Kosloff Architecture was established in line with the principles of a BCorp as part of our commitment towards building a better, more sustainable business model, that meets the highest standards of accountability in terms of social and environmental performance, and received formal BCorp certification in 2019. We have a clearly defined charitable giving policy which we deliver in partnership with B1G1 that ensures that all of our projects have a broader positive impact on the global community, and we have an staff shareholder scheme which is open to all eligible employees.
Certified B Corporations are leaders of a global movement of people using business as a force for good™. They meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability and aspire to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.
There are more than 2780 Certified B Corporations in over 150 industries and 64 countries with 1 unifying goal – to redefine success in business. The performance standards B Corps™ meet are comprehensive, transparent and verified. They measure a company’s impact on all its stakeholders, not just owners, so that the interests of workers, suppliers, community, customers and the environment are considered. B Corp certification is similar to Greenstar certification for green buildings or Fair Trade certification for coffee.
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Be the Change You Seek
B stands for B the Change, inspired by Gandhi’s famous invocation that we must be the change we seek in the world. It also stands for Better business… Best for the World…and Benefits for all stakeholders. Environmentally sustainable design is a core part of our business and we see the BCorp framework as a natural fit with this and the values of Kosloff Architecture.
Good for Workers
Kosloff Architecture regularly conducts industry wage reviews to ensure we are paying above industry rates. We subsidise professional training and development for all employees, paid volunteer activities, and provide highly flexible work options for our employees, as well as providing 5 weeks annual leave per year. Employee engagement surveys are conducted annually and used to influence a range of areas including policies and procedures.
Good for the Community
We are committed to maximising diversity at all levels of our organisation. Four paid days per year per employee are allocated to undertaking volunteer activities, and we have a formalised charitable giving program based on a percentage of profit. Our procurement policies ensure preference is given to businesses with diverse ownership and commitment to minimum environmental standards.
Good for the Environment
Kosloff Architecture utilises state of the art technology to minimise the need for travel in order to minimise our carbon footprint, and where travel is required, purchase carbon offsets. Our staff work either from home or at carefully selected co-working spaces which have met minimum environmental audit standards, reviewed annually, and we run as a paperless office.
Good for the Long Term
A commitment to sustainable and ethical business forms part of our mission statement, and we believe every project has the potential to deliver a broad range of social and environmental benefits which we work to define with our clients from the outset.
Good to the Core
Environmentally sustainable design is fundamental to every project we undertake, and we have a charitable giving policy that aligns key activities in our business with providing support to a wide range of not for profit projects that provide solutions to social and environmental problems.
Kosloff Architecture calculates its carbon footprint using a tool developed by Carbon Neutral, which assesses emissions from our waste, travel, electricity usage, and premises. Last financial year we produced 30.63 tonnes of CO2, which is equivalent to 2.78 tonnes of CO2 per employee per year. For an office of our size and nature, an average of between 2 and 5 tonnes of CO2 is considered typical.
In line with our goal to be carbon neutral as a practice, we plan to continue to try and reduce this through our operational policies, and in the interim have chosen to offset the entirety of our estimated carbon emissions by providing funding to the Biodiversity Reforestation Carbon Offset program, run by Carbon Neutral. As well as sequestering between 120-180 tonnes of CO2 per hectare of the 50 year lifetime of the project, it goes beyond removing CO2 from the atmosphere by helping to fund habitat restoration and land conservation in Australia with demonstrable economic and social benefit. The project has been independently verified to confirm that 1 carbon credit purchased will result in 1 tonne of CO2 sequestered.
We are also deeply engaged with the architectural community through our ongoing involvement and sponsorship of the bi-annual Kirrill Kosloff Award for Design Excellence in the Bachelor of Architectural Design program at RMIT University, the Australian Institute of Architects’ EMAGN forum, Constructive Mentorship Program, SONA SuperStudio and Open House Melbourne.