Packfleet is officially a B Corp 🌍

Hugo Cornejo

Yep, that’s right.

We’ve officially joined the B Corp ranks. This means that Packfleet meets the highest standards of business as a force for good.

A lot of hard work has gone into this and we’re absolutely thrilled by it.

And yes, that famous logo is going on our vans.

What is a B Corp?

Good question.

Over time – especially the last couple of decades – the negative impact businesses can and do have on people, communities and our planet has become far too clear.

Steered by global non-profit network B Lab, the B Corp movement is all about harnessing the power of business to turn this negative impact into a much more positive one.

A B Corp (or a certified B Corporation, if we’re using full names) is a business that’s been verified by B Lab to meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability.

It’s a very exclusive club (for all the right reasons).

How did Packleet become a B Corp?

The B Corp application is notoriously tough, and that’s especially true if you’re a delivery company.

However, we’re a delivery company that’s built sustainability into our business from the get-go: we’ve always been a fully electric, carbon neutral delivery service that treats people well.

While the application indeed proved to be tricky – it certainly made us realise where we’re doing well and where else needs attention – the truth is that we didn’t really have to change much about our business.

That's something we’re really proud of, and for that we have to thank lots of people. Firstly, our customers who decided to work with a courier that cares about these things. And secondly, our brilliant, wonderful Packfleet team 💚

Why is being a B Corp important to Packfleet?

When we first pitched the idea for Packfleet – before we even had an office – we put the B Corp logo in our slide deck. We included it to say ‘this is the kind of business we’re going to build’.

It was the ultimate badge of honour for purpose-driven businesses then, and it still is today.

But really the most important thing about being a B Corp isn’t the badge – although it will look very cool on our vans – it’s the commitment.

By becoming a B Corp you’re signing up to meet a set of standards that are independent of your business. These standards will keep us honest and guide our decisions in the right direction.

If we fail to do that, we lose the badge and everyone can see that we’ve lost our way (but that’s not going to happen).

What’s next?

We can now sit back, relax and say that our work as a sustainable business is complete.

Not really.

While becoming a B Corp is a massive deal and we will celebrate, it’s not our end goal – sustainability doesn’t have one.

Looking to the future, we want to build a fleet of electric vans that can go further, expand carbon neutral deliveries beyond the M25 and help form a truly circular delivery system.

There will always be lots to do!