Talking Tables is now a B Corp. What's that?

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Talking Tables is now a certified B Corporation, joining a growing group of companies reinventing business by pursuing purpose as well as profit.

What is a B Corp?

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.

What makes B Corps unique

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 our decisions on all our 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.

Why B Corp?

Talking Tables believes in everything B Corp stands for and we have long been working towards becoming the most sustainable business possible. 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. B Corp survey. 

Where we are now

Our 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 our napkins and games with tree planting
  • Supporting wind farms and solar projects
  • Reducing our office carbon footprint.

We are reducing our reliance on virgin materials: this spring/summer season we are introducing products made from recycled glass and paper as well as upcycled bunting made from remnants.

We are continuing to source closer to home; we are already source paper plates, dinner candles, paper straws, paper napkins and jigsaws in Europe.

 Putting people first…

We work with the community to both bring people together and improve the local environment. We have wellness budgets for staff, along with a raft of social clubs and paid volunteering days.



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