B Corp Champion - Megan Wiles

In this new series, we introduce our B Corp Champions. Spread across all teams and sectors these dedicated individuals share their knowledge on B Corp, to not only improve practices in our own firm, but to help others implement their own changes.

For this edition, we introduce Megan Wiles solicitor in our Dispute Resolution team.

Can you tell us why you wanted to become a B Corp Champion and how it fits in with your role at Stephens Scown?

As a solicitor within our Inheritance and Trust Disputes team, I consider a pivotal limb of B Corp is that which centres around the person. We often work with clients who are confronted with one of the toughest challenges in their life, be that losing a family member or friend, or splitting from a partner and dividing up assets. When this stressful situation is combined with a dispute or disagreement, the negative impact is far-reaching.

I sought to become a B Corp Champion to explore what further support we could provide to clients on a human level to assist them in these difficult scenarios. The culture of the firm is to provide a service which goes beyond legal advice and technical support, and becoming a B Corp Champion enabled me to do just that.

What changes have you seen within your team/sector since becoming a B Corp?

As a team we are in the process of developing structures and frameworks to provide all-encompassing people centred support. Working within such a forward-thinking firm has assisted greatly, as innovative ideas are constantly being shared in order that we can better ourselves on a firm, team and individual level.

We are also concentrating our thinking on the planet element of B Corp, and considering innovative ways in order to minimise our impact and adopt more sustainable practices. This will include greener litigation clauses, and soft but encouraging obligations on parties to consider the planet in working practices.

Whilst adopting more explorative approaches in some respects, our other practices remain deeply ingrained to include the smaller wins such as minimising printing, preventing unnecessary electrical use and considering our carbon footprint with travel. As a firm we adopt this approach very well and our individual acts collectively make a big impact, which is transparently documented to ensure adherence to B Corp principles.

Why do you think it’s important for business to consider becoming a B Corp?

Adopting increasingly ethical practices can only be a positive step.

For a business to efficiently operate as a B Corp business, the principles must be woven into that organisation’s DNA. If a business already operates with practices that shares the B-Corp values, then it goes without saying that the B Corp accreditation holds significant value and can showcase that organisation’s commitment to a ‘gold standard’ when approaching purposeful business.

Clients are becoming increasingly aware of the need to balance people planet and profit, and in a competitive market becoming a B Corp business will allow you to stand out and attract alike organisations.

Lastly can you share with us something you do personally at home or at work that has either a positive impact on the environment or wellbeing of others?

As stated above, being part of a B Corp business means you are encouraged to actively engage in and consider the main constitutional pillars and what that means for you as a person, daily.  For me these themes are ever-present in both work and home life, and certainly when it comes to people and ensuring you can be on hand to assist in both good and difficult times.

Equally, I consider it important to be alive to the impact that we as individuals have on the planet. I am interested in reducing this where possible, and for me this means being sustainable when it comes to consumables such as food. My efforts go into my garden, vegetable growing and greenhouse. Whilst it is certainly a work in process, I can’t be criticised for want of trying!