A global data consultancy based in Leeds has achieved international recognition by being certified as a B Corporation (B Corp). The certification for Oakland Group recognises its commitment to sustainability and positive social impact.

Oakland Group is a data consultancy that helps companies access and drive value from their data faster.

The B Corp certification signifies adherence to high standards in performance, accountability, and transparency across various areas, promoting sustainability and social responsibility.

Commenting on the achievement, Richard Corderoy, managing director of Oakland Group, said: “Achieving B Corp certification is a milestone for everyone at Oakland Group. It helps our clients and employees identify a company with strong values and a commitment to constant improvement for the well-being of their team, the planet, and society.

“We join an elite group of companies around the world who have decided to prioritise the environment and the communities they operate in.”

The certification is a roadmap for improvement, driving continuous progress towards sustainable and socially responsible practices.

Oakland Group allocates 1% of its profits to local charities through its giving back scheme. It uses local suppliers wherever possible and supports industry initiatives to improve diversity, equality and inclusivity in the data sector.

The charity B Lab manages the B Corp verification process. Companies must pass a thorough evaluation of the effects of their operations and business model on their employees, clients, communities, and environment in order to become Certified B Corporations. They also need to achieve a minimum verified score on the B Impact Assessment.

The Oakland Group joins a network of 4,000 B Corps in 70 countries and 150 industries worldwide.