Haarlem, August 20, 2014 – Dopper has been officially certified as a “B Corp,” or Benefit Corporation, and now belongs to the global movement of do-gooders. Dopper is the number two ranked B-Corp company in the Netherlands, with a score of 109 points. The certification is awarded to businesses that have positive social and ecological impact, that take responsibility, are transparent in their practices, and contribute to the economy and the enviromnment. Dopper is the fifth Dutch company to earn this certification. Worldwide, there are thousands of B-Corp companies from over thirty countries.
B Corp is an American organization that, since 2006, has worked to build an international network of businesses that are committed to sustainable projects. The organization certifies companies based on an online impact assessment and lobbies in the United States for selected companies to register as Benefit Corporations.
A better world, not profit, is the motivation
Merijn Everaarts, founder and CEO of Dopper: “Dopper is a commercial company with a social objective: the reduction of plastic waste. We sell a product, but the profit is not our central goal: a better world is. This certification makes Dopper a clear, international presence as a social enterprise, and we are delighted to think we are an example that might help inspire other entrepreneurs to also make a positive impact. I think business with the sole aim of making a profit no longer have a place in our present world. The global challenges of sustainability and climate are so great that the focus of companies has to shift. They “feed” consumers products and services. I am convinced that we can help contribute to making the world better, to making people happier. I really believe that.”
Impact on society
To become B Corp certified, companies must complete an online assessment form that addresses several different areas: Governance, Workers, Community, and Environment. There are also general questions about the location and sector and number of employees a company has. There are 200 possible points to score, and a company must earn at least 80 to qualify to be a certified B Corp. Dopper received 109 points. Dopper scored particularly high in the area of Community, for the impact the company has on society. The category looks at how a company or product is designed to improve society by, for example, providing access to basic services, such as health care or education. The other Dutch B Corp companies are Pymwymic, Tony’s Chocolonely, dutch and DoubleDividend, which scored, respectively, 114 points, 96 points, 81 points, and 106 points.
About Dopper and the Dopper Foundation
Dopper wants to live in a world where people are conscious of the environment in which we exist, where single-use plastic waste is reduced and where everyone, at home and far away, has access to safe drinking water. The excessive use of PET bottles worldwide causes massive waste in the oceans, called “plastic soup.” The reusable water bottles that Dopper produces from high-quality plastic and steel help reduce these environmental issues. Dopper also encourages the use of tap water as a cheap and environmentally responsible alternative to bottled water. Over the last three years, the Dopper has grown into a product that can be seen everywhere on the streets and inspires people worldwide to help reduce plastic waste. The initiative, which began in Haarlem, is now taking off internationally.
Because the Dopper team’s thirst to grow in innovation and impact has not been quenched, the Dopper Steel was launched. The Dopper Original is still produced in the Netherlands, but the Dopper Steel is produced in eastern China, where working conditions are good and there is much focus on sustainable production. Dopper also has the ambition to organize eight campaigns to take place worldwide in 2016, where bottles will be sold and awareness will be spread.
The Dopper Foundation, established in 2013, is funded by 5% of the net sales revenue of the Dopper and through sponsorship and donations. This money finances water and sanitation projects worldwide, including a project in Nepal done in collaboration with Simavi. Through its Dopper Water & Waste Academy, the Foundation also develops educational programs in countries where tap water is already a common good.