Proud to be one of the first in its sector, Talking Tables, the recyclable home, gifts, party accessories and games company, has received certification as a B Corp, joining a growing group of companies reinventing business by pursuing purpose as well as profit. The company has been certified by B Lab, the not-for-profit behind the B Corp movement, as having met rigorous social and environmental standards.
“We are honoured to be an early receiver of the B Corp certification within our industry and within the UK,” states Clare Harris, founder of Talking Tables. “We’ve found that the B Corp application process has provided an invaluable framework for us and its emphasis on continued improvement inspires us to strive to be better and develop new initiatives.”
Adds Chris Turner, executive director of B Lab UK: “Welcoming Talking Tables is an exciting moment because they have an opportunity to lead the way within their industry. We, and the rest of the B Corp community, are really pleased to support Talking Tables in paving the way for a new way of doing things. We are pleased to have B Corps of all shapes and sizes as part of our community – from start-ups to multinationals and across many different industries. Business is a powerful force and B Corps demonstrate that you can do good in any sector.”
Talking Tables joins a community of 5,575 businesses globally who have certified as B Corps to include well-known brands such as The Guardian, innocent, Patagonia and The Body Shop.
New initiatives for spring/summer 23 include less reliance on virgin materials with recycled glass and paper products and bunting produced from fabric remnants. The season will see a continued emphasis on sourcing closer to home, and the collection will be 96% single use plastic free.
Talking Tables, which produced the world’s first totally plastic free and recyclable paper cup, has held an FSC licence for 10 years and is working with Ecologi on tree planting to offset napkin and games production as well as on more immediate impact initiatives like supporting wind farms.
The B Corp certification involves an assessment of the social and environmental impact of a business through more than 200 questions concerning governance, employees, communities and the environment. Applicants are required to meet a score of over 80, with Talking Tables achieving 87.5.
Above: Talking Tables is delighted to have achieved B Corp certification.