Talking Tables is now a certified B Corporation, joining a growing group of companies reinventing business by pursuing purpose as well as profit.
B Corps are companies and organisations that have met rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency, demonstrating a commitment to goals outside of profit.
The accreditation process is over seen by B Lab, a non-profit network transforming the global economy to benefit all people, communities, and the planet. The movement began in 2006 with the idea that a different kind of economy was not only possible, but necessary — and that business could lead the way towards a new model putting people and the planet at the forefront. London is the capital of B Corps – there are now almost 1,000 UK B Corps, with over 5,700 worldwide.
The B Impact Assessment doesn't focus on one product or service but rather the business as a whole. B Corps are legally required to consider the impact of its decisions on all its stakeholders – from staff, to customers to the local community. B Corp is a global movement of businesses supporting each other to improve and drive social change.
Talking Tables believes in everything B Corp stands for and has long been working towards becoming the most sustainable business possible. The company says: "We're committed to our people – for example, everyone has a £500 budget to spend on their well-being – as well as the community, supporting gatherings for local groups and charities.
"We're mindful that in a marketing world where green washing is the latest 'trend', customers need to know that they are making informed buying decisions. B Corp provides that reassurance." 72% of people believe that businesses should have a legal responsibility to the planet and people, alongside maximising profits.
Talking Table's sustainability initiatives include removing single use plastic – 91% of the TT autumn/winter collection is free from single use plastic, producing recyclable paper products from FSC sustainably managed forests, ensuring where products can't be recycled they are built to last, offering a rental service, offsetting napkins and games with tree planting, supporting wind farms and solar projects and reducing its office carbon footprint.