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This past year has been anything but ordinary
We're turning one as a business in February. Yay! This means we can officially apply to certify as a B Corporation once we hit 12 months. Today we're sharing the results of our first year in business.
We know our impact is small in the grand scheme of things, but it’s important to us that we do our bit to help create a fairer, more sustainable and more equitable society in whatever way we can.
Over the course of 2020, we helped more conscious businesses grow. And that’s really what this is all about for us. To be able to play even a small role in helping ethically minded businesses connect their messages, products and services to more Australians gets us out of bed in the morning (if Margie hasn’t already, that is!).
Our mission is to unlock the potential of the new economy to leave behind a better world. At all times, we primarily work with companies who are helping move the needle on some of the pressing issues of our time through their work – either directly or indirectly. Importantly, we don’t work with organisations who are being destructive.
Governance and Team
‘Good’ is baked into our constitution (yum!) from our governance, to the team we never meant to build we show up every day for equality and wellness.
We’re acutely aware of the fact that Harvey doesn’t exist in a vacuum. And even though we may be small, our operations and decisions can have a direct impact on our immediate (and extended) communities. So we strive, at all times, to enrich the community in which we operate.
It goes without saying that the climate crisis is the biggest issue facing our species right now. Since day one, it’s been important to us to use Harvey as a tool for funnelling essential funds towards initiatives that are helping find solutions. Our contribution might be small in the grand scheme of things, but it means a lot to us to know that we’re trying our best.
Now that we’re a B Corp, we want to utilise the B Corp framework to help Harvey grow and thrive in a way that helps our planet and the people who inhabit it. As such, we’ve mapped our 2021 goals against the five pillars of B Corp assessment.
What did this look like IRL in 2021-22? To be honest, the last 12 months were a heady mix of highlights and progress, alongside moments where we didn’t quite meet our expectations.
Our mission is to unlock the potential of the new economy to leave behind a better world. This past 12 months, we took the time to breakdown what this means to us in detail.
We were recognised in B Corp’s ‘Best for the World’ lists for our impact in Community, which means scoring in the top 5% of the global community.
Harvey has gone from leaps to bounds since our backflip last year on not building a bigger team. In addition to the strong and lean crew of Becky, Simon, Sarah and Rachel, we’ve had Ezra, Gillian and a growing list of experts who provide support.
Since day one, it’s been important that we use Harvey as a tool for funnelling essential funds towards initiatives that help find solutions.
There were no major changes to our governance in 21/22 and we’ll continue to maintain our current governance and ownership set up
We want to improve our impact; optimise time spent on clients; deliver greater value and growth for clients; prepare for B Corp recertification
In terms of our 2023-24 goals, we aren’t making any crazy changes to our 2022-23 goals. We missed some, could improve in others, and are happy if we achieve the rest.
Governance to us means operating fairly and squarely as an impact business. We will continue to challenge ourselves sharing transparently with our team, clients and anyone who is interested.
Climate continues to keep us up at night. It’s why we choose to work with organisations with climate action at its sole purpose, do what we can in our operations to reduce our carbon footprint and continue to advocate and create change through ESG consulting with The Business Pickle. An area where we dropped the ball is our donation to climate this year due to our financial position.
We did a call to arms this year for businesses to pledge to audit their suppliers and how they’re impacting the communities they operate in. We fell short of our goal to formalise a RAP plan and took the first step in cultural training with Evolve Communities.
We’ve continued to put a focus on building an open and empowering culture while challenging each other to keep growing as people and doers by grasping and maximising learning opportunities. We’ve refined our values, formalised policies and procedures and put plans in place for moderate growth.
We remained committed to our purpose to unlock the potential of the new economy through the types of clients and work we do to help them grow. We met our targets for impact level discounting, marinated a strong value for money and client satisfaction but dropped a little on revenue.
Did we achieve our goals? Yes, sorta and no. We’ve used a traffic light system to report on the goals we set from last year, we’re pleased to report we’re green on most things. One big one we dropped was our donation.
The fourth year in business brought clarity and refinement of our services and our impact and value in the world. But we dropped the ball with our donation. One thing that's solidified is our commitment to continuing to show up honestly. It's a never ending learning and improvement journey.
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