B the Change Weekly: June 21, 2019

Delivered on Fridays, B the Change Weekly delivers the most important and most relevant stories about people using business as a force for good. The newsletter features a weekly note from the B the Change team alongside insight and context on the stories we share here on Medium. Below is our latest roundup. To receive these insights directly in your inbox, sign up for B the Change Weekly today. Now onto the good stuff:

(Photo by Rita Vicari on Unsplash)

Neighborhoods, networks, collaborations — all involve aspects of community, or common interests, that bring people together. In the Certified B Corporation community, that common interest is using business as a force for good to benefit all stakeholders rather than only shareholders’ pocketbooks. By expanding a company’s mission beyond the bottom line, B Corp certification also expands opportunities for workers, customers and business partners and helps them create a more prosperous community for all.

This week we highlight B Corps that bring people together, making community and inclusion a business imperative.

Neighbourhood Group opened its first restaurant, the Wooly Pub, in 1990. The Guelph, Ontario-based Certified B Corporation now operates five restaurants with 150 total employees.

A Neighbourhood That Nurtures

With five restaurants and 150 employees in the Guelph, Ontario, area, Neighbourhood Group nurtures its community by partnering with local producers — farmers, breweries, wineries and other suppliers — for food and drink that are fresh, sustainable and familiar. As a 2018 Inclusive Economy Challenge, this B Corp refocused on its financial services that help workers build a stronger financial foundation and relieve a bit of the everyday pressures that can affect on-the-job performance.

Learn the steps Neighbourhood Group took to improve its employee services and opportunities in this Q&A on B the Change.

Creating Brighter Futures for People Seeking Refuge

Amid a growing global population with increasing urbanization and migration, businesses have an opportunity to embrace diversity as agents of social change. To explore this work, B Lab UK recently hosted an event where panelists discussed how businesses and citizens can help integrate marginalized populations into society.

Panelist Mohib Ullah, a language officer at RefuAid, recaps the discussion and why it has him optimistic for the future in this article on B the Change.

Purpose + Impact = Inclusive Change

Through its recently launched Inclusive Workplaces Program, B Corp Ellevate Network aims to arm managers and advocates — leaders with high social and political capital who are positioned to facilitate change — with the tools they need to bring lasting, sustainable change to their workplaces.

On B the Change, Ellevate shares highlights from its recent podcast that launched the program, which will include a series of events and related content on effective diversity and inclusion work.

PS — You can tune in TODAY to livestream Ellevate Network’s Mobilize Women Summit, where B Lab co-founder Jay Coen Gilbert joins several other speakers in conversations about equity and empathy at work, and so much more.

This Week on B the Change

Here’s your chance to catch up on what we shared this week:

Food for Thought: Growing an Idea with Partners Who Share Your Values

Patagonia Provisions Advances Regenerative Organic Food

It’s Time for the Business World to Declare a Climate Emergency

The Neighbourhood Group Nurtures Community and an Inclusive Economy

Sounding the Alarm: Glacier Research Shows Effects of a Warming Climate

B the Change gathers and shares the voices from within the movement of people using business as a force for good and the community of Certified B Corporations. The opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the nonprofit B Lab.

Bring In Your Community was originally published in B the Change on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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