B Corp Movement in Benelux

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B Lab develops standards, policies, tools, and programs that shift the behavior, culture, and structure of capitalism. We mobilize the Benelux B Corp community towards collective action, and we collaborate with governments, academia, coalitions, and other institutions to drive economic systems change.

People from B Corps coming together for positive change

The Growth of the Movement

The European B Corp movement officially launched in 2015. Companies in The Netherlands and Belgium were one of the first ones to certify in Europe. Of 5,000+ B Corp certified companies worldwide, 800+ are based in Europe of which 170+ in the Benelux.  Moreover, more than 150,000 companies manage their impact with the B Impact Assessment and the SDG Action Manager.

  • 6000 +
    Companies Globally
  • 220 +
    B Corps in Benelux
  • 158
    Industries
  • 1
    Unifying goal

B Corps in Benelux

How do we drive change in Benelux

As we aim for system change, all our initiatives are directed towards shifting the behavior, culture, and structure of capitalism. Take a look at some of our activities to get inspired! 

  • Thriving B Corp Community

    The Benelux B Corp movement is an active community of 160+ companies with a shared vision to use their business as a force for good. These B Corps use their collective voice and action to rally together for systems changes on topics that matter most to them, eg. Climate Change, Inclusion and stakeholder governance.

  • Communications campaigns

    To drive system change, we need to change the hearts and minds of citizens in the Benelux region. That’s why B Lab Benelux is actively campaigning, ranging from the ‘Its (y)our job’ campaign during COP26 to activating the wider B Corp community to raise our brand awareness during our annual ‘B Corp Month’.

  • Lobbying at the EU in Brussels and beyond

    ‘The Interdependence Coalition’ is setting out to change company law at a European level, so we can truly unleash the power of business to be that force for good. To date our starting point is the Consultation on Sustainable Corporate Governance. Learn more about how this consultation fits into the European regulatory context here.

  • B Leaders Trainings

    Our B Leaders training is designed to get participants proficient with the B Corp framework and tools. The training catalyzes practitioners’ potential for positive impact, whether they work as external advisors or as B Corp champions within their company.

  • Building Better Business Program

    In collaboration with the Municipality of Amsterdam, we designed a modular B Corp program to accelerate the ecosystem of purpose-driven business in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Region.

  • Academic Collaborations

    Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders. That is why B Lab Benelux gears up to initiate collaborations. We have partnered with Sacred Heart University in Luxembourg for the first MBeA program (Master in Benefit Administration), starting this spring. Besides, we are working with Utrecht University on several research projects related to sustainability.

B Corp Movement Team in Benelux

You will find the dedicated B Lab Benelux Team at the SDG House – KIT (Mauritskade 62, Amsterdam). Feel welcome to drop by anytime for a cup of fair chain coffee!

Tessa van Soest

Executive Director

Eglantine Eeckhout

Belgium Program Manager (The Shift)

Saskia Rotshuizen

Senior Growth & Certification Manager

Daniela Gonzalez

Operations Lead

Daan van Apeldoorn

Marketing & Communications Lead

Mattia Miccichè

Certification Lead Benelux

Jente Fillet

Belgium B Corp Coordinator (The Shift)

Puck Blokland

Community Builder

Ian Enserink

Business Development Coordinator

Laura Mullenders

Luxembourg B Corp Coordinator (Inspiring More Sustainability)

Upcoming Benelux Events

30 Nov

B Impact Assessment Webinar | 30 November 2022

In this webinar, you will learn more about the design, lay-out, and functionality of the B Impact Assessment.

B Corp Recertification Webinar - 7 December

Certified B Corps are required to recertify once every three years. Join us at this webinar to learn about the recertification process!

New B Gathering | 13 December

Join our physical New B Gathering for newly certified B Corps, Pending B's and new team members.

13 Dec

Navigating the Voluntary Carbon Market - The Green Branch | 13 December

An honest and transparent introduction to the Voluntary Carbon Market from the perspective of a nature-based solutions project developer and B Corp The Green Branch.

Upcoming European Events

Events

Are you interested in connecting with the B Corp community? The European network organizes conferences, talks, training, and webinars on different topics to update, engage and educate on the movement and its initiatives.

Introduction to B Corp Event organized by Ireland B Corp Community

Introduction to B Corp | Nov 2

The Irish B Corp Community are delighted to invite you to a free Introduction to B Corp event. Learn how you can truly embed sustainability in your organisation and use it as a vehicle to drive performance.

Future of Net Zero Webinar for B Corps

Future of Net Zero: B Corp Climate Collective & Partners Info Session | Nov 3

A 1-hour session for B Corps, interested in or committed to net zero, to learn about the future of net zero with B Lab, the B Corp Climate Collective, SME Climate Hub & the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi)

Collective action

Together we are stronger than alone. B Corps have the opportunity to rally together on common challenges and topics close to their heart. Initiatives range from coalitions and collective actions to several task forces, initiated by B Lab or B Corps themselves. Join forces with fellow B Corps and take action!

JEDI Task Force

A collective of 7 Dutch B Corps that make space for conversations, resource sharing, campaigns and events centered around JEDI.

Let’s Play Equal

An initiative kick started by 7 Dutch B Corps to design a game through which people get to see the beauty of diversity.

Public Affairs Task Force

A group of 4 Belgian B Corps and 1 B Leader working on accelerating a favorable policy environment for B Corps in Belgium.

Communications Task Force

A collective of 5 Belgian B Corps working together to raise awareness on the B Corp Movement in Belgium.

Community Building Task Force

A group of 2 Belgian B Corps and 1 independent B Leader driving impact improvement of the Belgian Community through workshops.

Interdependence Coalition

The Interdependence Coalition (100+ businesses, incl. 17 BNL B Corps) has the ambition to change company law at a European level.

B Beauty Coalition

A worldwide coalition of over 50 B Corps from the beauty sector seeking to improve the sustainability standards of the beauty industry.

B Corp Climate Collective

A community of over 500 Certified B Corps committed to taking action on the climate emergency, centering climate justice.

B Leader Database

Looking for support in your certification journey?

  • Look in the database for the perfect match
  • Contact one of our trained B Leader consultants via the database

The B Leaders are looking forward to collaborate with you!

Testimonials

Femme van Gils

Sustainability Manager at Ace & Tate

The B Corp Certification for us is an external validation that we walk the talk. But most importantly, the B Impact Assessment (BIA) provides us with useful impact management tools and a roadmap for continuous improvement.

Marlies van Wijhe

CEO at Royal Van Wijhe Verf

We have the ambition to increase our B Corp score year on year. We believe we can do a lot by ourselves, but we know we will be more successful with partners who have the same purpose like B Corps.

Niki Kauffman-Schilling

Director Innovation & Sustainability at Rituals

Overall the B Corp journey helped us tremendously to get going: we measured everything, made material choices, changed governance, adapted policies, set ambitious sustainability targets — in every part of our business. The process of certification was rigorous and made us fine-tune and dig deeper over and over again.

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Contact the BENELUX team

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