The 12th of May, 2023 was an evening to remember! B Corps from all across Europe and the globe, and friends of the B Corp movement gathered at an iconic venue in Amsterdam – the NEMO Science Museum – to celebrate an extraordinary milestone: 10 years of B Lab Europe and the European B Corp movement.
In the words of former Executive Director of B Lab Europe, Katie Hill: “My toast goes to the present movers and shakers, coordinators and community makers of our European community. With you, everything seems possible, positive, and pleasurable. if you want to change the world, you have to throw a better party than those who want to keep it as it is. And this is certainly the party to be at!”
Members of the B Corp movement celebrating 10 years of impact (Photo: Leandro Bistolfi)
Gathering at the NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam, we celebrated 10 years of demonstrating there’s a better way to do business. 10 years of championing the spirit of interdependence across the continent. 10 years of collaborations big and small, from partnerships to coalitions. 10 years of advocating for stakeholder governance, and three countries across Europe who now recognize benefit corporations. 10 years of building a community of over 100,000 people using business as a force for good.
Overview of the B Corp community in Europe (Date: May 2023)
A special milestone calls for a special celebration. Therefore, Amsterdam’s Science Museum opened its doors to the B Corp community and friends of the movement exclusively after-hours for an unforgettable evening full of highlights:
Over the last decade, the B Corp movement in Europe has been leading the way in showing how companies can look beyond profits to benefit people and the planet. In the future, businesses will continue to have a pivotal role to play in addressing the world’s most pressing challenges and have both the opportunity and the responsibility to use business as a force for good. The B Corp movement is committed to leading this change.
At the event’s ‘Impact Corner’ provided by Certified B Corp Pixelis, we asked leaders and changemakers of B Corps from all across Europe how they envision the next ten years:
– Lina Ruiz, Director of Social Responsibility at WeTransfer
– Janneke Wagner, Head of Sustainability at Swapfiets
– Catarina Maltez, Senior Risk, Incentives and Sustainability Associate at Code For All
Hear more B Corp voices from our mini-interview series at the event’s impact corner:
As with business and our mission to transform the economic system for the better, celebrations are not possible without amazing partners. Meet the incredible B Corps and friend organizations that supported us at the B Corp Festival and made bringing together B Corps and change-makers from all across Europe possible! B for Good Leaders, SKANDINAVISK, Lighthouse, Made with Maude, Imagine5, Strong Roots, Treedom, Misteli, Tony’s Chocolonely, Willicroft, Bonduelle, Reflect Studio, Pixelis, Avallen Spirits, Ramborn Cider Co., Moyee Coffee, BOSKA Food Tools, Merchery, CrowdFarming, Creatives for Climate