The Small Business Guide
to B Corp Certification
Are you considering certifying your company as a B Corp?
B Corp Certification is the gold standard for companies committed to sustainability and social impact. In addition to being a rigorous certification, it is also a global movement with an active community.
This guide provides you with an introduction to B Corps so that you can learn more about measuring and improving your impact.
Each chapter contains links to blog posts that will help you to learn about B Corps, the certification process, and the ways in which B Corps work together to drive change.
Using this guide: The chapters to the right are organized sequentially so that one builds on the other, but you can of course dive right in to the topic that is of most interest to you.
Introduction to B Corps
The first B Corps were certified in 2007, and since then, the movement has grown into a global effort to redefine capitalism to put stakeholders (not just shareholders) first. This section will introduce you to what B Corps are and the difference between B Corps and Benefit Corporations.
This post will explain everything you need to know about meeting the legal requirement for B Corp Certification if you incorporate your business as a Benefit Corporation.
B Corp Certification
B Corp certification is quite rigorous. To get certified as a B Corp, a company needs to complete a comprehensive Impact Assessment, and then go through a review process with a standards analyst who verifies the answers provided.
Certification for Specific Groups
The B Corp certification progress is robust and flexible enough that it can accommodate a wide range of businesses, including startups, sole proprietors, small & mid-size companies, and multinational corporations.
Are you a founder considering making your startup a B Corp? This guide will tell you everything you need to know, from raising capital to legal concerns.
B Corp Initiatives
The B Corp community is quite active and undertakes various initiatives to advance our goals of a just and equal society for all.