#3 Community good
We talk about our work a fair bit through our blog and on social media. We don’t do it to brag (we’re far from perfect, anyway!), but because if sharing our journey inspires just one other individual or company to walk a slightly more ethical path, then that’s a brilliant result. It’s also a great way to push our commitment to openness and transparency.
- 5 small steps to becoming a more conscious business
- 5 bigger steps to becoming a more conscious business
- We became a B Corp to audit our ethics
- Thinking of becoming a B Corp? Here’s how we did it
- Switching to an ethical bank
- 2019 Annual Impact report
Documents and templates
- About B Corp presentation for you to talk your company through as well as a list of FAQs.
- Our company constitution,
- sourcing good suppliers
- preferred supplier list.
- Client survey.
Over the past year, we’ve reached 120,000 people with our content on business including 4,416 visitors to our website and our combined reach on LinkedIn and Facebook was 500,000. We’ve received direct feedback from four businesses – including WhyHive – who’ve taken inspiration from our content, and we like to think there are more who it’s helped in some way, big or small.
“Harvey’s process formed the foundation for our research into building an ethics framework of our own, which we started implementing and iterating in early 2021. ”
– Tess Guthrie, CEO/Founder of WhyHive
For us, community starts with our suppliers and partners. Wherever possible, we use local (to us!) service providers and do our best to work with businesses that are owned and run by under-represented groups in the business space.
We also do what we can to utilise and work with B Corps (and B Corp-aspirational) companies. We’re proud to bank with Bank Australia – Australia’s leading responsible bank – for our business (and personal) banking, and use Verve Super for our superannuation.
We worked with...
- Next&Co (Previously GMG Digital) - Digital
- Paper Giant - User Experience Design
- Shadow Boxer - Branding
- James Cook - Branding & Design
- Katie Ford - Illustration & Design
- Compass - PR
- Fancy Films - Video & Content
- Hot Glue - Creative & Media
- Calibre 9 - SEO
- Wesley Roddericks - Shopify
- Ashe Davenport - Copywriter
- Good & Proper - Copywriting & Communications
Personally we bought from…
It’s quite amazing what you can find on Facebook Marketplace! It’s become our go-to search before buying new.
- Power - Powershop
- Telco - Goodtel
- Finance - Bank Australia & Verve
- Carbon offset - Go Neutral
- Printing - Print Together
Fashion, Home & Beauty
- Bumi Organic linen
- TOMS shoes
- Kester Black
- Tri Nature
- Koala Eco
- Green & Kind
- Zero Co
Food and drink
- Jasper Coffee
- Pukka Tea, T2 & Love Tea
- Uniquo wine
- Stone & Wood
- Free to Feed
- Hey Tiger & Alter Eco chocolate
- Victoria’s Farmers Markets
- Flora and fauna
- One Eco Step
- Pure Baby
- Cloth nappies - Eco Naps, Baby Bee Hinds, Grovia
- Cheeky cloth wipes
- Good Bubs
- Whole Kids
Breakdown of where we spent in 2020 vs. 2019
Choosing community-focused clients
As we’ve already mentioned, we have a pretty rigorous process when it comes to choosing who we do and don’t work with. And these decisions have an impact even on our idea of community. By supporting other businesses that we know are also taking great strides to enrich and empower their communities – like One Roof and Bank Australia – we can amplify our impact through them (which we think is pretty cool).
No (bad) days off!
As much as we love a day off, we choose not to celebrate Australia Day and the Melbourne Cup public holidays. As far as we’re concerned, neither of those days are cause for celebration. Instead we work, and we donate our wage for those days to causes that are helping move the needle on issues that are pertinent to both Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander justice, and animal welfare in Australia like Little Oaks Sanctuary.
The six areas of this report
Let’s take a look back at the year that was (before wrapping up with some of our goals and intention-setting for 2021).
This is a pretty long article, so we've created an executive summary version here, including a summary of each section.
To keep things simple, we’ve broken this report up into six parts, that speak to six areas that were particularly important to us this past year: