The Small Business Guide
to B Corp Certification

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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.

Chapter 1:
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. 

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Benefit Corporations: What You Need to Know

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.

Chapter 2:
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.

B the Change

Stories of people using business as a force for good.

Chapter 3:
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.

Chapter 4:
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. 

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We the Change

The community of B Corp Women CEOs working towards a radically inclusive and richly regenerative global economy.

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Vote Every Day

By buying from, working for and doing business with B Corps, you vote for what you believe in. Every day is election day.

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Climate Collective

The B Corp Climate Collective is a group of Certified B Corporations working together to take action on the climate emergency.

Antiracism Resources

We recognize that it is not enough to be quietly non-racist — we have a responsibility to become vocal, visible anti-racist leaders in our businesses and communities.