Carbon Gold, the Bristol-based supplier of enriched biochar to the retail, arb and grower markets in the UK and Europe, has achieved B Corp status.
The certification, which is a global standard used to measure a for-profit company’s social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency, is described as being to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee.
The accreditation means Carbon Gold has successfully surpassed the rigorous standards set by the non-profit B Lab to become certified as a conscientious business that operates sustainably in its markets, cares for its employees, and has a positive impact on the world.
Craig Sams, Executive Chairman at Carbon Gold, says, “Carbon Gold has always been about making a difference. Whether that’s helping trees flourish in the face of pests and diseases, boosting commercial growers’ yields to help them meet growing demand and stay profitable, or sequestering carbon permanently in soil to combat climate change. It’s important that, as a business, we reflect those positive commercial goals.”
“I think in the corporate world, if you were to think of companies as people, you wouldn’t want to be friends with a lot of them. From the beginning, we’ve always said we would not operate like that. We want our team to enjoy working for us and we want our customers and commercial partners to enjoy being part of our stakeholder group.”
Kate Sandle, Community Manager at B Lab UK, says, “As a movement of companies who believe business can be a force for good, we are delighted to welcome Carbon Gold to the B Corp community. We need more businessmen like Craig Sams to champion the health of our planet. The addition of Carbon Gold to our diverse community is important to continue driving the change we seek across all sectors.”
B-Corp status is the latest in a suite of accreditations for Carbon Gold which is also FSC certified, approved by the Soil Association for use in organic food production, approved for use in biodynamic systems through the globally recognised Demeter standard, and corporate members of LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming).