No, Scotland CAN B is not an incorporated entity itself, it is an initiative launched in partnership between the Scottish Government and B Lab UK.
FirstImpact provides the secretariat for the Scotland CAN B initiative, and the programme objectives are delivered by a team of independent business consultants, supported by our 'Impact Leaders' advisory group.
Where CAN DO is Scotland's vision to become a world-leading innovative and entrepreneurial society, CAN B is designed to compliment this vision and ensure that Scotland's innovation and entrepreneurial activity can also be a force for good.
The B is a 'B' instead of a 'BE' because it's inspired by our heritage and founding partners at B Lab and the B Corp movement.
The Scotland CAN B initiative was conceived when B Lab co-founder Bart Houlahan visited Scotland in 2016. Speaking at a Scotland CAN DO assembly, Bart asked "How might an entire nation learn to be, think, and behave like a B Corp?".
In true Scottish form we accepted this challenge, and two years later the first nationwide programme to measure what matters was born, through a unique partnership between B Lab UK and the Scottish Government.
Today, drawing on the rich heritage of B Lab's Impact Assessment tools and community of certified B Corps as leading case studies; the Scotland CAN B initiative looks beyond B Corp certification to ask – "How might we build a nationwide culture of business as a force for good?".
With this mission as our framing, it's clear that all Scottish businesses have a vital role to play. So whilst we champion certified B Corps and the rigorous standards of social and environmental accountability they achieve, we believe that every business across Scotland has an obligation to better understand, measure and manage their impact, and are therefore leveraging B Lab's expertise and tools to engage all Scottish businesses towards impact awareness and accountability.
The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon launched Scotland CAN B at Impact Summit in 2018, with the aim of catalysing a fundamental shift in the nation's approach to business. The Scottish Government's Enterprise and Innovation Division currently provide the core funding for the Scotland CAN B programme.
Scotland CAN B was conceived as a sister initiative to Scotland CAN DO (hence the name!) – bringing together the nation's vision to become a world-leading entrepreneurial and innovative society, with a commitment to use business as a force for good.
Today Scotland CAN B work in close collaboration with the CAN DO Collective to help the 60+ enterprise support leaders and organisation partners understand, measure and leverage their collective impact for good.
Just as Scotland CAN B emerged as a place-based nationwide response to catalysing economic systems change, on the other side of the globe in South America the Cities +B team were building a movement of cities actively engaging citizens across sectors to engage in sustainable development at the city scale.
Over the last years we have formed a knowledge partnership and exchange between the two initiatives as we endevour to support one another in building systemic approaches to local and global challenges, which draw upon B Lab and business for good heritage.
As part of this partnership, in 2019 the Scotland CAN B team supported a successful collaborative bid between Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce and Edinburgh Napier Business School for Edinburgh to become one of the first European Cities CAN B.
The Impact Journey is Scotland CAN B's 6 module methodology to support business to understand, define, measure, manage and improve their impact.
You can find more information and a full breakdown of the 6 Impact Journey modules here on our Impact Trainings page.