Ecover Belgium N.V.

Ecological washing and cleaning products

Malle, Antwerp

Belgium

www.ecover.com

About Ecover

Ecover is one of the largest producers of ecological washing and cleaning products in Europe. Founded over 35 years ago in Malle, Belgium, they were among the first to put phosphate free washing powder on the market. With a pioneering spirit, experience and clever science, Ecover has developed washing and cleaning products with plant-based and mineral ingredients that help consumers clean their homes with great efficiency and with minimal impact on our environment. Now these products are available in about 40 countries and Ecover's contribution to the environment has been recognised by Time Magazine and the United Nations Environment Programme.

Ecover believes in harnessing nature as a force for good. They are passionate about using sustainable ingredients to create brilliant cleaning products. All ingredients are chosen to ensure Ecover’s products are as effective as possible whilst also achieving the lowest possible toxicity and the most rapid and complete biodegradability. For example, Ecover has developed an ecological surfactant for use in their hard surface cleaners. An Eco-Surfactant is a plant based ingredient produced in a biological fermentation process rather than a chemical one. Their eco-surfactants are pH neutral so kind to the skin and clean as well as – or better than – leading conventional brands.

We became a B Corp because we believe businesses should go further and be restorative to society, the environment and our economy, sustainably producing products or services that improve the livelihoods of people and enhance our environment worldwide. Our B Corp rating gives us a great benchmark for continuous improvement and it’s important to us that the rating and our progress is available for all to see. As a B Corp we will continue in our mission to engage and inspire our peers, competitors and ourselves to do better, and help revolutionise the way modern day businesses do business.

The Change We Seek®

Ecover is not interested in simply being ‘less bad’, they are always looking to the future and coming up with ideas about how their products can do good in the world. For instance, Ecover wants to turn the tide on plastic endangering our seas and oceans, as well as creating the conditions for a systematic clean-up of the waste that’s already there. That is why Ecover last year created the Ocean Plastic Bottle, one of the first bottles ever made from waste plastic fished out of the ocean. Using 1 tonne of ocean plastic waste, Ecover was able to create bottles made from 100% recycled plastic, of which 10% was ocean plastic and we are continuing the project this year.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

April 2015
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Environment

Environment

The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.

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Workers

Workers

The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.

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Customers

Customers

The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).

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Community

Community

The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.

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Governance

Governance

The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

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Overall B Score
108
55

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Company Highlights: 

Workers: Employees receive >36 paid days off annually; Has established, formal, consistent process for providing annual performance feedback to all tenured employees, including career development, social and environmental goals, and a 360-degree feedback process

Community: Has formal, corporate citizenship program that includes cash and in-kind donations and volunteer & pro bono service; Banks with an independently owned bank

Environment: Uses company wide recovery and recycling program that includes paper, cardboard, plastic, glass and metal, and composting; >75% of water consumed is returned at the same or better quality than when it was diverted; Monitors and Records water and energy usage and has specific target reductions for each

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