Last month we became New Zealand’s 11th certified B Corp, and the first in the country’s construction sector. We’re proud of much of the work we’ve done in the past four years, but personally I think B Corp certification might be one of the most important things we’ve done so far.
Matt Philp wrote a feature on Evident that was published last week for Global Entrepreneurship Week. As founders of a startup we are so focused on where we're going, and it was great to have someone write a piece about where we've come from. We're also a small team working in a wide range of areas and Matt's piece does a great job of linking those to our mission and vision.
We recently launched a student internship program that has caused me to reflect a bit on employability for a mission-led company. It's a really important thing for us to understand as we're all driven by our mission and are seeking people that can bring their own passion, energy and drive to help us achieve the outcomes we seek.
A couple of weeks ago we kicked off our journey towards B Corp certification, which we're aiming to complete later this year. There are a range of reasons why companies pursue B Corp certification - the brand value that comes with it, connection to a network of businesses who share the same principles, or a means of testing you're actually the kind of business you think you are.
James will be featured this month in Engineer Your Career, an employment newsletter put out by The University of Auckland Faculty of Engineering. His article is reposted here.
We're also presenting at the Faulty of Engineering in mid-May, where we'll be announcing a small number of paid projects for students to work on. If you want to be kept informed about those, subscribe to our mailing list here.
Tonight we'll flick the switch on the website and officially launch Evident. It feels important to reflect on how and why we got here.