Natural Pod is a Certified B Corporation
The Natural Pod team believes we can create better learning environments for all ages, while being deeply committed to people and the planet. There is great work to be done to be responsible stewards of our environment throughout our business, leading to a positive impact on the students and educators we support.
We’re delighted to share that in January 2023, Natural Pod became North America’s first commercial furniture company focused on the education industry to receive B Corporation Certification.
We believe that sustainability is a complex and wide-reaching term. “Being sustainable” is more than stamping certifications on product labels and marketing materials. We believe it’s about evaluating each thing we do, and asking ourselves, “Is this the best thing for the people and the planet? How could we do better?”
What does this certification mean for you? When partnering with Natural Pod to transform your learning space, you’re supporting business and people with shared values. You’re part of the change we hope to create by setting an example for how good business, meaningful relationships, and impactful learning spaces can exist in harmony.
“Certified B Corporations are leaders in the global movement for an inclusive, equitable, and regenerative economy. Unlike other certifications for businesses, B Lab is unique in our ability to measure a company’s entire social and environmental impact.” – B Lab
This mentality was our reason for seeking B Corporation Certification. Not for the logo usage rights, but for the high standards of performance, accountability, and transparency they incorporate into their certification process to measure social and environmental impact. This certification has challenged us to understand where we are, define where we want to go, and have a roadmap for how we can get there.
“Receiving the B Corp Certification is an accomplishment our team is proud to share with you; our community. Thank you for being part of this journey, by sharing values of supporting children and educators, and doing this great work of creating learning spaces that matter.”– Bridgitte Alomes, CEO + Founder of Natural Pod
Moving forward, this certification will be a reminder that we care all the way through the organization. That we’re here to make a difference.
This is our starting point, not our stopping point.
What does B Corp Certification mean to you as an educator and learning provider?
B Corp Certification is a designation that a business is meeting high standards of verified performance, accountability, and transparency on factors from employee benefits and charitable giving to supply chain practices and input materials. In order to achieve certification, a company must:
- Demonstrate high social and environmental performance by achieving a B Impact Assessment score of 80 or above and passing our risk review. Multinational corporations must also meet baseline requirement standards.
- Make a legal commitment by changing their corporate governance structure to be accountable to all stakeholders, not just shareholders, and achieve benefit corporation status if available in their jurisdiction.
- Exhibit transparency by allowing information about their performance measured against B Lab’s standards to be publicly available on their B Corp profile on B Lab’s website.
Learn more about B Corp Certification and the movement toward transforming the global economy.
Creating better learning environments for all ages,
while being deeply committed to people and the planet.
We’re better learning environments
Our goal is to create and support your vision of a better learning environment by offering quality, modular items that can easily adapt to your teaching and learning goals. As we enter a new era of learning where collaboration and cooperation drive innovation, education environments need to reflect this change.
Thoughtful, well-designed spaces invite new ways of interacting. By working with us to make meaningful choices, community stakeholders at all levels are beginning to create new education paradigms.
Our furniture and classroom designs support students in thriving in their work, play, and the ways they learn best. Our products encourage children to trust and discover their ideas, abilities and creativity by constructing an environment that supports active learning.
We work with educators to create beautiful, inspiring and calming learning environments.
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We acknowledge these lands
Natural Pod is working to restore our relationship with the natural world by making products with sustainably harvested and managed forest materials. We are also working to restore our relationship with the peoples and cultures upon whose lands we live, work and play. Our team and business are located within the traditional territories of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh speaking peoples in the area also known by its settler name, Burnaby, British Columbia (BC); the lək̓ʷəŋən, Songhees, Esquimalt, W̱SÁNEĆ speaking people in the area also known by its settler name as Victoria, BC; the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh speaking people in the area also known by its settler name as Vancouver, BC and the Hul’qumi’num and SENĆOŦEN speaking peoples of the Cowichan Valley and the Gulf Islands, BC. We acknowledge and honour that the historical relationship to the land and territories of these communities continues to this day. As a learning-service organization, we recognize that we have the responsibility to work towards truth and reconciliation.
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At Natural Pod™, our purpose is to ensure every learner and educator has a practical, healthy, sustainable environment in which to learn and be inspired, enabling them to reach their full potential. You can find all our news and stories here, where we share ideas and thinking that inspire our work to help inspire yours.
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