The way we do things at Belazu doesn’t always make sense. To this day we still hand mix our olives, rather than using a machine that could damage them. We make small batch Pestos with fresh basil that is grown under the Italian sunshine, not basil that is grown in polytunnels. Our quest for the best flavour, ingredients and suppliers means we don’t always take the simplest, or cheapest option, which can seem at odds with a traditional business mentality.
What does make sense to us is that business can be used as a force for good. From the moment our co-founder George came back across the channel with a van full of olives and big dreams, sustainability and social engagement have always been weaved into our business goals. So, it is with much excitement that we have joined the B-Corp™ community as a company who meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance.
We work together with our community of suppliers, customers, employees, and wider partners to accomplish our CSR goals. We launched our new Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, ‘The Journey Matters’, to give our sustainability program a more goal-driven focus. Product, Planet, and People are the three core pillars of the initiative. We also founded the Belazu Foundation, a charity whose goal is to support food and educational projects for children and young people in the UK and the Mediterranean. Applying to become a B-Corp™ was the next logical step in our sustainability journey.
We went through a rigorous certification process to become a B-Corp™, an important process that shows we are doing what we say. You can see our scores for each individual section below:
Our new certification means we are now part of a community of over 3,800 certified B-Corps™. We’ve always valued working with other like-minded businesses and are excited to continue working towards more ambitious goals that help us reach the highest standards of social and environmental performance. As proud of what we have achieved so far, we are also aware we have a lot more to accomplish while contributing to a more sustainable future for all.
If you want to certify for B-Corp™ or to find out more about our CSR plans, please contact Linde@belazu.com.