B Lab is transforming the global economy to benefit all people, communities, and the planet. They are a leader in economic systems change, and their global network creates standards, policies, and tools for business, and they certify companies—known as B Corps—who are leading the way.
Kate Sandle is the Director of Programmes and Engagement at B Lab UK. Since the UK launch of the B Corporation (B Corp) movement in 2015, Kate has been building a community of companies who are voluntarily meeting rigorous social and environmental standards.
Kate also oversees the programmatic work including engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals, climate action and centering justice, equity and diversity.
There are over 4,000 certified B Corps globally from 150 industries and 70 countries, including The Guardian, The Body Shop, Patagonia and innocent.
Kate co-founded and is currently a non-exec Director of Business Declares, a volunteer-led network, launched to encourage and enable business to declare a climate emergency and commit to meaningful action. Kate is on the Advisory Board of Freestar, an alcohol free beer, and judges several awards in tech, film and art.
Kate has an MSc in Social Business and Entrepreneurship from the London School of Economics and Politics and has a BA in International Relations from the University of Leeds.
Kate emphasises that our planet’s challenges, such as the climate emergency, racial injustice and social inequality, are manmade. And it is business, as the most influential manmade power, that can address those challenges.
And it is only when businesses recognise this power and own their impact will they and their people be around in the future.
Kate gives insights into what support is on offer for businesses from B Lab and how to get B Corp certified.
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