At the start of 2022 64% of the U.S. population was living paycheck to paycheck (Lending Club Report). Predatory lending practices create an even greater burden on working Americans as they need access to their income more quickly. Payactiv is working to close that gap by creating Earned Wage Access. Join Benn Marine, Director of Original Content for Dirigo Collective, and Sabina Bhatia, the Chief Customer Officer of Payactiv, as they discuss Payactiv, Earned Wage Access, and why it’s important to be responsibly different.
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I’ve always believed personally and professionally that what you do is important, but how you do it is even more important. From Dirigo Collective, this is Responsibly Different. Sharing stories of certified B Corporations and our journey of joining them in leveraging business as a force for good. Welcome to another episode of the Responsibly Different podcast.
Today, I am so excited to share with you all my conversation with Sabina Bhatia, the Chief Customer Officer for Payactiv. Payactiv has been a certified B Corp since 2015 with a current score of 103.4 and exists to create earned wage access for American workers.
So, what is earned wage access and why is it important? You might be wondering. According to the financial health network, financially stressed Americans pay $170 billion a year in fees while waiting for their next paycheck. That includes $6 billion in payday loan fees, $10 billion in late fees, and $35 billion in bank overdraft fees. And according to New York Times, there are now more payday loan stores in the United States than there are McDonald’s restaurants. Sabina shares with us how expensive being poor truly is, and how Payactiv is working to get that money that workers have earned into their hands faster to alleviate these predatory financial practices.
To kick us off, Sabina, share with us your journey to Payactiv. You’re an accomplished C-suite leader with a ton of experience in the financial sector. I’m just so curious, what got you interested in finance and led you to where you are today?
Benn, thank you so much for having me. I’m so excited to be here. Benn, my finance background goes back about 30 years. So, I actually, spent 20 years on Wall Street in New York City, working at hedge funds as a hedge fund analyst. So, my background does come from finance. The usual, I got my MBA in finance, and just followed that journey.
And then, 2008 happened, and 2008 gave me an opportunity to rethink what I would like to do with all the experience I had gathered on Wall Street, with banks, with hedge funds. And I thought it was an opportunity for me to really fill in that gap of FinTech. I’ve always been fascinated by technology, but I’m not a technologist by career or academically. So, I’m not an engineer, but I appreciate what they do.
And so, to fill that tech background, I decided to move to California with Silicon Valley and its relevance. And I had lived in California once before, so I just love to move back to Silicon Valley. And I came here and I joined Payactiv. My background is also of building startups of all kinds. And so, that’s something I enjoy. And at that point, Payactiv was a startup. So, it was a great opportunity for me to learn more about the technology side of how to combine both finance and technology, and build another organization. Hence, I moved here in 2015 to help build Payactiv.
That’s great. Amazing. And so, what exactly does Payactiv do? How does it work?
Our founder, Dr. Safwan Shah, he invented the category of Earned Wage Access. You’ll also hear it as EWA, but that’s really what it is, Earned Wage Access. And the purpose of Payactiv and our solution is, really to free the American worker from the two-week pay cycle.
So, as the word Payactiv suggests, we activate pay. It’s easily understood by taking an example of the hourly worker. Think about an hourly worker, who comes to work every day. They clock in, they work through the day, and they clock out. They follow that process on a daily basis between a pay period. And then, hits the day they get paid, but they have to wait to get paid even for the hours that they’ve completed.
So, the funds are clogged somewhere. And what Payactiv has done is, we are a technology solution that allows the user, the employee to access a percentage of what they’ve earned, but have been unpaid between pay periods, the main purpose of that being, giving them the liquidity.
So, they don’t have to be exposed to many of those predatory fees, like paid loan fees, overdraft fees, late fees, disconnect fees. Those things that interrupt their day-to-day life, and get them disengaged at work. So, we are a B2B solution. We go through the employer route, and we get a buy-in from the employer who really wants to create a better life for their people. And we give them access to this benefit.
So, it’s the value proposition of the user, I already explained, but for the employer, it’s a huge recruitment retention tool. Today, it’s escalated, right? The problem has been escalated, but employers have to deal with the whole Gen Z population, the gig workers, the freelancers, I can go on. But just in the US, approximately, 36% of the workforce considers themselves to be freelancers, which means turnover is a big issue. Retention becomes a big issue, right?
So, it helps to solve that problem for the employer. So, the employers say, “Stay with me, come work with me. I will give you access to your pay. Your day is done. You can get paid any day.” So, it’s an all-encompassing solution, both for the employer and for the employee.
That’s amazing. And that’s so exciting too. And I think, it’ll be really exciting for folks, especially in the B Corp community, who are always thinking about these types of solutions and how to help their employees. I know a program that’s become popular is like, payment advance, but that’s more of like a loan. So, an employer will grant an employee a loan, and there may or may not be interest attached to that. Banks have to be involved in this whole thing.
So, for employers that are like, “Oh, this is an even better solution than that.” One of the things… And then, I imagine this comes up as a question. I know sometimes, like timesheets have to be verified or whatever, by a manager or something like that. Are employers still able to verify, “Oh, yup, they were here. They showed up, they worked.” And yes, they can access those funds, or what does it look on the user side for the employer?
Yeah. I love the fact that you talked about timesheets because before I started here, when I actually learned a lot about technology that I always appreciated, this is a generation of time, attendance, data, everything is automated. So, we work very closely with a laundry list of payroll systems and time attendance systems.
So, we have integrated solutions where we get confirmed day-to-day hours on employees every day. So, and what they access is really what they’ve worked. So, the hours are verified on a daily basis. And sometimes, two, three times a day, because like a hospital system might have six different shifts, right? A warehouse might have more than two shifts.
So, we get that data on an automated fashion and we ingest the system. And then, we convert that data, that time that has been punched in and punched out by the employee. We convert that to the liquidity that they can access. So, going back, we are a technology solution that converts time into the liquidity that they can access. So, it’s a very easy process. We’ve gotten employers live in three to five business days. And the data that we ask for, is the data that the employer already uses to process payroll.
So, there really isn’t much of a change for the employer, which of course, the employer loves. In addition to that, it is a zero-cost solution for the employer. So, if you think about it, we don’t charge the employer anything. If we can help the employer keep even one employee, we’ve actually saved them a lot of money, right? So, the ROI for our benefit to the employer is infinite. We are actually helping them make money and save money. So, that’s how it essentially works.
Oh, that’s amazing. So, it sounds like it’s not a replacement for payroll, but more like working in tandem with whatever payroll service they might already have.
Exactly. Excellent way of addressing is, we are not replacing anything, which really allows us to get the benefit in the hands of the employees in a few business days. It’s just an add up.
That’s amazing. And I’m curious, are there certain sectors that you’ve seen, this is the most helpful for, or it tends to be the most successful within?
So, yes, there are some sectors that are more popular than the others, but really, we are going to talk about B Corps today, right? We are going to talk about social responsibility, social mission, purpose. For us, our client is our user. So, irrelevant to the size of the organization, the industry sector, we will serve all then. Because we are trying to make an impact on our user base. Once we have that impact, it’s a positive experience for the employer, for communities, and so on.
So, when you talk about sectors, yes, talk about any sector that has an hourly workforce. We are there. So, retail is big. Logistics is big. Call centers are huge. But we also have several banks, and we serve their tellers who are hourly workers. And there are also credit unions that are our business. There are retail firms that are our business.
So, we serve businesses across the board. It is definitely more popular in organizations that have a large hourly force, but let’s not forget the median income of our hourly workforce is about $37,000 a year. That barely gets you through the livelihood needs, the day-to-day needs.
Along with them come supervisors and managers of the hourly workforce that might be salaried, but they don’t make enough to get by, right? So, we will serve all, not just the hourly workforce, but we believe if you earned it, and if you need it, you should be able to access your hours, period.
Yes. I love that. You mentioned B Corp and mission, and all of those things, let’s just go there. Let’s jump right in. I know you mentioned early on earned wage access, can you dive a little bit deeper into that and unpack that concept for us, and how folks can be thinking about the importance of that in their own mission work as B Corps and organizations?
Sure. So, I’ve always believed personally and professionally that what you do is important, but how you do it is given more important, right? So, how we do it is by being a B Corp. B Corp is important to us. Conscious capitalism is important to us. And we can do deep dives on B Corp, but I don’t believe that is what our purposes today.
Our purpose is us really to explain, why we are doing it the way we do it. And there are, of course, every level of B Corp is important, but today we have a score of 103.4. So, let’s start by saying that we are there. We are meeting standards. But if you take a look at an entire impact assessment, I would put the governance piece that the B Corp status is the highest level of commitment for a certified B Corp, right? That it ensures that our mission will survive as we scale. Not just that, but our investors are fully committed into that mission.
So, we have the backing and the commitment. Now, in addition to that is really how we look at our customer base and what impact we are making. Today, Payactiv has saved over 2 million oddly workers, nearly a billion dollars in penalties. And I do want to talk about that because that is really the big impact that we are making. So, allow me to talk to you a little bit about the user base and the impact that we are making.
So, here’s the reality check, right? In order to fill smaller gaps of $100, $80, $90 between paychecks, that liquidity, costly fees are paid. An overdraft fee, just an overdraft fee alone could be $35. But when they don’t have those funds, where does our user base go? If they don’t have access to Payactiv, right?
We run tons of surveys and here are the results. They always say that numbers and stories are easy to remember and believe. When we ran a survey, 44% said that they would have to borrow from friends and family, but that is not easy. You and I know that is not easy. How shameful it is for me to go to my parents, to my family, to my friends and say, “Hey, you know what? I need $80 to get through today.” That’s a tough call. And it’s not a good situation to be in. About 30% said that they would have to go to payday loans.
Some of the APRs on payday loans have no caps. So, a user could be paying back thousands of dollars just to borrow a couple of hundred dollars. And out of the user base, you talk about that $35 over fee. That’s 27% of them are paying, just overdraft fees. So, I’ve just put in a couple of fees there to mention. But if you actually, add all the predatory fees that our user base could be paying, it’s close to about $250 billion wasted on fees like that paid by our people every year.
Just give them access to whatever they’ve earned. Only what they’ve earned. This is not loan. This is not an advance. You’re not accessing it early. Just give them those few hundred dollars, so they don’t have to pay all these fees. They show up to work on time. They’re excited. They start saving instead of spending all that money on fees, put that money into a savings account, or use it for emergencies. Use it for family vacation, have a good Thanksgiving. If you’re hardworking, you deserve all those things.
So, that is how we are doing it. That is the impact that we are making. But when we speak to employers and after this, I’ll pause because I’ve been speaking for a while and you’re very quiet and you’re just listening, which makes me wonder, you’re going to ask me some difficult questions. But when we speak to employers, employers tell us that, okay, once they fulfill at earn wage access need, well, what’s next, right? We want them to grow. We want them to be excited to be able to save.
So, you must provide us a more holistic benefit. So, that’s exactly what our platform does. EWA is a piece of it. It is the start to the journey for our user. In addition to that, we provide the multiple discounts that they can use for their day-to-day needs of transportation, grocery. They can get gas discounts on our platform. A gas discount, 10, 15 cents off a gallon of gas. They can get access to prescription discounts. Just the day-to-day needs. But along with that, we have goal-based savings.
So, we have many other services within our platform, like accessing an Uber ride. You don’t have to worry about the going into an Uber app and putting your card. And what if you have a card that has no funds in it, how are you going to take an Uber ride? Right? You can have a thousand dollars in your pocket and cash. You cannot take an Uber ride if you don’t have a car to put in there.
But from our app, they can grab an Uber ride and show up at work, which is where the users journeys start. Now, I have income because I’m able to show up at work and work. So, this is after the feedback we got from employers that we expanded our platform. And last but not the lease, we’ve also built a piece of the platform that’s called connect, that connects the employer to their hourly workforce, that community link. Because we need a buy-in from the employer.
And given the way we are doing these things and the impact that we are making, the employer is there to care for their people and say, I want to solve the problem for you because now, I have this platform that allows me to do it and see the impact.
Absolutely. I’m curious too, so speaking of all of those predatory fees and things, and I’ll totally own myself, I struggled with credit card debt for a long time. I wonder how, I mean, and some of those fees are like 20%, 25%. I mean, up to 29.99%. I’m curious, have you seen a lot of folks turning to credit cards and some of the way that those can also be financially crippling? Did that show up in that research at all?
It’s there, absolutely. It’s there, the credit card fees are there, but do remember that if you don’t have access to your finances and you don’t have the opportunity to have the right credit scores and the ability to get credit, not everyone has a credit card.
Sometimes, I feel it’s a good thing, right? They don’t, because you should really just have access to your hard-earned work. So, credit cards don’t become a huge problem. The problem that we face, all these predatory fees that lead to overdrafts, disconnect fees, administration fees, things like that. Not having access to your utilities, not being able to have access to food and transportation. So, it’s not easy for them to get a credit card. What really happens is, they borrow from family or they go to payday loan places, just the way I addressed earlier.
Basically, additional expense just for being poor, not having access to finance, right? I mean, that’s what it sounds like it comes down to.
Yeah. I mean, it’s very expensive to be poor. If you take what is estimated for 2021, it’s approximately $250 billion in these fees and interests. In 2019, it was $189 billion. And what are they made up of? 73% are your personal loans or credit card, just the way you asked, 73% personal loans or credit cards, 17%, and you’re going to be shocked, money orders, check cashing, or bill payment services. Because if you are underbanked means, you have a few $100 in your bank account, your bank is not going to give you the ability for online bill bank, free checks, things like that.
So, what do you have to do is, you have to go to one of these check cashing places, or get a money order, or actually, go to these check cashing places to pay a bill. Then, what happens is, that they pay a fee to pay a bill. That makes no sense. I’m already paying my bill on time, why are you charging me a fee to pay my bill on time? Right?
But 17% of those fees go towards that. And then, 5% will go towards payday loans, pawnshops, tax refund, anticipation loans, and you’ll see some of that now that we going into April. And then, they go to these car places, auto loan places, and you get rent-to-own or auto title loans, things like that.
So, all this put together makes about $250 billion. And if you think about the things that I mentioned, those things can be avoided by just giving them access to about a hundred bucks, every payroll period, that’s it.
Wow. That’s amazing.
That’s what makes it expensive to be poor. I’ll give you another example, which day-to-day life, or you’ll totally get it. You have an option to buy a pack of 24 paper towel rolls from Costco, okay, that’s going to cost you, whatever 25 bucks. But you have to afford to pay 70, 80 bucks for the membership on an annual basis. And you have to afford to pay $25 just for the paper rolls, okay.
Now, your alternative is, I’m going to walk into one of those little mom and pop shops, in a low strip mall, and I’m going to pay $4 for one paper roll that could have cost me 89 cents in Costco, but what is cheaper? The membership fee and 25 bucks? Or four bucks, and I got one paper roll and I got buy through the day?
So, the amount I pay per unit is so much higher because I cannot afford to pay $25 plus $65 or $70. So, once again, it became very expensive for me just because I did not have the funds in Costco. So, those little, little things happen and people don’t think about it, but that is how they’re solving their problems.
Which I feel like compounds the issue of how do folks… I feel like in America, we have this like, pull yourself up by your bootstrap’s mentality, right? And the reality is, a lot of folks don’t have access to be able to do that before these very reasons, right? That, that the ability to accumulate wealth is challenging because of these financial barriers.
I’m curious, how can folks that are listening, what are things that aside from also reaching out to Payactiv and seeing how they can get involved with you all, what are some policies that business owners can use to help with this issue?
I’ll start by saying that all of us in the B Corp community. We are all following the best practices assigned. You have a buy-in from us, and the community. I think the first thing we need to do is, all of the B Corps need to support one another, every B Corp, whether it’s Patagonia or it’s a freedom, just throwing in the brands that I’m familiar with. Need to step up and say, “I can solve this problem.” The liquidity issue by providing EWA to my people.
It is the right thing to do because I don’t want the $250 billion wasted in this economy. Why don’t they use that money, take the liquidity and throw it back into the economy that they are helping us build. These hourly workers are helping us build our economy. Let them inject that liquidity into the economy, and I’m going to stand up, and I’m going to support one other B Corp for what they have created.
I’m telling you, if I had the choice to buy a jacket from some organization versus Patagonia, I’ll walk into Patagonia because I know my money is being put to good. So, I think that is just the start. We at Payactiv are supporting the mission. We are growing with the best practices assigned to us. We are being measured by a third party on a regular basis to make sure that we are doing the right thing. So, I think the first step forward is let’s all come together and support each of the businesses. That’s where I would start.
That makes a lot of sense. And speaking of B Corp certification, as you mentioned, you all have a score of a 103.4. You’ve been certified since 2015. How did you all find B Corp certification? And what about, it is something that feels most valuable to you all?
So, I will say that we didn’t start as a B Corp. Our social mission, the impact that we are making to be a business for good, to have a purpose, that’s in our DNA. We started with that, way before we became a B Corp. So, that was already in our DNA. And then, we thought that to actually, have a third-party come and help us with best practices and build that community and spread the word would be an upside.
So, that’s really the path we followed. And today, we believe, businesses have the power, the influence, to do the right. We can make an impact on communities. So, we are now growing with that trifecta impact on our mind. Let’s take care of our client user. That impact we will see in the economy, and we will see the impact on our business. But we need to start there.
I’ll give you another example as to why we say, we need to start there, and why the liquidity is important, and why we need to solve this problem, okay. And I’ll also admit, I tell everyone, I do not want to talk about the pandemic anymore. I am tired about talking about the pandemic. Can we please move forward? Let’s not…
Blame the Corona there.
Let’s not blame it for everything. So, I just wrench out of water, but it’s because of the pandemic, let’s just stop, okay. So, but I have to say that when the pandemic happened, people talk about that one vaccine that you and I bought. But there was actually, two vaccines that were provided to the people. One was really, your vaccine for the virus, to make yourself better, to make yourself healthy. But there was another vaccine that was given to our people, and that was the stimulus check. And that stimulus check got people buy in.
So, what we did during the pandemic was to try and solve that financial problem. Then, the whole definition of the essential worker grew and changed during the pandemic. So, today the person who comes and drops off your Amazon package, the caregiver who’s taking care of our elderly, the hospital staff that takes care of us when we go in there, someone who’s working in a warehouse, the person at a grocery store, they are all essential workers.
So, providing that stimulus check, got them going. But these are the people who kept our economy running during the pandemic. We have to help them participate in that economy that they’ve helped us build. So, that is where our head is. And that is where our heart is in our business.
That’s amazing. That makes so much sense. If someone’s listening to this, and they’re like, “Oh, my gosh, that sounds amazing. I want to use Payactiv,” what’s the best? Should they just go to your website? Or how do they learn more?
Sure. Our website is there, its payactiv.com. There is no E in Payactiv. But even better, if you want to learn more about what we are doing in a bigger way, even be on just EWA, you can go to our… We have our film, which is, itsaboutimethefilm.com. And you can learn a lot more about Payactiv, the impact that we are making and the support that we have from other organizations, academic staff of universities and organizations, data-centric studies that have been done to see the impact, so they can learn a lot more from that website.
That’s amazing. And I’m curious, what advice do you have for other folks that are more generally looking to use business as a force for good?
You have the power. We tell HR, they are not just human resources. They are the source to make the change. Let’s step up as a community, and make that change. It is very gratifying. You’ll see the impact immediately. And you started by talking about my journey, coming from spending 20 years at hedge funds, which was a beautiful journey.
And, but I served a different audience. And today, I can see the impact on a day-to-day basis into the audience I served because I speak to users every day. So, that would be my advice. But once again, what you do is important, but how you do it is very important.
I’m curious, what has been some of the most rewarding moments of this work for you?
Some great stories. A user telling us that, “I didn’t get evicted because I was short $135. I paid that $135 and I have a home.” Another user saying that, “It is a Sunday, and I don’t have to worry about my food for the next one week, but I’m going to go to work and pay for transportation also.” Another user telling me that, “My child had an emergency at 2:30 a.m. And I didn’t have to worry about taking my child to an emergency room by grabbing an Uber ride. And I didn’t have to worry about which card is linked to an Uber account and whether there’s money in there or not.” They went into our app, they grabbed an Uber ride and took their child to emergency room.
So, really taking care of food, try transportation, emergencies, you hear those stories. And you’re like, “Oh, my God, that’s it. It was just a hundred bucks? That’s all.” And then, over and above that, the whole dignity issue, right? Never have to go to your friends and family to ask for money, never. We all know how difficult that is. It doesn’t matter what you do, who you are. It’s shameful to have to do that.
And so, when you hear those stories, you skip a heartbeat, you get goosebumps. Oh, my God, I actually did that? So, I think that is the most gratifying for being part of the Payactiv journey.
Yeah, and I think it’s so important. And the thing too is, I feel like finance is such an important role. I mean, it literally touches everybody’s life, whether you like it or not, like finances are part of your life. But it’s also, I feel like, really hard to wrap your arms around, or at least for me, I feel that way. It’s like, “Oh, shoot. Do you pay debt…” There’s just so much to it. It’s just such a complicated thing. And so, I think to be able to have a service like this out there, that’s helping folks navigate those financial services, it’s just so important. It’s so important.
I’ll tell you, Benn, when I first moved to the US from India, this was right after I finished high school in India, I moved to New York. And now, you’ll know how old I am. I moved to New York in 1990 to start my undergrad. And so, when I started in New York, one of my favorite shows, don’t repeat that. One of my favorite shows used to be Roseanne. I used to watch Roseanne. I don’t know if you watch Roseanne or not.
But I used to watch Roseanne all the time. And it is the quintessential American family trying to get by, just trying to get by. And what Roseanne and her husband Dan used to do, they used to dodge bills constantly, okay. They used to call their utility service and say, “Oh, I’ve sent the check.” So, now that gives them five business days.
Now, they use that money for something else. And then, when those five business days come, by then, they’ve probably gotten a little loan to pay that immediately, to avoid a disconnect notice. And when I used to see the show, I didn’t think much about it. I was still young. I was growing up. I didn’t know what I was doing. For me, it was just trying to get used to what the American culture is like, because I had come from a developing country. And for me to see that was, “Oh, it happens here too.”
So, to think that, now I understand what that life is like. So, in the US, one of the richest countries in the world, there is a third-world country in the belly of America that lives like that. And we need to solve the problem. How is it that in the richest country in this world, the most powerful country in this world about 46% of the workforce lives like this, how was that acceptable? But we can’t solve all the problems. But I think what we are doing here at Payactiv is a start. So, we would love more support from the B Corp community.
What drew you to finance? Has it always been your trajectory of, how can I help people in finance? Or was it more evolutionary?
So, when I first came into the US, I actually, came to become a lawyer. And so, but for whatever reason, I was in New York City. My school was a block from Wall Street and I was completely enamored by everything that happens on Wall Street, the power, the finance, the impact, things like that.
So, I decided to go down the route of finance. But then, as I grew in the finance community, I learned about the changes I can make and the things I could do with my knowledge. I obviously, did not go in with a 10-bullet plan. As I grew in, in the community, I understood the power of the knowledge that I had.
So, when I started at Payactiv, I already understood that whole predatory loan problem that we deal with. And the fact that my past 20 years really, wasn’t serving, finding a solution for that $250 billion. I was maybe, part of the problem. But it’s great knowledge to have and say, “Oh, my God, I can do all these things with everything I’ve learned.”
So, as you grow, you say, “These are the things I can do, and these are the things I need to stop doing.” Right? And so, I used my knowledge and the things that I’ve learned in the past with, at great organizations, with great bosses. And the great intel that I had on Wall Street to come and make an impact over here.
That’s amazing. And I feel like that’s such an important story because for so many people, there’s a lot of feeling of guilt of like, “Oh, my gosh, this work I’ve done for 20, 30 years isn’t… I learned a thing. And now, oh, my gosh, all this work I’ve done isn’t having the impact I hoped it would, or maybe I’m creating more harm than good than I realized or whatnot.” And I think what people have to remember is, can always pivot. Just because what you used to do doesn’t mean that’s what you always have to do, right? I’m curious. If you have any advice for folks in making that pivot or rounding that corner?
I’ve always believed that it’s never too late to make a change. I’ve also believed that. And I think I practice it. I believe I practice it. To reinvent yourself, there’s nothing wrong with that. You’ll also reinvent yourself with what you have from the past. So, you’ve already made use of the past.
So, that is also great. Sometimes, a change is good, right? There’s nothing wrong with change. Change is good. It could be a lot more fun. So, I encourage people to do that. That is something I practice. I do different things every few years and I grow through that, and it expands my opportunity base. So, if someone is hesitant, “Hey, give it a shot.” There’s nothing to lose.
That’s amazing. Any parting advice, or final thoughts you want to leave folks with?
Thank you so much for having me. I keep reiterating, just doing what you do is not enough. You have to do it the right way. You have to do it the right way. And so, for us to go by the best practices of the B Corp, keeps us in check. And we like that. And I would say, I encourage all other B Corps to learn from one another and grow from one another and support each other’s businesses.
Thank you so much for tuning in to the Responsibly Different podcast. As always, I’ve got relevant links for you in the show notes, including The Film, It’s About TIME, which I highly recommend you check out. It’s only 15 minutes long and you can stream it right from the show notes. It is a really well-done documentary that is eye opening and put some great context around the conversation we had with Sabina.
Also, today is March 31st, International Transgender Day of Visibility. For listeners new to the show, this feels like a great time to share with you all that I, Benn Marine, am a transgender man. That means I was assigned female at birth and identify and move through the world as a man. If you want to learn more about how you can be a better ally to the transgender community, I recommend checking out the episode we put together on pronouns, which will also be linked to in the show notes. And to my fellow trans folks in the audience, Happy Transgender Day of Visibility.
A quick update on our B Corp journey. We’re officially in the verification process and are hoping to be certified this summer. For folks wondering about the process, after you submit your B Impact Assessment, when it’s your turn and you come up in the queue and I would caution to definitely be patient. We were in the queue for about a year. You’ll get assigned in evaluation analyst. Think of this as your pre-flight check, if you will. They do an overview of your documents.
And if after that process, you’re still above 80 points, you get advanced to verification. We just got advanced into verification only a week or so ago. So, as we learn more about the process, I’ll be sure to share that with you all. If you have question, of course, certainly, reach out to us, happy to support you all in any way that we can. Swing by the responsiblydifferent.com site and drop us a note in the contact form.
Thank you for tuning in, and thank you for all the work that you were doing out in the universe. We’re all in this together. Until next time, be responsibly different.This is a production of Dirigo Collective. To learn more about Dirigo Collective, head on over to dirigocollective.com. That’s D-I-R-I-G-O collective.com. This episode was hosted and produced by yours truly, Benn Marine. To learn more about Responsibly Different and discover all the other content we have for you, head on over to responsiblydifferent.com.
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