Akaroa Dolphins Ltd

Certified B Corporation

Canterbury Region, New Zealand

Certified Since

August 2023


Other recreation


Service with Significant Environmental Footprint

Operates In

New Zealand

Akaroa Dolphins is a local, family-owned and operated business that offers 2-hour nature cruises. The key attractions of their cruises include the opportunity to see the rare Hector's dolphins, New Zealand fur seals, White-flippered penguins (a unique penguin species), seabirds, impressive sea caves, and volcanic formations. They go the extra mile to ensure a memorable experience for their guests. Focusing on the little touches, they provide home-baked treats, complimentary drinks, cosy jackets for warmth, a welcoming crew, and friendly dolphin-spotting dogs. These special touches are often praised by guests after the cruise. The company is dedicated to delivering an authentic, intimate, and luxurious harbour nature cruise, all while maintaining a strong commitment to environmental protection and supporting the local community.

Overall B Impact Score

Based on the B Impact assessment, Akaroa Dolphins Ltd earned an overall score of 82.5. The median score for ordinary businesses who complete the assessment is currently 50.9.
82.5 Overall B Impact Score
80 Qualifies for B Corp Certification
50.9 Median Score for Ordinary Businesses

Governance 16.5

Governance evaluates a company's overall mission, engagement around its social/environmental impact, ethics, and transparency. This section also evaluates the ability of a company to protect their mission and formally consider stakeholders in decision making through their corporate structure (e.g. benefit corporation) or corporate governing documents.

Mission & Engagement3.4
Ethics & Transparency3.0
+ Mission Locked10

What is this? A company with an Impact Business Model is intentionally designed to create a specific positive outcome for one of its stakeholders - such as workers, community, environment, or customers.

Workers 26.5

Workers evaluates a company’s contributions to its employees’ financial security, health & safety, wellness, career development, and engagement & satisfaction. In addition, this section recognizes business models designed to benefit workers, such as companies that are at least 40% owned by non-executive employees and those that have workforce development programs to support individuals with barriers to employment.

Financial Security7.9
Health, Wellness, & Safety6.8
Career Development3.9
Engagement & Satisfaction6.4

Community 20.7

Community evaluates a company’s engagement with and impact on the communities in which it operates, hires from, and sources from. Topics include diversity, equity & inclusion, economic impact, civic engagement, charitable giving, and supply chain management. In addition, this section recognizes business models that are designed to address specific community-oriented problems, such as poverty alleviation through fair trade sourcing or distribution via microenterprises, producer cooperative models, locally focused economic development, and formal charitable giving commitments.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion2.4
Economic Impact6.8
Civic Engagement & Giving3.9
Supply Chain Management4.1

Environment 16.4

Environment evaluates a company’s overall environmental management practices as well as its impact on the air, climate, water, land, and biodiversity. This includes the direct impact of a company’s operations and, when applicable its supply chain and distribution channels. This section also recognizes companies with environmentally innovative production processes and those that sell products or services that have a positive environmental impact. Some examples might include products and services that create renewable energy, reduce consumption or waste, conserve land or wildlife, provide less toxic alternatives to the market, or educate people about environmental problems.

Environmental Management3.7
Air & Climate6.8
Land & Life2.8

Customers 2.1

Customers evaluates a company’s stewardship of its customers through the quality of its products and services, ethical marketing, data privacy and security, and feedback channels. In addition, this section recognizes products or services that are designed to address a particular social problem for or through its customers, such as health or educational products, arts & media products, serving underserved customers/clients, and services that improve the social impact of other businesses or organizations.

Customer Stewardship2.1

Previous Overall B Impact Scores

2023 Overall B Impact Score82.5

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