Better Places

Certified B Corporation
Headquarters

Zuid-Holland, Netherlands The

Certified Since

May 2018

Industry

Travel agency & related

Sector

Service with Minor Environmental Footprint

Operates In

Germany,

Netherlands The

Better Places mission is to create better places for people to live in and better places for people to visit. They are committed to making a social impact above making a profit. Founded in 2014, their global network currently incorporates some 40 destinations and many more communities whom they seek to benefit through local employment and direct interaction with travellers. Their trips encourage travellers to respectfully connect with locals, tread lightly on the environment and spread the economic impacts of their travels as widely as possible. Their trips provide their customers with exceptional, intimate experiences of the destination through small-scale tourism, with opportunities for staying in homestays or family-run accommodation; excursions to meet local people whilst supporting community and/or Fairtrade projects, and learning first-hand about local culture, heritage, fauna and flora knowledge from experienced local guides. They give preference to local and sustainable/Fair Trade suppliers; they have a written policy giving preference to female-owned suppliers; they donate 10% of their annual net profit to intitiatives that make the world a bit better. They offset 100% of GHG emissions generated from trips; they encourage clients to book the least polluting trips through measuring and comparing whole trip and international flight CO2 emissions; they encourage clients to use fewer single-use plastic bottles. It is their aim to go completely single-use plastic bottle free on all of their trips by the end of 2019.

Overall B Impact Score

Based on the B Impact assessment, Better Places earned an overall score of 84.9. The median score for ordinary businesses who complete the assessment is currently 50.9.
84.9
84.9 Overall B Impact Score
80 Qualifies for B Corp Certification
50.9 Median Score for Ordinary Businesses

Governance 14.3

The Governance Impact Area evaluates a company's overall mission, engagement around its social and 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 & Engagement2.0
Corporate Accountability0.0
Transparency4.8
+ Mission Locked7.5

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 27.0

The Workers Impact Area evaluates a company's contributions to its employees' financial security, health and safety, wellness, career development, as well as overall engagement and 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.

Compensation & Wages7.2
Benefits12.6
Training & Education1.7
Worker Ownership1.3
Management & Worker Communication4.1

Community 31.5

The Community Impact Area evaluates a company's engagement with and impact on the communities in which it operates, hires from, and sources from. Topics include diversity, equity, and 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.

Job Creation2.4
Diversity & Inclusion5.0
Civic Engagement & Giving6.7
Local Involvement9.3
Suppliers, Distributors & Product8.0

Environment 11.2

The Environment Impact Area 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.

Land, Office, Plant4.9
Inputs2.5
Outputs2.0
+ Environment Products & Services Introduction0
+ Environmental Education & Information1.6

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.


Customers 0.8

The Customers Impact Area 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 and media products, serving underserved customers or clients, and services that improve the social impact of other businesses or organizations.

+ Health & Wellness Improvement0.2
+ Arts, Media, & Culture0.6
+ Serving in Need Populations0

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.



Previous Overall B Impact Scores

2018 Overall B Impact Score84.9

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