About B Corps

Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.

Society’s most challenging problems cannot be solved by government and nonprofits alone. The B Corp community works toward reduced inequality, lower levels of poverty, a healthier environment, stronger communities, and the creation of more high quality jobs with dignity and purpose. By harnessing the power of business, B Corps use profits and growth as a means to a greater end: positive impact for their employees, communities, and the environment.

B Corps form a community of leaders and drive a global movement of people using business as a force for good. The values and aspirations of the B Corp community are embedded in the B Corp Declaration of Interdependence.

THE BCORP DECLARATION OF INTERDEPENDENCE

We envision a global economy that uses business as a force for good.

This economy is comprised of a new type of corporation - the B Corporation -
Which is purpose-driven and creates benefit for all stakeholders, not just shareholders.

As B Corporations and leaders of this emerging economy, we believe:

  • That we must be the change we seek in the world.
  • That all business ought to be conducted as if people and place mattered.
  • That, through their products, practices, and profits, businesses should aspire to do no harm and benefit all.
  • To do so requires that we act with the understanding that we are dependent upon another and thus responsible for each other and future generations.

 

 

B Corp Certification

Verified Performance
Verified Performance
Legal Accountability
Legal Accountability
Public Transparency
Public Transparency

B Corp Certification doesn’t just evaluate a product or service; it assesses the overall positive impact of the company that stands behind it. And increasingly that’s what people care most about.

Certified B Corporations achieve a minimum verified score on the B Impact Assessment—a rigorous assessment of a company’s impact on its workers, customers, community, and environment—and make their B Impact Report transparent on bcorporation.net. Certified B Corporations also amend their legal governing documents to require their board of directors to balance profit and purpose.

The combination of third-party validation, public transparency, and legal accountability help Certified B Corps build trust and value. B Corp Certification is administered by the non-profit B Lab.

Meet the Community

Triodos

Triodos Bank Nv.

Zeist, Utrecht
Netherlands

Triodos Bank's customers are looking for more than monetary return on their investments. The company performs traditional banking functions by offering savings, loan, and investment products, but it also touts its socially conscious investing policy.

Patagonia

Patagonia, Inc.

Ventura, California
United States

Patagonia has scaled the peak of the outdoor apparel and accessories business. The company designs and markets rugged clothing and accessories to mountain climbers, skiers, surfers, and other extreme sports enthusiasts and environmentalists who are willing to pay for the Patagonia brand and its environmental ethic.

Ecosia

Ecosia GmbH

Berlin, Berlin
Germany

Ecosia let users plant trees by searching the web. In donating 80 percent of its surplus ad revenue, the search engine has raised almost $3 million for reforestation projects since its founding in December 2009.

APIVITA SA

Industrial Park of Markopoulo Mesogaias, Athens
Greece

Since 1979, APIVITA creates cosmetics from naturally derived active ingredients(plants of Greek nature, beehive products and organic essential oils). 

Alessi

Alessi s.p.a.

Omegna, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola
Italy

An Italian Design Factory, pursuing the perfect balance in caring for products, people and profit.

Hovione

Hovione

Loures, Lisboa
Portugal

Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients for Generics and for new drugs; Pharmaceutical Products in bulk and final dosage forms.

Alpro

Alpro (Alpro SCA)

Sint-Denijs-Westrem, Ghent
Belgium

Alpro is a European company based in Ghent, that markets organic and non-organic, non-genetically modified, Plant-based products. 

Holaluz

Holaluz

Barcelona, Barcelona
Spain

Holaluz's challenge is to create a mainstream system that becomes a new standard for people's life based on the levers of rational use of energy, storage and self-production.

Nature et Decouvertes

Nature et Decouvertes

Toussus Le Noble, Ile-de-France
France

Founded in 1990, Nature & Découvertes has 85 shops: 75 in France, four in Switzerland, three in Belgium, two in Germany and one in Luxembourg. 

More Questions?

Benefit corporations and Certified B Corporations are often confused. The B Corp Certification is a third-party certification administered by the non-profit B Lab, based in part on a company's verified performance on the B Impact Assessment. The benefit corporation is a legal structure for a business, like an LLC or a corporation. Benefit corporations are legally empowered to pursue positive stakeholder impact alongside profit. Some companies are both Certified B Corporations and benefit corporations, and the benefit corporation structure fulfills the legal accountability requirement of B Corp Certification. Learn more about the difference.

B Corp Certification is administered by Standards Analysts at the non-profit B Lab. Standards Analysts are located at B Lab's Pennsylvania, New York, and Amsterdam offices. The standards for B Corp Certification are overseen by B Lab's independent Standards Advisory Council

The B Corp community reflects the world's business landscape, ranging from sole proprietors to publicly-traded companies. The majority of the 2,500+ B Corps are small businesses. Multinationals are engaging the global B Economy both through B Corp Certification and other engagements with B Lab.

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