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Business as a Force for Good
Becoming a Certified B Corporation is an important moment in our company’s history. This milestone marks the culmination of 15 years of work and impact through our LivingOn sustainability program, and the start of a new journey as a member of a global movement seeking to change our economic system. This accreditation highlights years of efforts to positively impact all stakeholders – our team members, communities, customers, and our planet. Achieving B Corp Certification provides a valuable validation that we are on the right path to building a truly sustainable and socially responsible business.
We are proud to announce that Living Edge is now a Certified B Corporation™.
Founded in 1998, our commitment to sustainability began with the selection brands and products we chose to bring to market in Australia – a selective process to this day. Our commitment is encapsulated by our “Furniture For Life” tag line. Furniture For Life has a dual meaning; firstly, our range is made of designs for living, working, and everything in between. Secondly, it reflects that the aesthetic, functional, and manufacturing qualities of our products ensure longevity – ours are products bought for a lifetime, not throwaway consumables.
We soon realised our commitment to sustainability could extend beyond the products we endorsed. In 2008, we launched our sustainability program, LivingOn, with a recognition that our commitment to sustainability needed to be bigger than supplying product that met certain industry standards. We realised that we had a responsibility to be an environmentally and socially responsible company in our own right. Over the last 15 years, the LivingOn program has grown and evolved to focus on environmental, social, and economic issues in line with the ‘triple bottom line’ of people, planet, and prosperity.
In 2009, Living Edge became the first Herman Miller dealer to quantify and offset the freight emissions generated from importing Herman Miller furniture, and in 2017 we achieved carbon neutral operations by expanding the scope of our emissions reporting and offsetting to cover all our facilities and activities. We have not only neutralised our emissions, but we have also worked to reduce them by transitioning to carbon neutral energy in NSW and Victoria, introducing electric vehicles into our fleet, and promoting recycling throughout our operations through our Living Without Waste initiative. In 2022, we introduced a new philosophy to the LivingOn program – ‘Think Circular’. Think Circular encourages us to embed the principles of the circular economy into our business, a mission driven by two core sustainability programs, Relive – a program that aims to create a second life for Living Edge products – and Lifecycle – a circular procurement model developed by Living Edge to enable a more flexible and sustainable approach to furniture procurement.
The LivingOn program also focusses on social impact, both within our own operations and in the wider community. We strive to help our people thrive by providing engaging work environments that promote human health and wellbeing – a mission epitomised by our WELL Platinum certified showroom at 7 Queen Street, Perth. We also ensure we protect the physical and psychological health of our people through an ISO 45001 certified health and safety management system and 24/7 access to a Wellbeing Program provided by Assure Programs, a leading EAP provider in Australia. Our external impact program focusses on corporate philanthropy through donations to good causes including The Black Dog Institute and Lifeline, as well as volunteering opportunities throughout the year, including our annual Community Week in December. In 2022, the Living Edge team volunteered with food charities across Australia to prepare and pack provisions and meals for those most in need during the holiday season.
We acknowledge that the journey does not stop here. We must remain committed to continuous improvement and working collectively for systems change with our partners in the B Corp movement.
What is the B Corp movement?
B Corp is a global movement of People Using Business as a Force for Good®. Together, we are shifting our economic system from favouring only the few to benefitting all, from concentrating wealth and power to ensuring equity, from extraction to regeneration, and from prioritising individualism to embracing interdependence.
The B Corp movement is led by B Lab™, the non-profit network transforming the global economy to benefit all people, communities, and the planet. B Lab creates standards, policies, tools, and programs that shift the behaviour, culture, and structure of capitalism. B Lab mobilise the global B Corp community towards collective action to address society’s most critical challenges, and collaborate with governments, academia, coalitions, and other institutions to drive economic systems change.
What is a B Corp Corporation?
A Certified B Corporation is a company that has been verified as meeting B Lab’s high standards for social and environmental impact, that has made a legal commitment to stakeholder governance, and that is demonstrating accountability and transparency by disclosing this record of performance in a public B Corp profile.
Companies built on these principles measure success when there is value created for all stakeholders and believe in an economy that incentivises businesses and investments that build on social and environmental value, recognising the interdependence of people, planet, and the economy.
Why did we choose to become B Corp Certified?
We chose to become a Certified B Corporation because we share the B Corp movement’s belief that business can be a force for good. We also believe in the importance of robust, objective, third party verification of a company’s environmental and social impact. The outcome of our B Impact Assessment™ gives us confidence that we are on the right path towards creating benefit for all, but perhaps more importantly, it provides us with a framework for continuous improvement and collective action. In order to maintain certification, companies must undertake the assessment and verification process every three years, demonstrating they are still meeting B Lab’s standards — which are themselves always improving, with continual input from expert stakeholders.
What contributed to our B Corp Certification?
The B Impact Assessment involves answering over 250 questions focussing on B Lab’s five Impact Area Pillars: Workers, Environment, Customers, Community, and Governance. Our responses were then verified in collaboration with a B Lab Analyst in order to reach our final B Impact Score.