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Good for You, Good for the Planet: Our B Corp Certification Journey

Good for You, Good for the Planet: Our B Corp Certification Journey

We are proud to have taken an impactful step in being the change we want to see in the world by becoming a Certified B Corporation. This means accelerating a global shift to redefine success in business and using our social and environmental initiatives as a force for good.

Deeply aligned with our company values, the path to getting certified has included understanding our current impact, crafting intentional goals, and taking action by shifting our policies and processes. We're committed to making choices that are good for you, and good for the planet, and are proud to share the steps we’ve taken along our B Corp certification journey.

 

Embodying our Company Values

Our company values have kept us grounded throughout our entire B Corp journey. 

Continuous Improvement

We seek to improve every single day, within Harmonic Arts and ourselves. We strive for progress, not perfection, by reflecting on how to make positive changes. Over time, regular incremental improvements lead to substantial transformation. 

Listening to Understand

We engage with the aim of true understanding, appreciation, and respect of where others are coming from. We make space for all to be heard and practice patience, empathy, and open-mindedness. 

Getting to the Heart of the Matter

We find and address the core issue, reason, and purpose of everything we do. Honesty, integrity, alignment, and perseverance are key. 

Leaning In

We rely on our team through trust, connection, and full participation. By being present together, we can handle anything. 

Sustainable Action

We encourage choosing actions that are sustainable for ourselves, Harmonic Arts, and the planet. We focus on building blocks, not band-aids, and betterment, not burnout. Every action is balanced, solid, renewable, and forward-looking. 

 

The Journey to Getting Certified

After years of learning, shifting, and growing, every member of the Harmonic Arts team contributed to this achievement. Here’s how we made it happen: 

Policy Updates

We’ve implemented over 10 new policies, documents, and processes since we started our B Corp journey in 2021. This includes a Supplier Code of Conduct that defines standards for fair, safe, and healthy working conditions and encourages environmental responsibility throughout our supply chain. 

Impact Reduction

We’ve earned Green badges from BC Green Business every year since 2021 after implementing their suggestions for lowering our impact on the planet. 

We completed the B Corp Foundations Program in April of 2022. Formerly known as Getting to 80, This program helped us refine what making an impact means for us and prepared us for the B Impact Assessment. 

We became Climate Smart Certified in October of 2022. This involved collecting data to get a picture of our carbon footprint and devising an emissions reduction plan. 

Assessment

We completed and submitted our B Impact Assessment in August of 2022, and by June 2023, we received an overall B Impact score of 83.6. 

 

Breaking Down our B Impact Score

The B Impact Score is made up of five pillars: Governance, Environment, Workers, Community, and Customers. Each section below provides a few examples of the policies and procedures we have in place, allowing us to achieve our B Corp Certification. 

Governance – Overall Score of 13.3

Harmonic Arts is committed to upholding high ethical standards while promoting a culture of integrity throughout the organization. Each team member has easy access to our company values, Employee Handbook, and our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics policy.  

We promote transparency, accountability, and effective decision-making at all levels of the organization, which helps to build trust and confidence among employees, customers, and other stakeholders. 

Our mission is to provide effective and easy-to-use herbal products that empower everyone on their path to wellness. Since this Impact Business Model is designed to cultivate a positive outcome for the health of our customers, community, and planet, we earned a Mission Lock within the governance pillar of our assessment. This is a requirement for all certified B Corporations and worth 10 points of our score. 

Environment – Overall score of 27.5

Harmonic Arts has been Climate Smart certified for two years in a row now! Achieving this certification involves measuring our greenhouse gas emissions, crafting goals to reduce them, and taking action to meet those goals.  

We believe that incorporating environmental considerations into product design is an important step towards minimizing our environmental impact. 83% of our packaging is currently compostable or recyclable, and by continuing to review our product packaging, design, reuse, and recyclability, we are committed to making further improvements. 

About 87% of the herbs within our plant-powered products are Certified Organic. We prioritize sourcing from organic production because it replenishes and maintains soil fertility without the use of toxic pesticides and fertilizers. As organic cultivation is planned for, it is inherently sustainable and regenerative. It encourages practices that increase biodiversity and reduce negative environmental impacts. 

Workers – Overall score of 18.8

Each Harmonic Arts team member has access to health and lifestyle spending accounts that allow them to allocate funds towards products and services that promote a healthy lifestyle.  

Every quarter, each team member is gifted a Harmonic Arts product to support their wellness. Various self-care products or additional paid time off are also gifted periodically throughout the year to encourage rest and revitalization. 

We are committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for all our employees and continue to invest in safety measures that support the Harmonic Arts team. 

Community – Overall score of 16.6

We have a Supplier Code of Conduct – included within every purchase order – that outlines fair, safe, and environmentally responsible standards throughout the supply chain. By working closely with suppliers, we can ensure that we are sourcing the highest quality ingredients for our products. These long-standing relationships also provide stability in the supply chain, which helps to minimize disruptions and ensure that products are consistently available to customers. Cultivating relationships with suppliers allows us to stay up to date on industry trends and innovations, which can ultimately lead to the development of new and improved products. 

Customers – Overall score of 7.2

With around half of our sales coming from products that have Natural Product Numbers (NPNs), we’re actively nurturing the wellness of our customers. NPNs are issued by Health Canada to indicate that a natural health product has been assessed and found to be safe, effective, and of high quality. This means the product has undergone testing and that every health claim we make about the product is supported by scientific evidence. These include our Mushroom Powders, Capsules, and Tinctures, along with our herbal Tincture Blends and most of our Single Herb Tinctures and Syrups. 

 

Plant Medicine with Purpose

We believe in uniting people and the planet through the power of plant medicine while keeping ethical and sustainable action at the heart of what we do. It’s important that we make the effort to continuously improve our business and build trust with our community, all while providing you with the plant-powered products you know and love. 

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