Artesian has been successfully certified as a B Corporation. The rigorous verification process was an opportunity to turn our impact approach on ourselves, demonstrating our corporate operations are as committed to social and environmental sustainability as our investments.
Artesian has always invested for impact, but in 2019 we formalised our investment philosophy from the ground up, and committed to impact investing across our venture capital and fixed income strategies.
The next step was to look internally and commit our company-wide operations to the highest sustainability standards, guided by the principles of becoming a B Corporation.
Certified B Corps are a community of companies all meeting the highest standards of social and environmental performance. They’ve all submitted to a rigorous assessment process, verifying the impact they have on the world, and adhering to measures of transparency and accountability.
It’s not an easy process, we began in 2019 and in 2022 Artesian finally achieved an overall B Impact Score of 93.0, outperforming the 50.9 median score for ordinary businesses and the minimum 80.0 criteria for qualification.
We’re an investment firm so we had to go right back to our core principles, to our company constitution, and embed our mission as an immutable driving force. We made an organisation-wide commitment to consider all stakeholders, not just shareholders, in our investment decision-making and purpose as an organisation. But it’s not enough just to say it, to show true leadership and commitment, you need to build it into your foundations.
From there, we worked through an in-depth verification process that assesses over 200 factors across Governance, Workers, Community, Environment and Customers. The process itself helped us examine our processes more deeply, and further reduce our impacts wherever possible.
Being a responsible investor, we were able to leverage our know-how in measuring and managing environmental and social factors when we turned the analysis process on ourselves.
We’re proud of what we’ve achieved, and we’re excited to join a community of the world’s most progressive companies, to drive a more sustainable economy.
View Artesian’s impact assessment results in the global B Corp directory here: