Are you considering applying for B Corp certification? As the world’s leading ethical and social responsibility certification – it’s something seriously worth considering. Being a B Corp can mean that your customers, employees and suppliers may prefer you over others – and it also means that everyone understands your values, and what you stand for. But how do you get the certification? Is it worth the effort and hype? What are the pros and cons? How much time, money and effort is really required?
Enter Jen Gearing – a B Corp specialist (and fellow Launcher) whose mission is to make the world more sustainable in every way. Jen helps teams navigate through the B Corp process and helps small businesses get certified. Jen is going to share with us everything about B Corp, and help you decide whether it’s right for you in your business.
We also have Prisca Lim, COO of B Lab Singapore, joining the session to support Jen and answer all your burning questions on the topic.
B Corp Consultant
Jen is a conscious consumer who believes it’s never too late to start anything and her view of a sustainable life is a balance between doing what’s right socially and environmentally, challenging herself to do what’s not always easy and getting into the flow doing what feels good. (Put simply…treating others the way they want to be treated, reducing, recycling, reusing, running a marathon to raise money for charity and spending time with friends and family!)
Currently living between Kuala Lumpur and the beaches on the Sunshine Coast, Australia, Jen has a background in corporate insurance and finance, small business admin and consultancy and more recently in Asia, startup turned global unicorn. In her 20+ years of corporate transformation projects, Jen has seen her fair share of restructures, redundancies and revenue targets.
Jen saw the need to make more of an effort towards recognising long-term benefits for business so they can thrive in challenging times. In June 2022, Jen started Rejenerate, a small business helping other small business navigate the B Corp certification process from start to finish. She still maintains a small presence in the corporate world and gently combines big business process with small business agility.
A mother of 2 boys aged 20 and 16; Jen is a keen runner, scuba diver and enjoys a long lunch on the weekends.
COO, B Lab Singapore
Prisca has worked with purpose- and impact-driven businesses for over a decade, with the firm belief that businesses act in the interests of its community and planet.
She was part of the team that established the social entrepreneurship programme under the National University of Singapore’s entrepreneurship centre. In addition to promoting social entrepreneurship in NUS and regionally, she facilitated the incubation of social enterprise start-ups.
After NUS, Prisca joined two social enterprises–working on branding and marketing with a textile weaving fair trade organisation in Cambodia, and after a sustainability-focused cafe and retail store in Singapore, working with a wonderful team of individuals with diverse conditions and abilities.
She is now Chief Operating Officer at B Lab Singapore, a global network that works to build a more inclusive, equitable, and regenerative economic system for all people and the planet, through a movement of companies certified as B Corps.
1) How to get the B Corp certification.
2) The pros and cons of B Corp certification.
3) How much time, effort and money is required.