A little bit about a big milestone.
Within months of launching, we have become a Certified B Corporation. To achieve the certification, businesses must meet the highest social, environmental, transparency and accountability standards, with only 82 businesses in NZ gaining the accreditation to date.
Orba co-founder and sustainability manager Gillian Boucher says the certification process was extremely rigorous, with an impact assessment including over 200 questions on governance, workers, community, environment and customers.
“The responses to these questions determine the areas in which a business has the greatest positive impacts, and the results are third-party verified to ensure transparency and reliability.”
“The minimum score required is 80 points, with the average for NZ companies being 81. Orba scored 85.9 points, which is outstanding for a start-up, and we are absolutely thrilled.”
By becoming a certified B Corporation, we are making a public commitment to our customers that we have the highest standards when it comes to sustainable business practices, making positive social and environmental impacts with every pair of Orba shoes that are made.
We're joining a small but thriving community of Certified B-Corp companies in NZ, including names such as Kathmandu and Ecostore, that put sustainability at the core of their business.
Read more about our B-Corp certification and development goals or learn about the benefits of our antimicrobial footbeds here.