Moorhouse Consulting becomes latest B Corp certified advisory firm

13 September 2023 3 min. read
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After passing a rigorous evaluation process, Moorhouse Consulting has become the latest consulting firm to join the B Corp movement. Certification as a B Corp sees the firm take its place among a select group of companies, looking to prioritise purpose alongside profit.

Moorhouse Consulting Managing Partner, Richard Brackstone commented, “At Moorhouse we care about making positive and sustainable change to our immediate and wider world. B Corp certification is a rigorous process and achieving it reflects our ongoing work to ‘walk the walk’, integrating sustainability into who we are and how we engage with our people and clients, from ethical governance practices to fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce.”

Established in 2004, Moorhouse is a transformation consultancy which works to deliver complex transformational projects. Since its purchase by Expleo Group (formerly Software Quality Systems) in 2018, the firm has been looking to ramp up its operations in the UK with a number of senior hires. However, the firm’s B Corp status also shows that it values the health of society and the planet alongside its potential for expansion.

Moorhouse Consulting becomes latest BCorp certified advisory firm

The B Corp certification addresses the entirety of a business’ operations and covers five key impact areas of: governance; workers, community, environment and customers. The certification process sees applicants required to reach a threshold score of over 80 while providing evidence of socially and environmentally responsible practices relating to energy supplies, waste and water use, worker compensation, diversity and corporate transparency. While the median score for businesses completing the B impact assessment is 50.9, Moorhouse scored 94.2.

To complete the certification so successfully, Moorhouse legally embedded its commitment to purpose beyond profit in its company articles of association. Meanwhile, it has continued to work hard to support positive causes via its work with assisting energy and utilities suppliers in reinforcing their controls to protect vulnerable customers around pre-payment meters. And the company also works with charity partners to create real world change – in 2023 alone it has delivered pro-bono work with charity partner Power2, the refugee charity, Reset UK and Citizens Advice on supporting people through the cost-of-living crisis.

Chris Turner, Executive Director of B Lab UK, said, “We are delighted to welcome Moorhouse to the B Corp community. This is a movement of companies who are committed to changing how business operates and believe business really can be a force for good. We know that Moorhouse are going to be a fantastic addition to the community and will continue driving the conversation forward.”

B Corp movement

B Lab is a non-profit network transforming, aiming at shifting the global economy to put people, communities and the planet before profit. It certifies companies as ‘B Corporations’, with only businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability making the grade.

The industry’s B Corp cohort has been steadily growing, alongside consumer expectations for serious ESG commitments from companies they spend money on. Along with Moorhouse, recently MagneticBIP and 4C Associates also passed the strict criteria to gain B Corp status.

Once a company becomes a B Corp, however, it must update its certification repeatedly, to prove it still upholds the standards of the movement. UK consultancy twentyfifty just completed its second three-year re-evaluation to maintain B Corp status, having first gained it in 2017.