Amsterdam wants to play a key role in the transition to a new economy and become the number one city for companies that create both financial and social value. To achieve this goal, the City of Amsterdam has co-created the Building Better Business (BBB) programme to help profitable companies accelerate their social and environmental impact, and get certified for their performance.
The programme has two different tracks participants can choose from: Economy for the Common Good (ECG) and B Corp. Both tracks will help your business become a change agent and will provide the foundation for certification, if you decide to take that step.
Learn more about our Building Better Business programme and how to pursue a B Corp or Economy for the Common Good certification, join one of the following online Meet Ups:
ECG CERTIFICATION TRACK
The ECG track is for companies who want to increase their positive impact and contribute to the Common Good: a good life for everyone on a healthy planet. At the heart of ECG is the idea that value-driven businesses are mindful of, and committed to: Human Dignity, Solidarity and Social Justice, Environmental Sustainability, Transparency and Co-Determination. Adopting these core values makes your company future-proof and a frontrunner of the new economy.
On this track companies have the opportunity to develop their Common Good Report, which is a 360° sustainability management tool that improves professional relationships and stimulates motivation, innovation and productivity. In the marketplace, a Common Good Report shows that you are a reliable partner with ethical values. It also connects you to a diverse network of like-minded companies, municipalities, educational institutions, and nonprofit organisations. There are over 4000 members worldwide, based in 35 countries. To get ECG-certified, you need an external audit of your Report.
ECG track time investment
The track starts with an information session on 9 May to prepare for certification, which includes expert webinars, training and group consulting spread over 32 hours and ends in October 2022. The goal for ECG track participants is to produce a Common Good Report that is ready to be audited. Participants can produce the report on their own or join the first or both parts of the preparation process. Click here for more information.
9 May: Introduction to ECG
How to work with the Common Good Matrix
23 May: Expert webinar
Stakeholder A: Suppliers and the four values (with an example company)
13 June: Group consult
Stakeholder A: Suppliers and the four values (learning from each other and experts)
20 June: Expert webinar
Stakeholder D: Customers & other companies and Stakeholder E: Social Environment and the four values (with an example company)
4 July: Group consult
Stakeholder D: Customers & other companies and Stakeholder E: Social Environment and the four values (learning from each other and experts)
29 August: Expert webinar
Stakeholder B: Owners equity and financial services provider and the four values (with an example company)
12 September: Group consult
Stakeholder B: Owners equity and financial services provider and the four values (learning from each other and experts)
3 October: Expert webinar
Stakeholder Employees including co-working employers and the four values. (with an example company)
31 October: Group Consult
Stakeholder C: Employees including co-working employer and the four values. (learning from each other and experts)