121 episodes

What started as a podcast exploring B Corps and B Corp certification, has turned into a show dedicated to elevating the efforts of businesses solving some of the biggest challenges facing people and the planet. Come learn along side hosts Brittany Angelo and Benn Marine as they seek out answers to how businesses can leverage consumer spending as a force for good. Brought to you by certified B Corp and 1% for the planet member Dirigo Collective.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 19 Ratings

What started as a podcast exploring B Corps and B Corp certification, has turned into a show dedicated to elevating the efforts of businesses solving some of the biggest challenges facing people and the planet. Come learn along side hosts Brittany Angelo and Benn Marine as they seek out answers to how businesses can leverage consumer spending as a force for good. Brought to you by certified B Corp and 1% for the planet member Dirigo Collective.

    Rumpl, a Sustainable Business with founder and CEO Wylie Robinson

    Rumpl, a Sustainable Business with founder and CEO Wylie Robinson

    Ever wondered how a simple idea can turn into a roaring business with sustainability at its core? Strap in for a fascinating chat with Wylie Robinson, the founder behind Rumpl Blankets. A surf and ski trip adventure gave birth to an ingenious product - a sleeping bag blanket, and from there, Rumpl was born. Wylie walks us through the journey of creating a unique, minimalist design that sets Rumpl apart, inspired by sandstone patterns, to the values that fuel his brand, sustainability being paramount.

    Delve into the complexities of obtaining a B Corp certification and the importance of supporting other sustainable businesses. Wylie enlightens us about the challenges of the certification process, the influence that brands like Patagonia had on his journey, and how a master's student played a pivotal role in their certification process. We also talk about the hurdles and rewards of maintaining a carbon-neutral supply chain, the impact of these practices on the business, and how Rumpl successfully communicates their environmental contributions to customers.

    As we venture deeper, we explore the intersection of art, environmental activism, and brand identity through Rumpl's Art for a Cause program. Wylie talks about the criteria of artist selection and their collaboration with nonprofits for environmental causes. We also discuss the importance of setting boundaries around brand activism and maintaining a focus on issues that align with the brand's values. We wrap up our exchange reflecting on the significance of supporting companies like Rumpl, who put sustainability first in their operations. So, tune in and let us inspire you to use your purchasing power for the greater good.

    Other B Corps Mentioned in this Episode include:
    Patagonia
    Indosole
    Peak Design


    Dirigo Collective Website

    • 55 min
    Emerging Hope: A Tale of Cultural Influence and Entrepreneurial Tenacity with MoviePass founder Stacy Spikes

    Emerging Hope: A Tale of Cultural Influence and Entrepreneurial Tenacity with MoviePass founder Stacy Spikes

    Ever experienced a mishap so embarrassing you can't help but laugh? Stacey Spikes has. From a comical mix-up with a phone sex line to a premiere gone awry, Stacey's journey as a Black founder is inspiring. Join us as we unravel the intriguing narrative of this visionary entrepreneur and author of "Black Founder: The Hidden Power of Being an Outsider," highlighting his relentless tenacity, the influence of his cultural upbringing, and his dedication to overcoming any challenges that come his way.

    Think the lack of diversity in venture capital is a minor issue? Think again. Our in-depth conversation with Stacey didn't shy away from the hard truths about the effects of limited representation in industries such as sports, music, and entertainment. We delved into the intersection of urban culture, technology, and storytelling and how they set the stage for shaping our society. Stacey, co-founder of MoviePass, also shared his mission to amplify marginalized voices in cinema and the unique power of local theaters in fostering community and creating a sense of place.

    Ever wondered what it takes to bring a bankrupt company back from the brink? Hear it from Stacey. We explored the tumultuous journey of MoviePass, the nation's first theatrical subscription service. From its skyrocketing success to bankruptcy and its eventual resurgence, Stacey shared valuable insights on the impact of MoviePass on smaller theaters and communities, and how it made watching new movies an easy choice for people. We wrapped our conversation acknowledging the transformative role of technology in cinema and the power of being an outsider in the industry. Tune in for an episode filled with laughter, insight, and a whole lot of inspiration.
    Dirigo Collective Website

    • 55 min
    Unraveling the Complexities of Carbon Markets with Sarang Murthy

    Unraveling the Complexities of Carbon Markets with Sarang Murthy

    Picture this: unlocking the secrets of the complex world of carbon markets, and in doing so, driving both environmental performance and social impact. Today, we're sitting down with none other than Sarang Murthy from Native, a leading voice in corporate sustainability, to take you on that journey. We're going to tackle the intricacies of the global carbon market, from trust and transparency to a shifting regulatory landscape, and dive into how initiatives like the ICVCM (the Integrity Council for the Voluntary Carbon Market) and VCMI (Voluntary Carbon Markets Integrity Initiative) are setting new rules to increase accountability.

    Have you ever wondered about the implications of cheaper offsets on the carbon market? We will answer that question and more in our deep-dive into the economics of 'low hanging fruit' and nature-based solutions. Sarang will guide us through understanding the importance of a sound climate strategy and the role of regulations like ARTICLE 6 and the UNFCCC in shaping the voluntary carbon market. Prepare to have your perspective broadened and your knowledge deepened on this critical topic.

    Finally, we will explore Forest Trends, discussing their reports on the voluntary carbon market, and potential concerns associated with a surplus of credits. We'll navigate the dynamics of carbon offsetting, and discuss the hope surrounding a goal of reaching $75 per ton by 2030 to limit global warming. This is a conversation you won't want to miss. Join us on this insightful journey as we explore how corporations can effectively use carbon offsets to drive environmental performance and positive social impact.
    Dirigo Collective Website

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Sustainable Strides of Baabuk's Wool Shoes with Alex Miller

    The Sustainable Strides of Baabuk's Wool Shoes with Alex Miller

    Join us as we dive into the world of ethical manufacturing and digital strategy. Our guest, Alex Miller, serves as the head of digital strategy and e-commerce for Baabuk, a Swiss footwear brand famous for their wool-based products. Alex is here to share the unique story of Baabuk - from its commitment to transparency and ethical manufacturing to its innovative use of wool and its transition into a B Corp.

    Baabuk's choice of wool as a primary material may seem unusual, yet the benefits are remarkable! Wool is incredibly durable, naturally antibacterial, and temperature-regulating. Yet, as Alex points out, this choice does present challenges from a cost perspective and with respect to customer return rates. But the challenges don't end there. Alex also walks us through Baabuk's unique recycling program in Europe, the collaborative relationship with their retail partners in their sustainability efforts, and the importance of cultivating personal relationships with suppliers. It's a complex, but rewarding, business model that sets Baabuk apart in the industry.

    The conversation takes an inspiring turn as Alex delves into Baabuk's journey to becoming a B Corp in 2017. This transition was a testament to Baabuk's commitment to using business as a force for good. Alex paints a vivid picture of the collaborative environment within the Swiss B Corp community and the rising demand for transparency and authenticity among Swiss consumers. With a focus on ethical manufacturing and digital strategy, Baabuk not only excels in creating extraordinary wool-based products like their signature Black Nose Sheep wool sneakers but also in reshaping the business landscape in a more sustainable and responsible way. Join us for this fascinating exploration of Baabuk's journey and learn how the brand is making a difference one woolen shoe at a time.

    Baabuk's Website
    Resale marketplace
    Baabuk's Black Nose Sheep Shoe


    Dirigo Collective Website

    • 36 min
    The Power of Public Relations with Teak Media

    The Power of Public Relations with Teak Media

    Curious about how to leverage the power of public relations for driving change? Join us as we chat with Jackie Russell, the dynamic founder and president of Teak Media, New England's only certified B Corp public relations firm. Jackie’s passion for using her PR skills to help non-profits and responsible businesses grow is truly inspiring. Through her partnership with the Jimmy Fund of Dana Farber Cancer Institute, she has demonstrated the transformative impact of strategic PR efforts in promoting noble causes and impactful events.

    In our polarized world, the challenge for purpose-driven brands is real. Jackie brings her wealth of experience to shed light on these challenges and the responsibilities of businesses. She candidly talks about the importance of authenticity in marketing and the real danger of greenwashing. She also shares her insights about how vocalizing company values can attract both positive and negative attention. Moreover, Jackie reveals the significant role Teak Media plays in the National Conscious Capitalist Movement and the Boston chapter of Conscious Capitalism, reinforcing her belief in the power of businesses to be a catalyst for good. Tune in to hear from a seasoned PR expert who is making a real difference.


    Working with Project Bread, Massachusetts becomes fifth state to guarantee students access to free school meals for the 2022-2023 school year.

    Teak Media on Instagram, Linked In, Facebook, and Twitter
    Dirigo Collective Website

    • 35 min
    Curious Coworkers: BLD Southeast, Lessons from Burnout to Balance

    Curious Coworkers: BLD Southeast, Lessons from Burnout to Balance

    Ever felt like you're being swallowed up by perfectionism, especially when seeking investment for your business? Or felt the pressing need to start taking care of yourself more to avoid burnout? Join Brittany and Benn as we unpack a treasure trove of insights gleaned from our recent adventure at the BLD Southeast Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. This was no mundane conference. It was a vibrant gathering of purpose-driven businesses, a celebration of unity, and a space for transformative conversations.

    The panel on preventing burnout was a game-changer. It made us rethink our work-life balance and taught us the importance of finding joy beyond our professional lives. We delved into the concept of planning sprints and discussed the life-altering difference between soul singing and soul sighing. But the learning did not stop there. Our breakout sessions were enlightening, as we explored the intricacies of seeking investor funds without succumbing to perfectionism, the necessity of intentional community in the B Corp space, and the hard work that embracing diversity involves.

    But the BLD Southeast was more than just panel discussions and breakout sessions. It was a journey of experiences that spanned a walking tour of Downtown Raleigh, an inclusive Networking session including the new Be Proud network, and the welcoming warmth of the B Corp community. So, let us take you on this journey. Listen as we share our stories, our insights, and the powerful lessons we learned about unity, diversity, self-care, and the strength of a well-knit community. Because at the end of the day, it's all about finding our shared purpose and celebrating it.

    Quick Links
    Blog Post: BLD SE 2023: Uniting the Southeast B Corp Community
    Find Your B Local
    Attend a BLD
    Dirigo Collective Website

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

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19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Bigred0903 ,

Educational and entertaining

These shows are always educational, I learn something new every time. Currently listening to all the curious coworker episodes as those are a quick fun listen! Keep them coming!

Gibbbbbbbster ,

Obsessed!!!

Great for learning and extremely entertaining too! Benn and Brittany are awesome 🥳

474Jnch ,

Thank you for helping us learn how to make our world better - NOW!

UNSDG: I was vaguely familiar with these Global Goals - the podcasts are great in presenting all the goals in real life scenarios. Great work.

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