Evaluation Tasks

  • Miriam Davidovic

    Organizer
    August 31, 2021 at 2:16 pm

    Shah Hemp provided financial documentation (2020 Audit) as part of their B Corp evaluation process on August 31st, as confirmed by the attached screenshot.

  • Miriam Davidovic

    Organizer
    August 31, 2021 at 2:16 pm

    Operational Highlights

    Feedback from B Corp:

    B Lab Staff

    2021-08-16, 11:36 pm

    “We’ve added a list of material questions to your Verification Report. Please comment on two questions from each Impact Area (Governance, Workers, etc…) with your rationale. For each selected answer, include what the practice or policy is, to whom it applies, and when it was implemented. For more guidance, click here. If there are no available questions in a given Impact area, nothing is required from you in the Impact Area. Once you complete this task, please leave a comment here to notify us. We will then assign you to an analyst to move to the next step in the process. This task must be completed within 90 days or the Review will be closed, meaning any information shared with us will be archived and a new assessment will be created for you to update and re-submit when you are able to pursue the B Corporation Certification.”

    The first step initiated on August 31st was the preparation of a Board Charter and the publication of 1. A Board Resolution related to Governance standards and 2. The Stakeholder Engagement Policy.

    Material impact areas have been added to the Shah Hemp evaluation and verification dashboard. Based on these areas, Impact Themes will be created to track Shah Hemp progress.

    A draft Board Charter has been attached and is under review by Nivedita Bansal.

  • Miriam Davidovic

    Organizer
    September 3, 2021 at 11:35 am

    The IRIS Metrics that Shah Hemp is currently utilizing for the company’s 2021 interim impact report are:

    *a sample of progress according to (OI3601) – Shah Hemp’s Employee Handbook which addresses Feedback and Grievance mechanisms, is attached.

    Environmental Impact

    Greenhouse Gas Emissions Mitigated (OI5951)

    Amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions mitigated by the organization during the reporting period. This should include GHG emissions reductions from direct and indirect sources.

    Community Impact

    Purchase Contracts (PI9988)

    Number of contracts/purchase agreements that the organization holds for purchase of its products/services. Report contracts fulfilled and outstanding as of the end of the reporting period.

    Average Supplier Agriculture Yield: Total (PI2046)

    Average agricultural yield per hectare of individuals who sold to the organization (supplier individuals) during the reporting period.

    Workers Impact

    Employees Trained (OI4229)

    Number of employees (full-time, part-time, or temporary) who were trained through programs provided by the organization (both internally and externally) during the reporting period.

    Employee Training Hours (OI7877)

    Number of training hours provided for employees (full-time, part-time, or temporary) during the reporting period.

    Employee Training Costs (OI7390)

    Value of the costs incurred by the organization as a result of training provided to employees (full-time, part-time, or temporary) during the reporting period.

    Employee Training and Transition Programs Offered (OI3368)

    Describe the type and scope of programs implemented and assistance provided during the reporting period to upgrade employee skills.

    Employee Feedback and Grievance System (OI3601)

    Indicate whether the organization has in place a grievance mechanism to receive formal employee complaints and provide remedy, and an established procedure and/or committee to receive and handle employee feedback.

    Social/Environmental Key Performance Indicators

    – We measure KPIs/metrics or outputs that we have identified and defined in order to determine if we are achieving our social and environmental objectives

    – We measure social and environmental outcomes over time (examples: 3rd-party impact assessments, progress out of poverty indexing, beneficiary outcome surveys, etc.)

    Shah Hemp utilizes the RAZ platform (https://razfinance.io) and customized dashboard at http://shah.razfinance.io to track company progress according to specific Impact Themes and Initiatives that manage action steps and stakeholder verification events over time.

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  • Miriam Davidovic

    Organizer
    September 3, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    Healthcare Coverage

    What percentage of employees is eligible for health care benefits either through company or government plan?

    95%+

    Supplementary Health Benefits

    What benefits does your company provide to all full-time tenured workers to supplement government programs?

    The following details on pages 4 and 5 of the Shah Hemp Employee Handbook have been verified:

    All full-time employees receive the following benefits:

    private free medical consultation and subsidised services in addition to the usual contributions paid by the employer for government-provided healthcare;

    all of the above benefits shall be extended to the employee’s spouse, whether legally married or in a long term committed partnership, defined as being partners living together in the same home for a minimum of 12 continuous months, or partners who are parents of a child and reside in the same home. the above considerations apply irrespective of the gender or gender expression of the partners;

    all of the above benefits shall be extended to the employee’s dependent children, biological, adopted, or in the temporary care and guardianship of the employee, including children under the age of 18 years, and children over the age of 18 years who are students and unemployed, as well as children over the age of 18 years who require additional support and assistance due to a medically-recognized disability or ongoing health-related challenge.

    Benefits for both full-time and part-time employees

    All part-time and full-time employees become eligible for supplemental benefits following 6 months of continuous employment.

    Employees receive the following benefits following 6 months of continuous employment:

    Private free medical consultation, subsidised treatment, psychological counselling in addition to the usual contributions paid by the employer for government-provided healthcare

    the above benefits shall be extended to the employee’s spouse, whether legally married or in a long-term committed partnership, defined as being partners living together in the same home for a minimum of 12 continuous months, or partners who are parents of a child and reside in the same home. The above considerations apply irrespective of the gender or gender expression of the partners.

    all of the above benefits shall be extended to the employee’s dependent children, biological, adopted, or in the temporary care and guardianship of the employee, including children under the age of 18 years, and children over the age of 18 years who are students and unemployed, as well as children over the age of 18 years who require additional support and assistance due to a medically-recognized disability or ongoing health-related challenge.

  • Miriam Davidovic

    Organizer
    September 3, 2021 at 12:22 pm

    Feedback and Complaint Channels

    Products and/or websites feature customer service contact information
    Support is provided online through the company’s website at: https://shahhempinnoventures.com/expression-of-interest

    Product / service reviews are made available in their entirety to public
    Reviews are made public on the website as part of the B2B shop https://shahhempinnoventures.com/shop/ and on each product page

    Company responds to all direct inquiries or complaints within a month of receipt
    The company responds to email inquiries/contract form requests within 48 hours of receipt

    Company offers live time support to customers
    Live-time support is provided by phone and WhatsApp by Nivedita Bansal, Chief Operating Officer

    @Nemanja please verify and confirm that review functionality has been updated on the website, and that improved customer service and contact features have been added.

  • Miriam Davidovic

    Organizer
    September 3, 2021 at 1:55 pm

    Spending on Local Suppliers

    What percentage of your company’s expenses (excluding labor) was spent with independent suppliers local to the company’s headquarters or relevant facilities in the last fiscal year?

    60%+

    The attached Cost of Goods sold statement for 2021 and 2020 highlights the following:

    Materials Purchase – Local (in Rupees)

    2021: 183,095

    2020: 1,145,007

    Natural Materials

    2021: 532,279

    2020: 825,350

    Total local materials:

    2021: 715,374

    2020: 1,970,357

    Compared to total cost of goods sold:

    2021: 833,264

    2020: 2,823,996

    Local material percentages for the years recorded were:

    2021: 86%

    2020: 70%

    @margaret please confirm and verify.

    • Margaret Mondlane

      Stakeholder
      September 3, 2021 at 1:58 pm

      @Miriam I have verfied that the calcuation for the percentage of company expenses spent on independent local suppliers is correct.

  • Miriam Davidovic

    Organizer
    September 3, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    Local Ownership

    Is the majority (over 50%) of the company’s ownership located locally to at least two-thirds of the company’s workforce?

    The company’s sole owner/shareholder, Dhiraj K. Shah, is a citizen of Nepal and resides in the same local village where the majority of the workforce resides as well. Mr. Shah’s Nepalese passport was viewed and verified as part of the B Corp evaluation process. Additional information will be provided by Shah Hemp confirming Mr. Shah’s address in relation to the company’s address.

    • Margaret Mondlane

      Stakeholder
      September 3, 2021 at 2:04 pm

      I verify that this information was added to their B Corp Assessment and to confirm validity a scanned passport of Mr Shah was provided.

  • Miriam Davidovic

    Organizer
    September 3, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    Sourcing % raw materials from Local Suppliers

    What % of the following was spent with suppliers located within 200 miles (or 322 km) of where the end product was used during the last fiscal year?

    Raw materials (in currency terms) grown or harvested

    By company or local independent suppliers.

    30%+

    According to the attached Cost of Goods sold document, amounts spent (in Rupees) on local Natural Materials were:

    2021: 532,279

    2020: 825,350

    Compared to the total cost of goods sold:

    2021: 833,263

    2020: 2,823,996

    Local raw/natural materials for the years recorded were:

    2021: 65%

    2020: 30%

  • Margaret Mondlane

    Stakeholder
    September 3, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    @Miriam this has been reviewed

  • Miriam Davidovic

    Organizer
    September 6, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    The area as per the attached photograph is where Shah Hemp maintains clearly marked bins for recycling and reuse. The workspace is where materials are reused on-site and transformed into products.

    The attached product image is an example of the types of products Shah Hemp creates from upcycled waste. These cushions are made from excess hemp fiber which is a by-product of the Shiv Craft manufacturing process.

  • Miriam Davidovic

    Organizer
    September 6, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    % of Reusable/Recyclable Materials

    What % of material (by volume) is made of recyclable (and labeled as such) or biodegradable materials in the areas where they are sold (product + packaging)?

    50-74%

    From the onset of their business operations, Shah Hemp has worked to create innovative solutions for the upcycling of wild-grown hemp plants that would otherwise be burned or discarded as part of land clearing initiatives. As hemp fiber itself is a naturally biodegradable material, all of their sustainable construction projects and solutions are therefore biodegradable: https://shahhempinnoventures.com/shivcrete/

    More information about the reusability and recyclability of their consumer products is available here: https://shahhempinnoventures.com/shivcraft/

  • Nemanja Tomanovic

    Stakeholder
    September 14, 2021 at 8:01 am

    @Miriam the review functionality has been updated. Contact options are checked and they work properly.

  • Miriam Davidovic

    Organizer
    October 17, 2022 at 11:26 am

    Upload Standardized Documentation

    Download the Verification template. Once you have completed the Employee and Supplier information tabs, upload the spreadsheet.

    The company’s income statement (i.e. Profit and Loss)

    The company’s Employee Handbook (if it has one)

    The company’s Supplier Code of Conduct or screening criteria (if it has one).

  • Miriam Davidovic

    Organizer
    October 17, 2022 at 11:29 am

    Here is the full Supplier Code of Conduct which is publicized on the Shah Hemp Innoventures website: https://shahhempinnoventures.com/supplier-code-of-conduct/