‘Ulula’ means ‘reveal’ in a Southern African language, Chichewa. Today, we are so excited to reveal that we’re officially a certified B Corporation. This designation means that we have joined the community of 3,900+ B Corporations in more than 70 countries and 150 industries around the world that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.
Getting B Corp certified was naturally aligned with Ulula’s core vision which is to help create a world where technology facilitates inclusive social dialogue to ensure workers can achieve a living wage, ensure basic human rights, health and safety standards, access to skills training, and freedom of association. The B Corp certification not only validates the positive impact of our work, but also keeps us accountable to evolving and ambitious environmental, social and governance standards.
The Ulula Origin Story
Ulula was built to amplify previously unheard voices of workers within rural communities where extractive projects were causing violence, displacement, and day to day disruption to community member’s livelihoods. By utilising existing telecommunications infrastructure, Ulula sources insights directly from workers and project affected communities, and equips brands and businesses with real-time data to make informed decisions that improve their social, labor, economic and environmental impacts.
Since our founding, we have scaled our presence in the mining sector, and also entered the manufacturing, garment and textile, construction, electronics and agricultural industries to mitigate human rights risks in global supply chains.
A Glimpse into our recent impact
At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ulula worked with businesses and industry associations to respond to the impacts of COVID-19 on the ground, spanning 17 countries and 200,000 workers. Through our remote COVID-19 worker impact assessments, we measured health and safety risks to stakeholders in remote palm oil communities and smallholder farmers in Latin America, established remote worker grievance systems in Southeast Asia, and deployed impact surveys with community members to understand risks of food security, access to PPE and medical support, and more.
So, what are we committing to as we join the B Corp Community?
As we join the community, we’re excited to continue progress in these key areas:
- Enhancing visibility into global supply chains. We provide organizations with multiple accessible channels to connect with their workforce and help them keep their commitments to operate responsibly.
- Help improve working conditions and well-being around the world. Our technology anonymizes worker identity in the feedback process to ensure that workers do not face retaliation for raising valid concerns in the effort towards continuous improvement in workplace conditions.
- Enable businesses to measure progress towards social impact goals. We provide measurable insights to businesses on how they’re performing against key social, environmental and governance indicators to help track progress towards sustainability targets. Whether it’s curating our survey questions to identify instances of labor exploitation or delivering tailored training to workers on new workplace policies, we will help companies measure their advancements and areas for improvement.
We have and always will continue to adapt and support organizations to amplify the voices and needs of workers and communities on the ground to ultimately improve the well-being and working conditions of those that steward our global supply chains.
We’re excited to join a community of like-minded organizations using the power of business to address pressing societal and environmental challenges. We’re proud of the work we’re doing and eager to keep moving forward.