We’re proudly a Certified B Corporation

Wednesday, 6 December 2023 | Press release

Embracing a new standard for the consulting landscape.

We’re delighted to share we’ve become a certified B Corporation, joining a global community of businesses committed to balancing profit with purpose.

We’ve undergone rigorous evaluation by B Lab, meeting high standards for social and environmental impact. This certification also reflects our ongoing dedication to using business as a force for good, evidenced by our legal commitment to stakeholder governance and pledge to continuous improvement.

We’ve always been committed to building for the long-term – for our clients and our own business – and B Corp aligns well with the values and initiatives we’ve already pursued. As a people-oriented business, we’re dedicated to becoming the best home for the best strategy talent, striving to ensure that individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds are well-equipped to thrive as employees and individuals. This gives us the strongest possible team to provide high quality bespoke advice to our clients.

In the broader community, our commercial client work increasingly embeds environmental, social, and governance (ESG) principles, and the resources dedicated to pro bono work have continually expanded to nearly 1.5% of all revenue.

Environmentally, we’ve made significant strides in performing in-depth measurements of our carbon emissions and setting and working towards science-based targets to minimise our footprint in the short and long term.

As a Certified B Corp, we aim to demonstrate that profitability and social responsibility are not mutually exclusive but integral components of a forward-thinking and impactful business model.

Will Hayllar, OC&C’s Global Managing Partner, commented on the announcement: 

“We aspired to become a B Corp to put our values into practice - moving beyond profit to make a positive impact on people and the planet. As a global strategy consulting firm growing in size and influence, it’s critical to ensure these principles are intrinsic to both our core strategic work for clients and the way our business operates more widely’’.

“The foundation of our business is our people. I hope this mark of assurance instils a sense of pride and motivates even greater engagement in our collective mission’’.

Deidre Sorensen, Partner and Global Head of ESG, OC&C, added:

“We are proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with over 7,000 B Corp companies worldwide, united in a commitment to use business as a force for good. And whilst this is a moment to celebrate, we know this is just the beginning. From our carbon footprint to our stakeholders’ well-being, every aspect of our impact will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, looking for ways to create positive change. It’s daunting to make this commitment, but critical if we want to drive lasting impact in a genuine way.’’

Chris Turner, Executive Director of B Lab UK, shared:

“We are delighted to welcome OC&C Strategy Consultants to the B Corp community. This is a movement of companies who are committed to changing how business operates and believe business really can be a force for good. We know that OC&C Strategy Consultants are going to be a fantastic addition to the community and will continue driving the conversation forward.”

We look forward to our exciting new chapter and enthusiastically invite and encourage industry peers to join us in reshaping the consulting landscape and the positive impact we can collectively make.

 

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