NOW is a certified B Corporation!

NOW is a certified B Corporation!
2017 BCorp Summer Summit. (L – R) NOW Wellbeing Advisor Jocelyn Pedersen, Laura Pethoud of Coninco, Nathan Gilbert of B Lab Europe and NOW Founder Alexa Poortier
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It is visible everywhere. Our world is facing a crisis of trust and the public confidence in business leaders, government and media “to do the right thing” continue to drop according to the biggest global survey of trust in 2017 by the Edelman Barometer which covered 28 countries and over 33,000 people.

There is a crisis of trust in our faith that society’s system will offer most of us a fair chance in life. A large number of people do not even trust the companies they work for. Most companies have a ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ page in their portal and some have moved on to talk about sustainability, but is a rigorous audit ever done and is this proof of sustainability performance available for the public to view? There is a lot of talk but transparency and accountability is harder to come by.

Can any profit-seeking company truly be the Best for the World? NOW believe that a profit-seeking company can help to save the world if they are purpose driven at the same time.

NOW is a for-profit technology platform with a purpose to help the hospitality industry we know and love to thrive. NOW raises the bar on sustainability, accountability and transparency and we will invite inspiring and responsible companies to join the NOW Force for Good Alliance, so travellers looking for a sustainable travel experience can find and support them.

NOW joined BCorp prior to launching itmustbeNOW.com and we became a Certified B Corporation last month as we celebrated our 5th month! You can see it here.

For those of you who don’t know, Certified B Corporations are leaders of a global movement of people using business as a force for good and aspire to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Certified B Corporations are leading a global movement to redefine success in business, not to be the best in the world, but to be the best for the world. That sounds like our kind of thinking!

Not only do we need a new way of doing business to gain back customer trust and confidence, we need everyone to be empowered to scrutinize, ask questions, demand change when needed and only support companies who deserve our trust. The positive news is that we are seeing more businesses that have found their voices as a force for good and morality, for evidence-based decision making and actions, for accountability and transparency, for integrity and common decency. And we are seeing more empowered people demanding honesty, transparency, accountability and competence.

An insightful millennial once told me that the Gen Y&Z generation is super skeptical and it’s all good. That trust – or, too often, the lack of it – is one of the big issues of our time and it must be earned. That the public is the ultimate influencer and must be informed, inspired and empowered to vote with their wallets to drive the change.

It must be NOW.

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Alexa Poortier

Founder – NOW

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K K Tse says:

I am excited to learn about your organization which aspires to transform the hospitality industry into a force for good.

It resonates with me deeply for a number of reasons.

First, I do care about the sustainability of our planet, the human race and future generations.

Second, my for-profit company, Education for Good, is also a certified B Corp (indeed, we are the first certified B Corp in Hong Kong).

Third, I am working with a number of civil society organizations to embark on a huge undertaking: transforming the tourism industry in Hong Kong as a force for good. Very challenging but vitally important.

Finally, I have the same strong sense of urgency as you are. We can’t wait. it must be NOW!

In the coming months, I will be sharing my vision and practical actions of this big dream in your Forum. I look forward to hearing your feedback and contributions to making it a success. This is not just a polite request. I truly believe that enlightened travellers like you and the readers of this Forum could contribute ideas, inspirations, critique, encouragement, support, etc. to places that you travel and love. In 2016, HK had a total of 56,467,000 visitors; that is a huge number for a city with a 7 million population. There is so much we could do here and whatever success we might have could make an impact on the world.

Once again, let me share my appreciation for your effort in setting up this unique platform. Now is the time for concerted effort and collective impact.

Do you care about sustainability? Please leave a reply here or on NOW Forum.