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B Lab Benelux

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.

B Lab Benelux

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 6,300+ B Corp certified companies worldwide, 1100+ are based in Europe of which 250+ in the Benelux. Moreover, more than 200,000 companies manage their impact with the B Impact Assessment and the SDG Action Manager.

  • 8.250 +
    Companies Globally
  • 365 +
    B Corps in Benelux
  • 162
    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 360+ 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 Training & Program

    This program empowers individuals and organizations to use Business as a Force for Good. It includes a two-day training in B Corp principles and B Lab’s tools, followed by a Benelux B Leaders community membership with access to continuous learning.

    While we’re improving our program, new dates are on hold. Stay in the know by signing up.

  • 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 Lab Benelux Team

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

Saskia Rotshuizen

Senior Growth & Certification Manager

Daan van Apeldoorn

B Corp Sr. Impact & Engagement Manager

Charlotte Smit

Communications Lead

Mattia Miccichè

Certification and Products Manager

Puck Blokland

Sr. Communications Coordinator

Ian Enserink

Business Development Coordinator

Laura Mullenders

Luxembourg B Corp Coordinator (Inspiring More Sustainability)

Carlos Polo-Barceló

Impact Programs Coordinator

Danja Overgaag

Community & Engagement Lead

Olivia Kho

Account Coordinator

Irene Rits

Sr. Communications Coordinator

Laura Spanjers

Sr. Operations Coordinator

Amélie Bozec

MNC/LE Senior Certification Coordinator

Upcoming Benelux Events

14 Feb

B Corp Recertification Webinar

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

27 Feb

Introduction au B Impact Assessment et la Certification B Corp

Joignez-vous au pour le premier webinaire sur le B Impact Assessment en Français!

7 Mar

Positive Workplace Activism: Empowering Employee-led Change

Discover the power of employee activism and how it goes beyond traditional engagement. Tessa Wernink, Business Activist and Co-Founder of Fairphone, will guide us through the journey of positive change in the workplace.

14 Mar

Biomimicry: Sustainable Innovation Inspired by Nature

Get ready for an enlightening session during B Corp Month 2024, where we're exploring strategies from the natural world to overcome challenges in our economy. This webinar is a unique opportunity to delve into the fascinating world of biomimicry—a discipline that draws inspiration from nature's time-tested strategies to unlock innovative solutions for the challenges in our economy.

19 Mar

Impact meten en verbeteren: B Corp voor beginners

Duik in de wereld van positieve impact tijdens 'Impact meten en verbeteren: B Corp voor beginners', een evenement speciaal ontworpen voor bedrijven die hun impact op mens en milieu willen meten en verminderen, maar soms door de bomen het bos niet meer zien.

21 Mar

New B Gathering @ Amsterdam

It's time to land in the B Corp Community & connect with your fellow B's during our bi-monthly New B Gathering.

25 Mar

Expectations and Preparations for the Green Claims Directive

Get ready for an enlightening session during B Corp Month 2024, where we're exploring the path forward in how we talk about sustainability. Our webinar, "Expectations and Preparations for the Green Claims Directive", is your ticket to better understanding and improving the way you communicate about green topics, whether you're in marketing, writing, communication, social media, or PR.

28 Mar

D&I in Action: Unpacking Bias, Embracing Inclusion

This event will center around insightful discussions on Unconscious Bias and Inclusive Hiring practices, coupled with the exciting launch of the B Corp JEDI toolkit.

24 Apr

B Impact Assessment Webinar

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

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.

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!

B Corp Climate Collective

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

B Beauty Coalition

A worldwide coalition of over 70 B Corps from the beauty sector seeking to improve the sustainability standards of the beauty industry.

Interdependence Coalition

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

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

A board game for teams developed by 4 Dutch B Corps designed to kickstart understanding of JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion)

Community Building

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

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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