap husks from India and Nepal. Not only should the packaging and the product be sustainable, but also the people in India and Nepal should benefit.  

Jasper Gabriëlse, co-founder of Seepje, spoke to the editors of The Entrepreneur about their journey to achieving B Corp certification. "We see B Corp as a comprehensive assessment of our impact on all fronts. During the first assessment we scored 84.2 points, but we make it a sport to reach 100. The great thing about B Corp is that it inspires and challenges us to make the company even better," said Jasper. 

The future as B Corp 

We are looking forward to a future in which we will continue to encourage our crowd to invest in strong B Corp brands. If you want to stay informed about our B Corp opportunities, sign up for our newsletter and follow us on the socials.  

Written by: Invesdor

Lindsey van Loon



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