• Gayertree Subramaniam

Best For The World Companies Create Positive Impact for All Stakeholders

Top-Performing B Corps from Australia and New Zealand Share Highlights and Hopes for the Future

Every year, B Lab recognizes the top-performing Certified B Corporations that are creating the greatest impact through their businesses. These 2019 Best For The World companies demonstrate that considering all stakeholders in business decisions is a winning strategy.

The list includes 89 B Corps in Australia and New Zealand that are leading the way. Below an honoree in each category—community, governance, customers, workers, environment, changemaker and overall—shares a bit about its top-rated practices and plans for continued improvement and collaboration.

The 2019 Best For The World Honorees are building a more inclusive, regenerative economy focused on having a positive impact for all stakeholders.

Find all the 2019 honorees and learn more about the movement of people using business as a force for good.

Community: Handknits Pty Ltd

What makes your company Best For The World?

We change lives in rural villages in Tamil Nadu, India, by educating and employing women to hand-knit for fashion brands. We connect makers, brands and consumers through handknitting. Each garment comes with a swing tag featuring a photo of the woman who hand-knitted the garment, her name and a QR code that links the consumer to a webpage dedicated to that artisan’s story. Fashion brands can now inform their customers of where their garments were made, exactly who made them and the impact this work has had on the artisan’s life. We are handknitting the world together.

The U.N. Sustainable Development Goals are entwined in our DNA. Of the 17 goals, we are contributing to eight by operating our business in a transparent way. These goals are: No poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, decent work and economic growth, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production.

What makes you stand out from other companies?

Building connections makes us stand out in the world of manufacturing. We understand consumers want to know so much more about the impact their purchases are having on the planet and people.

Our production process is personalised, handmade, and connects brands with consumers in a meaningful way. Clothing with a powerful story is the next big thing in fashion. We believe it matters for consumers to know not only how their clothes are made, but also who makes them.

With our swing tags, consumers can learn each garment is made by hand from the first stitch to the last — no machine intervention, no carbon footprint — by a woman who is now earning a stable income that is transforming not only her life but the future of her family.

What advice do you have for other B Corps and purpose-led businesses that want to improve their impact?

B Corp is an invaluable resource for understanding how business can make a meaningful impact on people, planet and communities. Connecting with B Corp’s resources is a great first step.

Fundamentally, you need to do what you love. If you have a passion, motivation and resilience to stay true to your vision of making an impact, you will have a solid foundation.

Governance: Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform

What makes your company Best For The World?

As the largest co-regulatory arrangement operating under Australia’s National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, the mission of the Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform (ANZRP) is focused on product stewardship and promoting recycling. Implicit in our governance structures are social and environmental performance measures, overseen by ethical and transparent formal governance processes that progress this mission. Every day we continue to work toward our mission and aim to improve our positive impact on all stakeholders.

What makes you stand out from other companies?