Reflections of PALO IT Thailand’s B Corp Certification Journey
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Our Vision and Positive Change
PALO IT Thailand’s vision is to wield technology as a catalyst for positive change. It's not just a lofty mission statement; it’s a mindset and a commitment to learning, evolving, and channelling our efforts toward maximizing our impact for the betterment of our staff, customers, community, and the environment. We understand that our actions ripple beyond the confines of our offices. We're not just building products or delivering services; we're architects of a better world for our employees, clients, partners, and the broader community. It's about recognizing our interconnectedness and the responsibility we bear for the world we share. This is why we are extremely pleased to be the first technology company in Thailand to achieve B Corp certification and joining the B Corp community (that includes Patagonia, Ben and Jerry’s, and The Body Shop).
Demonstrating Our Sustainability Commitment
That's precisely why we've embarked on this certification journey, starting about 2.5 years ago —to join forces with the B Corporation movement. For us, it's more than a ‘sustainability’ certification; it's a genuine way to show through our actions. As our Managing Director, Frederic Bernaroyat, emphasizes, “Our team is serious about our commitment on sustainability, and we are “walking the talk’. Achieving B Corp Certification is also a testament to our collective commitment to a higher standard—a standard that values not just profits, but people, the planet, and purpose.
The B Corp Certification Journey
Specifically, the B Corp Certification process is an intricate evaluation that scrutinizes our operations. It's a deep dive into how our practices affect our team, our clients and partners, the community, and the environment. B Corp’s Impact Assessment examines the way we govern ourselves, our commitment to diversity, the benefits we provide to our employees, how we handle data, and the responsible practices woven into our supply chain. It's not merely about claiming to be responsible or sustainable, but to be more accountable and transparent. The criteria set by B Lab in the assessment define a responsible and impactful company. To secure this certification, we've navigated through a maze of evaluations, looking to not just meet but exceed the standards set forth. It's a testament to years of strong teamwork, meticulous documentation, rigorous evaluation, and a commitment to excellence. It propels us to constantly reevaluate, innovate, and redefine success beyond mere financial metrics.
B Corp's Impact Assessment
To gain certification, a minimum score of 80 out of 200 points is needed. PALO IT Thailand’s B Corp Profile page publicly shows our score of 81.6 and the details of our assessment. The strongest impact we generated among the five categories (governance, workers, community, environment, and customers) was our efforts and benefits for our staff. According to B Corp, the median score for ordinary businesses who complete the assessment is currently 50.9. Nevertheless, as all other certified B Corp members, PALO IT Thailand will strive to improve our operations and our results for re-certification in 3 years.
Team Dedication and Celebration
This achievement is also an ode to the dedication of our team. It's a celebration of our shared values and a commitment to continue evolving, growing, and affecting our world positively. So, to our incredible team who supported us on this journey, thank you! This accomplishment stands as a testament to our staff’s unwavering teamwork, dedication, and belief in our shared vision: a commitment to do good and make the world a better place.
Join the Movement
As we stride forward on this path, we invite you to join us—because this isn't just our journey; it's an invitation to be part of a movement that transcends individual entities. Together, we can shape the world into a better place for future generations. Enacting our mission, ‘crafting tech as a force for good,’ we will continue to use technology to build sustainable solutions. For example, in 2023, we developed an ‘Impact Tracker,’ a digital tool to measure, track, and maximize the positive impact our work has on the triple bottom line: people, planet, profit.
Going forth as a certified B Corporation, PALO IT Thailand continues our commitment to using technology to enable businesses to transform the global economy to be more sustainable and fairer, whether it be new digital innovations for climate action, enabling the UN Sustainable Development Goals, or helping others with their sustainability transformation. We hope to also be active in the B Corp community within Thailand, ASEAN, and welcome collaborations with other like-minded companies and organizations.
Future Initiatives and Collaborations
Reach out to us, and let's together pave the way for a brighter, more sustainable tomorrow. Contact my email to ignite your company’s commitment to sustainability and service for more meaningful change.