How to become a B Corp?

Certified B Corporations are leaders in the global movement for an inclusive, equitable, and regenerative economy.

Certification requirements

B Corp Certification is a designation that a business is meeting high standards of verified performance, accountability, and transparency on factors from employee benefits and charitable giving to supply chain practices and input materials. In order to achieve certification, a company must:

  • Complete the assessment

    Demonstrate high social and environmental performance by achieving a B Impact Assessment score of 80 or above and passing our risk review. Multinational corporations must also meet baseline requirement standards.

  • Meet the legal requirements

    Make a legal commitment by changing their corporate governance structure to be accountable to all stakeholders, not just shareholders, and achieve benefit corporation status if available in their jurisdiction.

  • Verification & Transparency

    Exhibit transparency by allowing information about their performance measured against B Lab’s standards to be publicly available on their B Corp profile on B Lab’s website. To maintain certification, B Corps update their BIA and verify their updated score every three years.

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A journey of continuous improvement

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B Corp Certification is holistic, not exclusively focused on a single social or environmental issue. And the process to achieve and maintain certification is rigorous and requires engaging teams and departments across your company. Taking company size and profile into account, verification involves documentation of your company’s business model and information about your operations, structure, and various work processes, as well as review of potential public complaints and possible site visits. Recertification confirms these standards continue to be met on an ongoing basis. 

Steps to becoming a B Corp

While the certification process varies depending on your company’s size and complexity, all companies must do the following to become a B Corp.

Pathway to Certification

Your company’s pathway to becoming a Certified B Corporation will vary depending on a few factors. Revenue and company size are typical criteria to guide companies to their Approach to certification. In some cases, companies might undergo a different approach based on factors, such as sector, industry, scoring, and ownership structure.

Please select the pathway that best represents your business. Our team may recommend a different pathway once you’ve begun.

Pending B Corp

Start ups with under 12 months of operations can learn more about preparing for the process of full certification by becoming a Pending B Corporation.

Small Companies

Companies that generate less than $5M USD in annual revenue and employ less than 50 full time employees

Small–Medium Companies

Companies that generates more than $5M USD in annual revenue or employ between 50 to 250 full time employees

Medium Companies

Companies that generate more than $100M USD in annual revenue or employ more than 250 full time employees

Large Companies

Companies that generate more than $100M USD in annual revenue with 10 or more subsidiaries operating in multiple countries or generate more than $1B in annual revenue

B Movement Builders

Companies with more than $5B USD in annual revenue must participate in our B Movement Builders program on their journey towards B Corp Certification.

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Declaration of interdependence

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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 Certified 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 each dependent upon another and thus responsible for each other and future generations.

Need help?

Struggling to complete the B Impact Assessment? Know where your gaps are and need help to improve impact? We’ve assembled a cohort of knowledgeable consultants who have been through the process and know how to advise you. This service is relevant for you if you work for a larger organisation that is beginning its journey, need to develop a comprehensive plan and timeframe across the whole organisation for securing B Corp certification.

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