B Corp™.

Driving positive impact in the legal world

At the end of the day, there’s a choice to be made about what is the purpose of business.” B Lab co-founder Jay Coen Gilbert

Obelisk Support has made its choice and is entering a new era: we are proud to be a Certified B Corporation.

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We’re officially a certified B Corp business!

As one of the first alternative legal service providers for flexible legal support, Obelisk entered the legal sector with a clear social-impact mission: to ensure that talented women continued to thrive as lawyers around their caring responsibilities, pioneering flexible and remote working arrangements – long before they were mainstream.

Today we continue to champion new ways of work that open opportunities more fairly for everyone in the law, with one of the largest networks of pre-vetted freelance legal consultants and paralegals.

Our vision is to create an inclusive legal profession which supports retaining outstanding legal talent in the law regardless of gender, background, religion, age, disability or caring responsibilities.

As a B Corp certified business, we join a global community using their businesses as a force for good in the world, reconfirming our long-held commitment to our values and community.

The B Corp community

 

1,500

UK B Corps

 

84

Countries

 

160

Industries

 

6,000

Companies

B corporation, explained

The B Corp movement has focused on for-profit businesses that are purposeful and consider all stakeholders impacted by their services or products. Is it, to date, the world’s only model for socially responsible capitalism.

What is special about the B Corp movement is that it leads with action. Its companies have a direct impact on their workers, communities, and environment. They are encouraged to collaborate and work toward a better world by recognising that some of our challenges are best addressed collectively rather than in isolation.

To be a B Corp, a company needs to pass an 80-point assessment and must adopt a legal framework that explicitly says it will account for all its stakeholders – not solely its shareholders – when making decisions. B-Lab, the non-profit that started the B Corp movement, created a third-party administered certification based on a company’s verified performance on the B Impact Assessment.

This means that we meet the highest verified standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. This globally recognised accreditation publicly endorses businesses for making an impact beyond profit.

We are proud to be recognised for our commitment to building a more inclusive and sustainable economy. In becoming a Certified B Corporation®, we have joined a community of like-minded businesses. There are just 1500 certified B Corps in the UK (United Kingdom) with the global number standing at just over 6000 in more than 84 countries and over 160 industries.

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Obelisk as a B Corp

We have locked into our articles our commitment to building a more inclusive and sustainable economy, requiring directors to consider such factors alongside profitability in our decision making. To reach B Corp status, we underwent a lengthy verification process which covered the entirety of our business’s operations across five key impact areas: Governance, Workers, Community, Environment and Customers.

The certification process is rigorous, with applicants required to reach a benchmark score of over 80 while providing evidence of socially and environmentally responsible practices relating to energy supplies, waste and water use, worker compensation, diversity, and corporate transparency.

Just 1% of B Corps certified are in the legal sector and Obelisk Support has become just the 12th legal business to achieve B Corp status.

Our re-certification will be due in 2026.

Obelisk’s B Impact Score

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 Creating an inclusive, equitable legal profession

Obelisk Support was one of the first alternative legal service providers to champion flexible and remote working – long before they were mainstream. We know from experience that there is a real difference between supporting inclusion and making it happen.

In 2022:

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Of our legal consultants are women

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Of our active roles have been truly flexible, allowing consultants to work part-time or remotely

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Of our consultants are returning to work, compared to the industry average of 1.5%

Why B Corps matter

“The B Corp movement is one of the most important of our lifetime, built on the simple fact that business impacts and serves more than just shareholders—it has an equal responsibility to the community and to the planet.” 

 

Rose Marcario, CEO of Patagonia.

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Looking to the future

While the recent accomplishment of B Corp Certification is a cause for celebration, we also recognise that there is still a lot of work to be done.

This is just the beginning of our journey. With this certification, we are elevating our commitment and accountability to deepen our impact work across all aspects of our business to drive positive change in the legal sector and beyond.

We’re going to keep you updated too, both on what we’re doing well and what we need to work on. To join us on this journey, follow us on social media.

B Corp™ FAQs

What does being a B Corp™ mean?

B Corp is a certification granted to for-profit companies that meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

How is the B Corp certification obtained?

The globally-recognised credential publicly endorses businesses as making an impact beyond profit by building a more inclusive and sustainable economy following a rigorous vetting process.

What is B Lab™?

B Lab is the non-profit network transforming the global economy to benefit all people, communities and the planet. B Lab creates standards, policies, tools, and programs that shift the behaviour, culture, and structure of capitalism. It mobilises the global B Corp community towards collective action to address society’s most critical challenges, and collaborates with governments, academia, coalitions, and other institutions to drive economic systems change.

Is Obelisk Support a B Corp?

Yes, Obelisk Support is a certified B Corp company. This means that although Obelisk Support seeks to make a profit, our mission is also to be a force for public good. As a Certified B Corporation™ we meet the highest verified standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability.

What does the B in B Corp stand for?

The B stands for Benefit for all.

What is the B Corp™ Movement?

The B Corp movement is a global movement of People Using Business as a Force for Good®. Together, we are shifting our economic system from profiting only the few to benefitting all, from concentrating wealth and power to ensuring equity, from extraction to regeneration, and from prioritizing individualism to embracing interdependence.

What are the B Corp Impact Area Pillars?

There are five Impact Area Pillars: workers, environment, customers, governance and community. Every B Corp is scored using the five impact areas in the B Impact Assessment.

What is the B Impact Assessment™?

The B Impact Assessment is a free, confidential platform designed to help measure and manage your company’s positive impact on your workers, community, customers and environment.

When was the B Corp movement established?

The B Corp movement was started in 2006.

What are B Lab Standards?

B Lab’s social and environmental business standards define how businesses can be a force for good. Based on stakeholder input, research, and established best practices, these standards are the basis for B Corp Certification requirements and B Lab’s impact management tools, and they inform the network’s programs and collective action initiatives. Overseen by B Lab’s independent Standards Advisory Council, the standards help companies improve, measure, and manage their impact on people and the planet.

How long does a B Corp certification last?

All B Corp organisations are re-assessed every 3 years.

Where can I find out more about the B Corp movement?

For further information about B Corp Certification, please visit the B Corp website.

Why Obelisk?

A large pool of pre-vetted, highly skilled lawyers and paralegals

Quality matches powered by our proprietary matching platform

We pioneer new ways of working to help our clients succeed

We are committed to creating a more inclusive legal profession

Committed to setting high standards

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