A UK family-run cleaning contractor is celebrating two years as a certified B Corp cleaning company, holding a B Corp Company accreditation for meeting rigorous social and environmental standards, read our 2022/23 positive impact report here!
NuServe, which in 2020 was certified by B Lab, the not-for-profit behind the B Corp movement, takes pride in being only the second UK company providing services in cleaning and facilities management to achieve the status of a B Corp cleaning company.
How we compare to other facility companies
NuServe received a B impact score of 81.1% within an industry with an average score of 55.6%.
Companies certified as a B Corp must meet stringent social and environmental standards. These reflect a commitment to goals outside short-term profits, and excel in practices relating to energy supplies, waste and water use, worker compensation, diversity, and corporate transparency.
B Corp positive impact report victories for 2022
Social impact highlights from our positive impact report
- We established our Diversity and Inclusion council.
- For the first time, 100% of our staff were paid the Real Living Wage outside of London, as of Q2 2022. This figure is fluid and changes quarterly.
Environmental highlights from our B Corp report
- 90% of our cleaning supplies and products are now plant-based and chemical-free.
- 60% of our fleet comprises of electric vehicles; we’re on our way to 100%.
The background behind the B Corp cleaning company
NuServe – founded in 1996 – has acquired a host of ESG accreditations which underline its track record in establishing itself as a planet-conscious company. These include being awarded a Planet Mark certificate after achieving a carbon-neutral status by offsetting emissions it produces through its operations with programmes and funding for carbon reduction. Its target next year is a further five percent reduction in its overall carbon footprint.
Ten years ago, NuServe pioneered the adaption of bio-enzymatic cleaning agents, utilising the power of nature to keep customers’ offices clean. Its ‘green’ range of cleaning materials are certified under EU Ecolabel, Ecologo and the Defra Approved buying scheme.
A B Corp cleaning company
Simon Duke, MD of NuServe, said: “Our mission is to uphold the right to good work and fair pay, to protect our people and our planet, and to deliver quality services that honour the trust afforded us. Fundamentally, we’re a family business, with family values, but with a modern and innovative approach”.
“At the heart of our business is a commitment to sustainability. In fact, in 2019, we amended our articles of association, making our directors legally responsible for ensuring that we have a material positive impact on society and the environment”.
Simon added: “NuServe hopes achieving the B Corp certification will resonate with business leaders keen to work with suppliers that can demonstrate a genuine and concerted effort to limit their environmental impact and work towards a fairer society.”
Part of the vibrant UK B Corp community
The B Corp community in the UK represents a broad range of industries and sizes, comprises over 360 companies and includes well-known brands such as The Guardian, innocent, Patagonia, The Body Shop, and organic food pioneers Abel & Cole.
Chris Turner, Executive Director of B Lab UK, said: “We are delighted to welcome NuServe to the B Corp community. This is a movement of companies who are committed to changing how business operates, who believe business really can be a force for good. We know that NuServe are going to be a fantastic addition to the community and will continue driving the conversation forward”.
The fast-growing company, which employs nearly 600 people throughout London, the South East and West Midlands lists clients including large London employers such as Ion Group and international consultancy and construction company Mace.
NuServe’s positive impact report 2022/23
Read our second Postive Impact Report here.
NuServe’s positive impact report 2020/21
Read our first Positive Impact Report here.