Campbell Tickell joins the global B-Corp community

22 September 2023 Consultancy.uk 3 min. read
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Management and recruitment consultancy Campbell Tickell has become the latest member of the industry to secure B Corp status. The certification is a framework for operating a business with consideration for all stakeholders – employees, communities, the planet and shareholders alike.

Commenting on achieving certification, James Tickell, one of Campbell Tickell’s founding partners, noted, “I think Campbell Tickell’s values aligned with B Corp certification before we’d heard of the term. It’s great now to have the recognition for our amazing team that certification brings, after a truly rigorous verification process”.

B Corporations (or B Corps) are companies that meet high standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. The process of certification is overseen by B Lab, a non-profit network which discerns whether companies meet its discerning standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability.

Campbell Tickell joins the global B-Corp community

While Campbell Tickell is a commercial business, a release from the firm states its impact on broader society has been “central to the company’s mission and values from day one”. This has informed the consultancy’s mission to support its clients’ excellence in governance, resilience, performance, and compliance.

The firm sees its new B Corp status as “underlining the company’s commitment to use business as a force for good”. Its certification “aligns with the company’s belief that its operations should bring benefit not just to shareholders, but all stakeholders: a belief shared by many of the public sector organisations Campbell Tickell supports.”

Campbell Tickell was recognised as one of the top consulting firms in Consultancy UK’s top consulting firms 2023 guide. It ranked as a gold-standard firm in the local government and non-profit space, as well as ranking silver for public safety.

Campbell Tickell Director Ceri Victory-Rowe also remarked, “We found going through the process itself very valuable – it made us revisit how we do things, and thoroughly test whether we truly reflect our values in how we work. It was rewarding to realise all over again what a committed and ethical bunch of people we work with. And on a more practical level, the process prompted us to do some housekeeping, updating documents and so on – so we know our house is in even better order going forwards.”

The consulting industry’s B Corp cohort has been steadily growing, alongside consumer expectations for serious ESG commitments from companies they spend money on. Along with Campbell Tickell, Moorhouse and Magnetic also recently 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.