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Becoming a B-Corporation

As some of the world's biggest polluters, businesses have to do their part to build a sustainable future. Here at Ekster, our mission is simple; we're in the business of making people's daily lives better. We design time-saving carry goods that change the way you carry with a planet-over-profit business model that aims to drive positive change. That's why, in 2022, we are working to attain a B-Corp Certification for our business, to make a long-term commitment to sustainability and making the world a better place.

 

What is a B-corp? 


There are many who believe, as economist Milton Friedman famously said, that profit is a company’s only purpose. Well, we’ve seen what this approach has led to: environmental devastation, terrible working conditions, and massive income inequality. But the non-profit organization called B Lab has devised a way to help push industries forward. Certified B Corporations form a global community that is working to accelerate a societal shift towards a new type of business. One that sees social responsibility to people and the planet as being at the core of a company’s purpose.

 

“B Corp Certification is the only certification that measures a company’s entire social and environmental performance.”


B-Corp Certifications ensure that:

  • Companies are being constantly evaluated for their impact on employees, environment, community and customers using the B Impact Assessment
  • Companies are adhering to the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance
  • Companies have adjusted their legal structures to balance profit and purpose, not serving only shareholders 
  • Companies maintain complete transparency in operations from supply chain to customer
  • Companies can be trusted on claims of working towards the greater good

 

[Pictured above: Inside one of ECCO's factories where the sustainable DriTan Leather for our goods is made.]

 

What does it mean to be a B-corp?


B Corporations function on the premise that collectively, we have the power to create the future we want to live in.

 

All B Corporations adhere to these beliefs:

  • That we must be the change we seek in the world.
  • That all business ought to be conducted as if people and place mattered.
  • That, through their products, practices, and profits, businesses should aspire to do no harm and benefit all.
  • To do so requires that we act with the understanding that we are each dependent upon another and thus responsible for each other and future generations.

(from B Corp Declaration of Interdependence)

 

Living Up to Expectations - Becoming a B-Corp

Sustainability

As a business, we are responsible for the emissions created by producing and delivering our products to our customers. After working with Climate Neutral to offset our carbon emissions in 2020, we are now focusing our attention on optimizing sustainability within our Production and Supply Chain.
We are already utilizing revolutionary materials, like our ultra-advanced solar panel tracker cards, and we are committed to continuing our efforts to use the most sustainable methods and materials, all while maintaining the quality of our products.

 

[Pictured above: The Recycled Edition of The Parliament Wallet, using vegan leather made from recycled car windshields.] 

 

Inclusivity

Ekster welcomes, cherishes and admires people from all walks of life, regardless of religion, gender, sexuality, race or any other social strata. We understand that inclusivity isn’t just necessary but beneficial, offering us new understandings and ideas that add immense value to our business. 


Social Responsibility

Perhaps most importantly, we see our purpose as a business not to amass profit for those at the top, but to make the world a better place for everyone. We try to offer a range of products that are attainable to people from different financial backgrounds, share any technological breakthroughs with others in our industry, and include more than just shareholders in our financial success. 

 

[Pictured above from left to right: The Tracker Card and Parliament Wallet]

 

For too long, corporations have gone unchecked by the government, who often leave businesses to regulate themselves. We realize that businesses need a guiding force and someone to hold them accountable to the promises they make. If we can achieve our B-Corp Certification, we will join a community willing to commit to constant evaluation in order to push our economy forward as a whole, making ethical business the standard, not the exception.

 

ABOUT EKSTER


Here at Ekster, we're in the business of making your life easier.

We started with upgrading the traditional leather wallet, making it easier to use and harder to lose. Now, we're taking on the rest of your essentials to make each day easier for you.

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