For the past three years, The B Team has worked in partnership with businesses, governments, thought-leaders and civil society advocates to identify solutions and drive bold action to transform the global economy, for the benefit of people and the planet.
Here we reflect on our progress so far, as we work toward a new era of sustainable, inclusive business for all.
Explore the progress made and major milestones below or download the full report.
Whenever I look into making an investment, the first thing I think about is whether or not the idea will have a positive impact upon the world. Through the conversations I have had with other leaders, I’ve realised that this is not the case for all, and the shift in business towards more sustainable practices is still too piecemeal, lightweight and isolated.
After seeing the impact The Elders was having on the world stage, and the Carbon War Room in the climate change space, we thought it could be powerful to create a new global collaboration to encourage businesses to put people and the planet alongside profit.
In a series of workshops with experts on sustainability, systems, economics, civil society and entrepreneurship, one of the overwhelming themes that emerged was that Plan A was no longer working and we needed a Plan B for business.
The B Team is unique because of the range of people putting their own resources into changing business for good, with practical results.
Three years in, I am more convinced than ever that business can have a positive influence on the world. Governments and civil society cannot solve the world’s problems alone. It is going to take all of us — especially those of us with the resources to make a wide impact.
Individuals can try to solve problems in their own community, small businesses in their city, medium-sized businesses nationally and bigger businesses internationally. Imagine a world where the purpose of business is to become a driving force for social, environmental and economic benefit.
From driving innovative and human centered people practices to putting equality and diversity issues at the centre of the business agenda, The B Team is already making an impact. But its greatest successes are yet to come. I truly believe that the private sector can — and must — change from being motivated primarily by profit.
It’s no longer an option. Business must become a force for good.
Climate change could reduce
global GDP by
$72 Trillion USDSee our work to achieve a just transition to Net-Zero by 2050
of employees are disengaged at workLearn more about the 100% Human at Work network
The direct cost of corruption
every year is
$2.6 trillion USDGet more info on The B Team’s efforts to end corruption
more natural resources than exist to support current consumptionLearn how we’re valuing natural resources with New Metrics
companies are registered as Benefit Corporations, accountable to their stakeholders as well as shareholdersFind out more about the Born B movement
A more equitable workforce would increase global GDP by
$28 trillion USDSee how business can help meet the Global Goals
16 Leader’s come together to form The B Team.
Supporters at 1200 events in 70 countries join The B Team Launch.
Hundreds of public submissions with ideas help us decide what The B Team should work on.
Founding member of We Mean Business Coalition for bold climate action.
Join Natural Capital Coalition to create a Natural Capital Protocol for business.
Launch 100% Human at Work Network for human-centred companies.
Help form Beneficial Ownership Transparency (BOT) Working Group to encourage companies to implement BOT.
13 B Team Companies adopt 44 We Mean Business Commitments, and encourage a further 251 companies to join us.
1,700 people join discussion of business' role in meeting the Global Goals.
Reach more than 200k people with our call for long-term goal in the COP21 Paris Agreement.
More than 50 companies pilot the Natural Capital Protocol pilot (to be released July 2016).
120 disruptive entrepreneurs join #BornB discussion on building companies with purpose. Discussion reaches 13.6M people.
Co-host the Tackling Corruption Together conference, with 400 business, civil society and government leaders, prior to the UK Anti-Corruption Summit.