BLDing Ontario's B Corp Community
By Crystal Wilson
Near the end of June this year, hundreds of individuals who are committed to the B Corp community (whether through employment or business ownership) gathered together at BLD Ontario to learn from one another, celebrate the growth of the B Corp movement, and, maybe most importantly, to plant the seeds for how Certified B Corporations in Ontario will work cooperatively and collaboratively over the coming years to create and incite the positive change that is so desperately needed.
As a B Corp business owner, the value of sitting amongst so many others who have invested their resources in taking the B Impact Assessment and baking its components into their work is huge. From an employee perspective, there is incredible benefit in hearing how other businesses live out their B Corp-ness, as well as having the opportunity to take part in workshops and panels that offer this unique B Corp slant and show them new ways that they can engage with their work taking B Corp values into account.
We were able to have 5 Flow team members attend this year's BLD event and one of the key things I have noticed since the conference is their increased confidence when speaking about our B Corp certification. Some had difficulty articulating what B Corp was prior to the conference and now have a better grasp of what it is and how it impacts their work.
As part of the planning committee for the event, I had less opportunity than my team did to really soak in the information that was presented at BLD 2019, so here are a few of their key takeaways from the event:
- Moving into leadership positions requires a shift in mindset, and requires one to be authentic/vulnerable, to ask questions and listen, and to let go of the need to feel like "the expert" and empower others.
- When receiving feedback, it's important to note that what you are really being told is what the other person values.
- We should stop asking "how can I get a seat at that table" and "who should be at this table" and start asking "what table exists that I don't see?"
- If you wouldn't treat your kid sister like that, don't treat your employees like that either.
- Even if it doesn’t always feel like it, you are a leader and have the ability to make an impact no matter your position.
More information about the event and the B Corp community in Canada, check out this article by Steven Hobe of Hobe-Hosokawa Marketing.