We stand on the shoulders of giants. The movement to redefine success in business didn’t begin and won’t end with B Lab. There are many more significant milestones in B Lab’s short history and many more people and organizations than those mentioned below who have contributed to our collective success. To all, a huge thank you.
July 5, 2006
First official day of full time work at B Lab on what happily ever after becomes known as Inter-dependence Day
Measuring what matters: the first B Impact Assessment
September 15, 2006
On an excel spreadsheet, the first version of what will become the B Impact Assessment is created, synthesizing the best practices in socially responsible business from Ben Cohen and Mal Warwick's SVN book, Betsy Power's work with Natural Capital Institute, and the small company version of the Global Reporting Initiative reporting standards
1st B Corps Certified
June 8, 2007
B Lab coming out party at BALLE National Conference in Berkeley, CA; www.bcorporation.net goes live minutes before 19 original B Corps take the stage
1st Standards Advisory Committee Meeting
September 12, 2007
Independent Standards Advisory Council convenes for the first time, institutionalizing sound governance for future evolution of standards for B Corp certification, GIIRS ratings, and any business that wants to use a free, credible, and useful management tool to benchmark their social and environmental performance
Impact Investing 'Born'
October 5, 2007
1st Rockefeller Foundation gathering in Bellagio, Italy at which the phrase 'impact investing' is born
A New Kind of Company
July 1, 2007
Inc. publishes first feature on B Corps with a strange boy band photo from Method's 'green room'
10 Million Bags of Flour
December 6, 2007
King Arthur Flour becomes first B Corp to put Certified B Corp logo on product - lots of product
If at first you don't succeed...
September 15, 2008
Governor Schawrzenegger vetoes AB2944 due to vigorous opposition from a few friends of the Corporations Committee of the California Bar, setting the stage for 'a new corporate form' at a later date
October 1, 2008
GOOD + B Corps = GOOD Business, a one-time magazine precursor to the B Corp Annual Report and web-based channel on good.is, includes 3 awesome videos that have stood the test of time Watch Videos »
Launch of B Lab's Policy Efforts
February 1, 2008
California Assemblyman Mark Leno responds to request from future benefit corporation legal champion Jonathan Storper of B Corp Hanson Bridgett and agrees to introduce AB2944 to create a constituency statute to permit businesses to consider stakeholder interests
1st Outside Grants to B Lab
February 19, 2008
Rockefeller Foundation's Social Investing Group makes first core support grant to B Lab of $500k to develop 'social capital markets infrastructure', followed shortly by a matching $500k from Halloran Philanthropies as part of their overarching plan 'to create the world we all want'.
1st B Corp Champions Retreat
September 25, 2008
50+ invited champions gather (and eventually get lost until 2:00am) in the high desert 90 minutes from La Jolla, CA
GIIRS and IRIS Conceived
February 9, 2009
Presentation to what will become the GIIN Investors Council (Global Impact Investing Network) outlining the future of two organizations that will become IRIS and GIIRS Ratings & Analytics; Acumen, Rockefeller Foundation and B Lab agree to partner to co-create IRIS (Impact Reporting & Investment Standards)
1st Canadian B Corp
February 19, 2009
Better the World blazes the trail with help from future Canadian partner MaRS and law firm Blake's
"Jamie meet Andrew; Andrew, Jamie."
November 1, 2009
At an IC party in DC at future B Corp Busboys & Poets, champion Jim Epstein introduces Maryland State Senator Jamie Raskin to B Lab and within 30 days the nation's first benefit corporation legislation is introduced
1st B Lab standards partnership
February 12, 2009
Sustainable Business Network of Philadelphia holds first webinar launching partnership requiring all members to complete the B Impact Assessment
"Please hold.": 1st B Corp break proposed
February 25, 2009
Phone rings and a staffer from Philadelphia City Councilmember James Kenney's office says that a press release is planned to go out tomorrow announcing the introduction of legislation to create the nation's first B Corp tax break; legislation passes December 1st thanks to testimony from B Corps Greyston Bakery and Untours and comparative impact data that will later take the form of the B Corp index
July 1, 2010
For the distinction of becoming the nation's first registered benefit corporation, 11 companies -- and one inspiringly aggressive attorney with sharp elbows -- wait outside the offices of the Maryland State Department of Assessment and Taxation on the legislation's effective date
$1 million... dollars!
September 1, 2010
Cumulative savings for B Corps through service partnerships crosses $1MM mark
B Corp ad campaign launches
September 1, 2010
The generosity of Ogden Publications, Care2.com, Sustainable Industries, and BBMG helps B Lab launch ad campaign that has 96% of consumers saying 'I'm going to look for these B Corps the next time I go shopping, or at least learn more about them'
1st State Signs Benefit Corp Legislation into Law
April 23, 2010
Maryland starts the ball rolling thanks to Senator Jamie Raskin and champion Jim Epstein.
1st 25 GIIRS Pioneer Funds announced
September 4, 2010
For SoCap announcement, 25 leading funds agree to more than they bargained for by committing to have their portfolios participate in the GIIRS World Tour beta test
Around the world in 45 days!: GIIRS World Tour
January 31, 2011
200 companies from 25 funds across 30 countries in 45 days. Now that's a beta test!
July 1, 2011
Looking at Yale School of Management's website confirms that they offer loan forgiveness to alums who go to work for B Corps.
GIIRS Official Launch at CGI
September 20, 2011
GIIRS Ratings & Analytics officially launches at Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting with 16 GIIRS Pioneer Investors declaring their investment preference for GIIRS rated funds and companies in their impact investing portfolios
3rd B Corp Champions Retreat
October 23, 2011
More than 150 B Corps gather at Longwood Gardens and In-ter-dependence Hall — for the first time collective action feels like what people want.
"The highest standard in socially responsible business"
May 9, 2011
Special social entrepreneurship issue of Inc Magazine leads with 8-page feature of newly certified Cascade Engineering, declaring B Corp to be "the highest standard in socially responsible business."
Version 3.0 of B Impact Rating System launches
July 25, 2011
All hail the SAC! New & Improved! More clear! More accurate! More work?!? SAC begins work on Version 4.0.
California crosses the finish line
October 9, 2011
Governor Jerry Brown signs benefit corps into law at 11:58pm over vigorous opposition from a few friends of the Corp Comm of the CA Bar.
500 B Corps!
December 15, 2011
The 'Drive for Five' reaches the finish line according to one team member's smartphone as the team is gathered for its holiday lunch.
Un Gran Abrazo
January 16, 2012
Songs, dancing and rhythmic table pounding culminate 2 day Sistema B gathering with 80+ leaders from 6 countries to explore potential for a South American B Corp movement.
Best In For the World
March 7, 2012
More than 70 B Corps recognized in 1st Best for the World lists released as part of B Corp 2012 Annual Report.
First Indian B Corp
May 2, 2012
Shree Kamdhenu Electronics joins the movement to B the Change where the phrase was born.
First B Corp in-store retail program
June 7, 2012
Alfalfa's in Boulder shows off more than a dozen B Corps at lease line and on end cap, shelves and table tops.
100th benefit corporation registers
August 1, 2012
We're not sure exactly who or where, but it happened, we swear, right about there.
September 27, 2012
For three hours, the longest conference table ever is filled with the Secretary of State, Chancellor of the Court of Chancery, and innumerable past and current chairs of the Delaware Bar's Corporations Law Council in conversation with 11 heroic B Corps and investors about why strong benefit corporation law is necessary in Delaware.
"The start of the revolution"
January 3, 2012
Led by Yvon Chouinard from Patagonia, a dozen companies register as California's first benefit corporations on the first effective date, igniting a whole lot of media coverage, including CBS Nightly News and PBS Newshour.
El Primer Empresa B
January 19, 2012
TriCiclos very proudly becomes the 1st Certified B Corp in South America.
First African B Corp
May 1, 2012
Juhudi Kilimo's inclusive business serving Kenyan smallholder farmers leads the way.
First Brazilian B Corp
May 11, 2012
Ouro Verde Amazonia gives us an excuse to go to Brazil!
250th GIIRS rated company
August 1, 2012
Earthkeeper Alliance brings GIIRS Marketplace to early critical mass.
October 4, 2012
More than 200 B Corp champions gather to accelerate a global movement to redefine success in business at B Corp Champions Retreat and 5th Anniversary celebration.
How Conscious is Your Business?
April 5, 2013
At Conscious Capitalism event in San Francisco, first breakout sessions focused exclusively on encouraging all businesses to measure what matters using the free B Impact Assessment.
July 17, 2013
Rhode Island passes benefit corp legislation, capping a 90 day run that includes passage in Arizona (4/30), Colorado (5/14), Arkansas (5/19), Nevada (5/24), and Oregon (6/4).
August 27, 2013
In one of more than 50 August ripples, six Colombian B Corps spread the word at Colombia Responsable, the major corporate responsibility event in the country.
Launch of B Analytics
October 11, 2013
GIIN and B Lab announce partnership to meet the market with a customizable data platform to help investors collect, benchmark, and report on impact.
November 15, 2013
Without any explicit marketing, more than 15,000 businesses find the B Impact Assessment to help them measure, compare, and improves their social and environmental impact (5,000 actually complete the darn thing!)
"Delaware signals 'seismic shift'"
July 17, 2013
Members of Delaware Bar call Delaware's passage of benefit corporation legislation a 'seismic shift' in U.S. corporate law.
First Fortune 500 subsidiary
August 1, 2013
Plum Organics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Campbell's Soup Company, becomes first Delaware benefit corporation and the New York Times and World Economic Forum take notice.
Rocky Mountain High
September 15, 2013
Despite Biblical flooding, 300 Champions gather in Boulder to sight our next mountain to climb, discuss MLK's Letter, and join in service to a devastated community, including fellow B Corp Namaste Solar.
October 23, 2013
300 celebrate launch of Sistema B Brazil and the importance of global movement at centerpiece of week long series of events.
Pretty Cool, Eh? 100th Canadian B Corp
December 30, 2013
Getting in just under the wire before the new year, Canada became the second country to pass 100 certified B Corps after the USA!
Now with 25% More Global
December 31, 2013
Non-U.S. B Corps reach 25% of total community.
B the Change
France, Lebanon, and Venezuela
Best for the World
In March, B Lab releases the first of 2014's Best for the World lists, honoring the B Corps with the B Impact Assessment scores in the top 10% of the whole community. Lists honoring those who excelled in the Environment, Community, and Workers section would follow in April, June, and September.
West Virginia: Check!
West Virginia joins the list of states to sign benefit corporation legislation into law.
First German B Corp
Ecosia GmbH is the first German company to be B Corp certified.
The Skoll World Forum
The three B Lab cofounders travel to accept the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship on behalf of the global B Corp community.
B Corp Leadership Development
The Bay Area B Corp community comes together for a day of skill-sharing and professional development, an idea that has sparked plans for future BLDs across the country!
B of Service
Throughout June, B Corps organize service events in their communities as part of the B the Change campaign, donating over 2,000 hours of time!
Florida, Connecticut: Check!
Two more states are crossed off the benefit corporation to-do list!
Live B or Die?
New Hampshire is the final state of 2014 to sign benefit corporation legislation into law, bringing the current total to 27 states and D.C.!
Europe Gains Speed
B Lab Australia
B Lab officially launches in Australia with a week of events and press highlighting the 44 founding Australian B Corps!
Champions Retreat 2014
For three days, the global B Corp community takes over Burlington, VT for a gathering focused on community, inspiration, and collective action.
Not to be outdone, Sistema B puts on fiiS2014, a social innovation festival that attracts thousands. B Lab staffer Andy travels to Chile for the event and reports back.
Onsite Reviews Wrap Up
Every year, 10% of the B Corp community undergoes an onsite review to verify their impact. In November, the last of 2014's 80+ reviews finish up in Chile and Argentina.
DeConi joins the community in November and becomes the first certified B Corp from Bulgaria.
First Public Utility Company
Green Mountain Power becomes the first public energy utility to become a B Corp.
Under the Wire
Solarus Sunpower Sweden AB certifies as a B Corp, making Sweden the last country of 2014 to get its first B Corp.
The First Publicly-Traded B Corp
Version 4 of the B Impact Assessment
2014 starts off strong with a new version of the B Impact Assessment (revised every two years) and a new website to host it!
B Lab Colorado
B Lab proudly announces the opening of B Lab Colorado, helmed by Kim Coupounas, cofounder of B Corp GoLite. Colorado would be home to over 50 B Corps by the end of the year.
As part of the B the Change campaign, B Corps (like W.S. Badger Co) organize events educating and engaging their teams on the meaning of their certification.
Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship
B Lab is blown away to receive news that the B Corp community would be honored with a 2014 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.
First National B Corp Retail Promotion
The National Cooperative Grocers Association holds the first national retail promotion of B Corp products in their co-ops across the USA.
Minnesota, Nebraska, Utah: Check!
Three more states pass benefit corporation legislation in April—including two in one day!
At long last, the 1000th B Corp is certified! The community celebrates with a social media extravaganza using the hashtag #1000BCorps.
Ghana & Uruguay
B Corp Store
Looking to serve the needs of conscious consumers, a group of B Corps form the B Corp Store, an ecommerce site stocked exclusively with products from B Corps.
DOMI joins the community as the first B Corp from Taiwan.
Hey, that's us!
In his op-ed "The Creative Climate," New York Times columnist David Brooks cites B Corporations as an example of creativity and innovation.
B Corp Ambassadors
Three athletes become the first class of B Corp Ambassadors, releasing videos explaining why they support the B Corp community and want to B the Change in their sports.
Collaborative Fund & CircleUp love B Corps
Collaborative Fund and CircleUp announce a partnership to invest $4 million in certified B Corporations.
Hey, that's us! Pt. II
Keep on Bikin'
Team B the Change has a strong showing at Climate Ride once again, raising over $30,000 for B Lab throughout the year and finishing with the East Coast ride in September.
The B Corp Handbook is Released
Fresh on the heels of the retreat, Ryan Honeyman of B Corp Honeyman Sustainability Consulting releases The B Corp Handbook, a guide to the why's and how's of B Corp certification.
The B Corps Fellows
B Lab announces the creation of the B Corps Fellows, the first national service program for the impact economy, and calls for applications from undergrad and MBA graduates.
European Partners Convene
B Lab's partner organizations in Europe "achieve liftoff" and convene collectively for the first time.
For six weeks, B Lab participates in the Social Entrepreneurs Challenge, a crowdfunding campaign for Skoll Awardees. The SEChallenge ends in December with over $65,000 raised for the B Corp movement, and nearly as much from the Skoll Foundation in matching funds!