WalkerBai is currently working towards BCorp Certification as part of our commitment towards building a better, more sustainable business, that meets the highest standards of accountability in terms of social and environmental performance.
Certified B Corporations are leaders of a global movement of people using business as a force for good™. They meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability and aspire to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. There are more than 1,400 Certified B Corporations in over 120 industries and 40 countries with 1 unifying goal – to redefine success in business. The performance standards B Corps™ meet are comprehensive, transparent and verified. They measure a company’s impact on all its stakeholders, not just owners, so that the interests of workers, suppliers, community, customers and the environment are considered.
B Corp certification is similar to Greenstar certification for green buildings or Fair Trade certification for coffee. A key difference, however is that BCorp certification evaluates an entire company (ie worker engagement, community involvement, environmental footprint, and governance structure) rather than looking at just one aspect of a company (ie a building or product).
Be the Change you Seek
B stands for B the Change, inspired by Gandhi’s famous invocation that we must be the change we seek in the world. It also stands for Better business…Best for the World…and Benefits for all stakeholders. Environmentally sustainable design is a core part of our business and we see the BCorp framework as a natural fit with this and the values of WalkerBai.
Good for Workers
WalkerBai regularly conducts industry wage reviews to ensure we are paying above industry rates. We subsidise professional training and development for all employees, and provide highly flexible work options for our employees, all of whom work at least partially from home. Employee engagement surveys are conducted twice yearly used to influence a range of areas including policies and procedures as outlined in the employee handbook.
Good For the Community
We are committed to maximising diversity at all levels of our organisation, from directors through to front-line staff. Four paid days per year per employee are allocated to undertaking volunteer activities, and we have a formalised charitable giving program based on a percentage of profit. Our procurement policies ensure preference is given to businesses with diverse ownership and commitment to minimum environmental standards.
Good For the Environment
WalkerBai utilises state of the art technology to minimise the need for travel in order to minimise our carbon footprint, and where travel is required, purchase carbon offsets. Our staff work either from home or at carefully selected co-working spaces which have met minimum environmental audit standards, reviewed annually, and we run as a paperless office.
Good for the Long Term
A commitment to sustainable and ethical business forms part of our mission statement, and all of our staff receive regular training in sustainable design, regardless of their core discipline. Every project that we undertake is analysed at inception for opportunities to reduce environmental impact through good design.
Good to the Core
Environmentally sustainable design and associated services form a significant part of our core business and we have an ongoing commitment to research and development in areas such as micro grid technology that can help address social and environmental problems.
We believe that every business has the power to change lives by integrating giving into its everyday business activities. We give our time, energy and money to projects and people aligned with our vision and goals. We believe that through delivering sustainable projects with our clients, together we can create a bright future for the world and leave a legacy for future generations to come.
Through you and our wonderful partnership with the Global Giving Initiative B1G1: Business for Good, we are helping to create a world of giving. Your engagement and collaboration with us allows us to make a bigger impact on the world, together.
Every time you do business with us, we give on your behalf as our way of saying thanks, and at no extra cost to you.