Kester Black supports: Dumbo Feather.

Dec 12 2017

Dumbo Feather is a leader in social awareness and sustainability. AND they're also B-Corp certified - just like us!

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At Kester Black we are dedicated to creating positive change in the world. That’s why we’ve built social and environmental sustainability into every practice and process of our business. Our Kester Black Supports series shines a light on other individuals, businesses, and charities that are also going the distance to ensure our global future is a bright one.

If you haven’t heard of Dumbo Feather, it’s a platform that allows people from all over the globe to share their journeys and opinions. Founded by Kate Bezar in 2003, then handed over in 2011 to Berry Liberman, the publication has grown from indie news mag to major international literary publication in a few short years.

We spoke to the leaders at Dumbo Feather to find out a bit more about what they do.

What’s a B Corporation?

B Corps use business to create a positive social and environmental impact on our world. Qualifying for B Corp isn’t easy. Each company has to pass a rigorous test that assesses governance, transparency, environmental and social impact. As a result, B Corps volunteer to hold themselves to a higher level of accountability. That’s right, B Corps are the good guys.

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What made Dumbo Feather take an interest in B-Corp Certification?

As a leadership team, we've long been interested in redefining what success means in business, and outlining the social and environmental responsibility a business has to its customers and to the planet. The B Corp certification completely aligned with these values, so we got on board!

What does sustainability mean to Dumbo Feather?

Sustainability is at the core of everything we do. In our interviews, we seek out wisdom on how to build a more resilient world, and often this involves changing the way we interact with our communities and our planet. Sustainability is about more than the environment – it’s a way of thinking about our economy, our government, our relationships and our own mental health.

What has been the most rewarding part the journey so far?

We’ve had some incredible conversations with our heroes (David Suzuki, Gloria Steinem, and Susan Carland to name a few), but our most rewarding moments are those where we get to hear from and meet with our community. Whether it’s through our annual reader survey or at one of our events with The School of Life, we love hearing about the impact that Dumbo Feather has on the world.

Let's talk design. What inspires you?

Dumbo Feather’s design is ever-evolving. We love documentary-style photography, and we love conversations that you can get lost in. Our design allows the reader to flick through short essays, sit down with a cup of tea and read a whole conversation, or spend a day in the park and read it cover to cover. We firmly believe in keeping the soul in our conversations, so we keep all the swears, laughs, and anecdotes. Our style is distinctive and it’s one our readers have come to know and love.

What does the future hold for Dumbo Feather?

We have so many ideas for the future! We will continue to have hard conversations and shine a light on the issues that matter in our magazine, on our website, in our podcast and in our events, and we are exploring new channels to get our message out into the world! Watch this space.