Cotswold Fayre has launch B Corp Accelerator Programme, with the aim of helping its suppliers through the B Corp accreditation process.
The fine foods wholesler was one of the first companies in the industry to receive B Corp accreditation in 2015, and impact manager Clementine De Zotti, believes many of its suppliers are eager to understand more about the accreditation and how they can start to work towards accreditation themselves.
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“From the outside, the process can look a little daunting. Many are already doing the right things but need some assistance on how to connect this with the certification process, and this is where we can really help,” she said.
There are more than 600 B Corps in the UK, of which 103 are in the food and drink sector. Cotswold Fayre has 35 B Corp suppliers and hopes that with the help of the new programme it will add a further 20 to its portfolio this year.
Brian Crowther, co-founder at Flower and White, has recently joined the inaugural three month course and says: “When the opportunity came up with Cotswold Fayre to join a B Corp cohort led Accelerator course we jumped at it.
“B Corp frames our company’s ambitions very well. Why wouldn’t we want to embrace a working culture that supports our people, customers and community whilst bringing tangible improvements to environmental impact? Why wouldn’t every business?
“The cohort approach allows a shared experience learning environment that is super helpful and a very efficient way of learning.”