Changing the World Together
Quiip is honoured to have been among the first 250 companies in Australia to gain B Corp certification, in May 2018. We’re joining brands we’ve long admired such as Australian Ethical, Who Gives a Crap, KeepCup, Stone & Wood, Emma & Tom’s, Sendle, and more. Together, we’re redefining what it means to be a successful business and creating a positive change in the world.
How did we get here?
It’s been a long journey but very worthwhile. The process is rigorous to ensure companies meet B Corp’s high standards and the process has enabled us to improve many aspects of how we do business.
From our CEO and Founder Alison Michalk:
“B Corps believe that business can be a force for good – and that very much speaks to our culture and ethos at Quiip. As an employer, we have significant influence in our employees’ lives and that’s an opportunity I’ve enjoyed using as a positive force. We have radically flexible hours, we support personal and professional goals and we strive to have a low environmental impact while supporting a culture of giving back. Our B Corp certification further cements these beliefs and takes our focus and commitment to the next level.”
Certified B Corporations have scored over 80 on the B Impact Assessment and have agreed to a list of terms declaring we will consider other stakeholders. Being a B-Corp business means we have passed a rigorous assessment that takes into account our company’s governance, transparency, environmental and social impact.
“Together, B Corps redefine success in business by competing not to be the best in the world, but to be the best for the world.”
What being a B Corp means to us
We believe environmentally friendly practices need to happen at every level of a business. As part of a distributed company, our employees don’t need to commute to work. We don’t even have a head office. When we do need to meet with clients or get together for our semi-annual Quiipicon retreats all our flights are carbon offset, and we use public transport wherever possible.
We’re all about using social to drive positive change, and this is reflected in the clients we choose to work with. About 50% of our work is with non-profits or purpose-driven projects. Examples include campaigns to reduce gambling harm, improve the sexual health of young people, reduce domestic violence, improve road safety, encourage men to talk about suicide, decrease obesity levels and increase women’s participation in fitness.
It’s really important to us that our employees live rich, rounded lives, and we know that work is only one piece of that puzzle, so we embrace radical flexibility. We’re based all around the world, and our staff work wherever and whenever suits them – whether that’s at home, in a co-working space, or cafe. We support the health and wellbeing of our team with self-care activities, health and wellness bonuses, and a friendly weekly Fitbit challenge.
Supporting positive change goes beyond our own business practices. We always make an effort to partner with other B Corps, businesses owned by women, and ethical supply chain partners in everything from printing and catering to service providers.
We have a cross-subsidisation model in place to make sure our services are accessible to organisations that are doing good in the world. That’s just a complicated way of saying we offer well-needed discounts to non-profits! And the great work we do with our corporate clients supports us in doing so. We’re also getting ready to launch our pro-bono offering – watch this space!
Giving back is important. Each year we vote on the non-profits we feel most passionate about contributing to. This year we’re proud to support Sea Shepherd, Amnesty International, Plan, Unicef, Greenpeace and Charity:Water.