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B Corporation’s Champions Retreat & Dansko’s amazing HQ

Last week was a big one for travel. Four of the team were in London where we launched gNappies.co.uk and attended the Baby Show in London.

Meanwhile back at the ranch, I headed to Philly for 2 days for B Corporation's Champions Retreat. gDiapers became a B Corp earlier this year. The B Corp mission is to use the power of business to solve environmental and social problems. And that is exactly what Kim and I had in mind when we launched gDiapers 6 years ago. Given Occupy Wall Street and the generally dim view people have of companies today (The NY Times yesterday quoted  a poll showing Companies ranking in the single digits – a tad higher than Congress when it comes to trustworthiness) I am very excited to be a part of this movement. 

As a part of our time in Philly, we toured one of the bigger B Corporations – Dansko footwear. There's nothing more interesting for a business owner that to go and see how other companies do it, especially those that have shared values and are successful. Dansko is of particulular interest for Kim and I as the founders -  Mandy Cabot and Peter Kjellerup  – are also married and work side by side (and by chance have a ridgeback just like ours!)

Dansko did not fail to impress. They have an amazing culture – you could feel it – and a facility to die for. The buildings are of course LEED certified and simply beautiful. The photos below don't do it justice. 

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It all started with Clogs back in 1991.

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This divider was all natural, portable and beautiful.

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This is the biggest green wall in the US. The combination of the sound of running water and the site and smell of that green wall is fabulous.

 

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Not one but three meditation rooms.

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Natural light pours in everywhere.

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The green roof shown here captures 70% of rain water. The remainder is directed into holding tanks for grey water use.

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The Foundation does amazing work.

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In place of regular down pipes, they use chain links to channel rainwater into holding tanks. They apparently sound beautiful when the rain comes down.

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This is B Corporations Declaration of INTERdependence (Get it? We're all in this together so rather than work purely for shareholders, B Corps work for ALL stakeholders) which we all signed.

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While in Philly we toured the site that saw the drafting of the Declaration of Independence  and the Constitution. I am finally figuring out US history. You blokes really didn't like the Poms did you?!