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Pennard Vets becomes the first B Corp veterinary practice in Europe

Employee-owned Pennard Vets in Kent is the first veterinary practice in Europe to achieve B Corp accreditation

Employee-owned Pennard Vets has become the first veterinary practice in Europe to become B Corp certified.

This achievement follows a rigorous accreditation process and is part of the Kent-based group’s ongoing ambition to become a genuine sustainable business.

Certified B Corps are companies that meet exceptionally high standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability.

The process examines a company’s full range of processes, from their supply chain to charitable giving and employee benefits.

The global B Corp movement focuses on placing stakeholders at the heart of all businesses, harnessing their position to transform the role of business in society to make sure that it works for both people and the planet.

Dr Caroline Collins, from Pennard Vets said: “We’ve always strived to be ethical and minimise our environmental impact as much as possible, and the next step was to become a fully certified sustainable business.

“Ultimately, we exist to benefit our people, the communities we work in and the environment, rather than solely focusing on profit, and becoming a B Corp is the highest level of external recognition of this.”

“Becoming employee owned, through an employment ownership trust (EOT), last year was an important part of this aim and immediately after achieving that goal, we set our sights on becoming a B Corp.

“The accreditation is incredibly thorough and examined every area of the business, as well as all our policies to ensure what we have put in place are robust and impactful.

“Being employee owned and socially minded is a huge draw for vets and nurses seeking a change in their career, who want to be part of an organisation where they can have a real say in the running of the practice and make a tangible difference to the environment.

“It also means that we can now make very long-term decisions, that could even take several decades to pay off, which would be very difficult to do in a traditional shareholder business, and that gives our team the authority to always do the right thing.”

Joy Cole, operations manager from Pennard Vets who led the accreditation process, added: “Very few businesses pass first time, so we were thrilled to score 90 points with our first attempt, 10 more than the minimum of 80 that’s required to pass.

“We’re now looking forward to building on this further as we continue to focus on reducing our carbon footprint and making other positive changes, that will benefit our team, our clients and the local community.”

Pennard Vets, has seven practices in Sevenoaks, Tonbridge, Maidstone, Allington, Borough Green, Langley Park and West Malling.

In 2021, Pennard Vets became the largest veterinary practice in the world to become employee owned, through an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT), meaning its entire team are now practice owners and shareholders in the business.  

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