B Corps are a growing movement of over 4000 companies around the world. We are using the power of business as a force for good. To become a B Corp, a company needs to meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.
As a Certified B Corp since 2014, MaCher commits to positively impact all stakeholders in our business. Strengthening the interconnections between our workers, communities, customers, suppliers and our planet, creates all the value in what we do.
Now in B Corp month, we wanted to share some of our stakeholder stories.
Every year, approximately 121 million tons of waste end up in U.S. landfills (29.2m tons of that is plastic). At the same time, the United Nations has determined that every year, 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in the oceans and has predicted that by 2050, that unless we stop our use of single use plastics, there will be more plastic waste than fish in the sea.
Our commitment to UN Sustainable Development Goal 12, Responsible Production and Consumption, extends to identifying and championing circular solutions in the products we make.
Making Better Toys
We were thrilled when the immersive art experience and fellow B Corp, Meow Wolf asked for our help in improving the sustainability of their plush toys. We’ve helped them move away from using virgin materials. Their latest imaginative creations are all made using 100% recycled materials.
To create the scalable change needed to reduce waste, we need all stakeholders to be open to new approaches. This change needs to involve the whole system. That includes educating our manufacturing partners, working on innovative design, and informing clients of alternative material or product options.
Consumers want sustainable products
Fortunately, our research (conducted jointly with another B Corp, Compose[d]), shows that consumers are ready to follow us on this journey:
- 84% of US adults say it is important to buy sustainable products
- 64% of US adults would rather use products made from recycled materials than those made from new/virgin materials
- 1 in 3 adult consumers say they’ve stopped buying one or more brands after learning that the company’s practices and values didn’t match their own.