The certification, developed by the Organisation for Responsible Businesses CIC and validated by Anglia Ruskin University, is a certification process that ensures values are embedded at the core of an organisation and reflected in “every aspect of operations”.
Jill Poet, CEO of the organisation for Responsible Businesses, said: “Big businesses typically focus on ‘CSR initiatives’ to appeal to stakeholders, which can lead to accusations of greenwashing.
“Smaller businesses tend to focus on a genuine People, Planet, Profit approach: a holistic approach to sustainability that is good for business and good for society. This is the responsible business movement, and it is being led by SMEs.”
David Nicoll, proprietor, Dingle Lane, added: “As well as my accountancy practice, I also own and operate a smallholding.
“I am already committed to supporting my local community and reducing environmental impacts, but soon realised there was no room for complacency.”