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Tax Traders’ journey towards B Corp status

Crombie Lockwood’s client, Tax Traders, recently achieved B Corp Certification. Success in the rigorous social and environmental responsibility certification process underlines the values the two companies share.

The number of New Zealand businesses achieving recognition as Certified B Corporations (B Corps) is on the rise. One such business is Tax Traders, a New Zealand-based tax pooling intermediary and Crombie Lockwood client whose certification shows its commitment to social and environmental responsibility.

For businesses in New Zealand, pursuing certifications such as B Corp can provide many benefits.

These include the ability for certified businesses to differentiate themselves from their competitors, demonstrate their commitment to social and environmental responsibility to stakeholders and provide a framework for continuous improvement.

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Certified sustainable

In a world where consumers and investors are increasingly looking for businesses that are committed to social and environmental responsibility, sustainability certifications can help businesses stand out from the crowd.

B Corp Certification is one of the most rigorous certifications a business can undertake. Certification involves measuring a company's entire social and environmental performance, including how its operations and business model impact its workers, community, the environment, and customers.

Achieving B Corp Certification is no easy task. It requires a business to meet high standards across the board, not just in one specific area. B Corp Certification also allows businesses to participate in a global movement of companies working towards a more sustainable and equitable future.

A force for good

Crombie Lockwood and Tax Traders formed a connection through the Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CA ANZ) Member Benefits Programme, where Crombie Lockwood offers advice and expert opinion on insurance to CA ANZ members.

Crombie Lockwood conducted a comprehensive gap analysis of Tax Traders' previous insurance programme and rectified key gaps in their coverage. The result was a future-proofed programme that will help their business grow with certainty, just as its B Corp Certification will do.

“The first time we heard about B Corp was at a CA ANZ conference in 2019,” Josh Taylor, founder of Tax Traders, told Acuity magazine recently.

“One of the speakers was talking about the benefits and it was like he was speaking our language. We’d found a group of like-minded people who were just as passionate as we were about wanting business to be a force for good.”

Tax Traders set off on the path towards B Corp and was awarded its certification in March 2022. The company has since been recognised as being amongst ‘The Best for the World’ in the governance impact area of certification, scoring in the top 5% of all B Corps across the globe in having exemplary governance practices, including ethics, accountability and transparency.

Working together

Like Tax Traders, Crombie Lockwood recognises sustainability as critical to protecting New Zealand’s future and long-term wellbeing of our communities, our people, our environment and economy.

Cam Castle, Crombie Lockwood’s Sponsorship & Sustainability Manager says: “We believe, at their core, that sustainability and insurance share a common vision: protecting the future.

“With over 900 staff across 31 offices, we have been recognised as one of New Zealand’s top insurance workplaces for three years and we have over 150 sponsorships that serve the needs of local communities.

“Crombie Lockwood’s commitment to improved ESG (environmental, social and governance) practices has aided our parent company, Gallagher, to be named by Ethisphere as one of The World’ Most Ethical Companies for 13 years running.”

As well as prioritising its own sustainability practices, Crombie Lockwood actively seeks to partner with other businesses like Tax Traders that demonstrate the same values.

“By working with businesses such as Tax Traders, Crombie Lockwood hopes to help influence a more sustainable and equitable future for New Zealand.”
- Cam Castle, Crombie Lockwood Sponsorship & Sustainability Manager

“We’d like to congratulate Tax Traders on achieving B Corp Certification, knowing that together we can achieve more” concludes Cam.

Published June 2023