At the 2011 B Corp Champions conference, Mal Warwick, Director of One World Futbol, participated in the Champions working group where it was decided that a letter from the B Community was needed to engage with the Occupy Wall Street movement. The purpose of the letter is to demonstrate that B Corps are better businesses that are a compelling alternative to the status quo and can be looked to as part of the solution to the economic injustice that the Occupy Wall Street movement seeks to address. The letter can be used by all the businesses in the B Corp community.
(For more on B Corps and the OWS movement, read B Lab’s blog article, “Occupy Wall Street: A Powerful Demand for Something New--Like This”, in Forbes’s CSR blog on 10/20/11.)
by Mal Warwick
The Occupy Wall Street movement expresses the anger and frustration of tens of millions of Americans over what many perceive as an unjust and unsustainable economic system. It is a powerful demand for something new: an economy that works for all of us.
Business is the most powerful force on the planet and can be a positive instrument for change. However, business as usual isn’t working. As entrepreneurs and investors in a new type of corporation – the B Corporation -- we represent one promising path to a more inclusive and sustainable economy.
B Corporations create value for all its stakeholders – our customers, our workers, our communities, the environment, and, yes, our shareholders too. We think it’s simply a better way to do business.
The Occupy Wall Street movement signals intense and widespread dissatisfaction with the status quo. B Corporations offer an alternative.
As consumers, we can all choose B Corps when buying products for our offices and homes. You can search the full directory of nearly 500 B Corporations here.
If you’re a business leader, please consider joining this movement and sharing the message with your colleagues and friends.
Together, we can redefine success in business.
With gratitude to all who are working for a better way to do business,
Singlebrook and The B Corp Community