Better Know a B: Trustees Unlimited
Trustees Unlimited and Non-Executives Unlimited are joint ventures bringing together NCVO, B Corp Bates Wells Braithwaite (BWB), and Russam GMS. It was established in 2009 to help not for profit organisations recruit high quality trustees in a rigorous and cost effective way.
SD | Why did you become a B Corp?
Partly because TU partner BWB were engaging with the movement and they're keen to have as many of their own partners etc who can attest to similar values. But for TU itself, although we're a commercial entity we have a social purpose and don't trade to make profit so it ties in very well with what our aims are.
SD | What excites you about being part of the global B Corporation movement?
The possibility of more organisations embracing the fundamental B Corp premise and there being a tangible difference made in the wider (commercial)world, with people taking responsibility for their actions and how this directly or indirectly affects other people.
SD | Can you tell us about the impact that your company is having in the world?
Helping charity boards become more balanced and effective, with people who have better strategic skills to ensure the charity's mission is being more effectively delivered. Personal satisfaction/professional development for the people who undertake a trustee role, and increased employee engagement at organisations whose corporate values are aligned with those of its employees, thus improving business performance
SD | What benefits have you seen since certification?
I think people will appreciate the thinking behind it and we have been recognised for being values-driven as an organisation and as individuals, but it's not a very well recognised or understood brand/movement at the moment despite its well-meaning intentions - there's more work to do to promoting to the world at large.
SD | How did your other staff react to the certification?
There's only me and the TU board, and we were all very pleased. We do hope that as one of the inaugural UK B Corps that this will help drive the movement forward and would be keen to see if there were ways to work with you to promote the movement further.
SD | What has changed in your organisation as a result of taking the B Impact Assessment?
Recycling efforts - all used paper, card, plastic bottles, etc now sent to recycling facility
SD | It’s 2020, 5 years since you certified as a B Corp, what does the movement look like?
Would hope to see more 'household name' organisations signed up to the movement - I think it will need this sort of endorsement to really drive it forward. Possibly some ministerial level input? - certainly a move to make it similar to Investors In People for example, something that's widely recognised and the benefits of it more apparent - make it into something that makes it weird if you don't have the accreditation!