We’re a Certified B Corp
In August 2022, Courtney Agencies became a Certified B Corporation – currently the only Customs Broker in the B Corp community.
Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet specified standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.
Courtney is living its commitment to conducting business with a social purpose and in a responsible, sustainable manner. We’re a for-profit, primarily business-to-business, company that believes that the value of our work can be more than simply delivering services for customers; we can be a force for good.
To become certified as a B Corp, a company undertakes a comprehensive review of their business practises, and measures their impact across five categories: Governance, Workers, Community, Environment and Customers. The results are audited by the “B Lab.”
To certify, a company must receive a score of no less than 80 of 200. It is a high bar, and most companies achieve a score in the low 50s. For context, the exemplary Patagonia scores just over 150.
Before knowing that we even wanted to be a B Corp, Courtney had been working on baselining and setting goals to address our operational impact, as well as to put in place the People practices of a responsible employer. Because of the early effort, Courtney scored 86.1 in its first application.
We have more to do, and we use the B Corp criteria as the standard to gauge our business goals and practices. It is a holistic way of looking at positive business impact and helps guide our decision-making in operations, services, clients, employment practices and community investment.
Courtney joins almost 6000 companies worldwide – and is one of just over 400 B Corps in Canada [at October 2022]. We enthusiastically encourage our clients, partners, suppliers and friends to consider taking this worthy journey. Visit www.bcorporation.net.
View this short video to learn more about this important global movement:
We’re a recognized BC Living Wage Employer
In 2021, Courtney was certified as a BC Living Wage Family Employer – the first Licensed Customs Brokerage to do so.
A Living Wage is 35% higher than BC’s minimum wage and reflects the actual minimum needed to live in Canada’s most expensive city.
At Courtney, we focus on improving entry-level staff wages quickly and provide benefits and savings plans to support financial sustainability for all our staff.