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Certifying as a B Corporation goes beyond product- or service-level certification. B Corp Certification is the only certification that measures a company’s entire social and environmental performance. The B Impact Assessment evaluates how your company’s operations and business model impact your workers, community, environment, and customers. From your supply chain and input materials to your charitable giving and employee benefits, B Corp Certification proves your business is meeting the highest standards of verified performance.

 

Positive impact is supported by transparency and accountability requirements. B Corp Certification doesn’t just prove where your company excels now—it commits you to consider stakeholder impact for the long term by building it into your company’s legal structure.

 

Join the Global Movement of People Using Business as a Force for Good.

Certification Requirements

Complete and Submit the B Impact Assessment

The B Impact Assessment (BIA) is a free, confidential platform designed to help measure and manage your company’s positive impact on your workers, community, customers and environment. The questions on your company’s B Impact Assessment are determined by company size, sector, and market.

After completing the B Impact Assessment and Disclosure Questionnaire, Submit to request an Assessment Review. Your responses to the B Impact Assessment determine your total numeric score. B Corp Certification requires a minimum verified total score of 80 across all impact areas.

Complete the verification process

After completing the BIA, B Lab will verify your score to determine if your company meets the 80-point bar for certification. Meet virtually with B Lab staff to review your completed B Impact Assessment and submit confidential documentation to validate your responses. To maintain certification, B Corps update their BIA and verify their updated score every three years.

Sign Agreement and Pay Annual Certification Fees 

In order to certify companies sign the B Corp Agreement, which commits them to meeting the legal requirement.  Once the term sheet is signed, the company is a Certified B Corp. B Lab EA will send an invoice for the certification –see the fee structure.

TIPS:
  • Take a First Pass: We recommend that you begin by taking a first pass through the assessment and estimating some of your answers so that you can get an initial score.
  • Some questions may not be relevant to your business, and on those questions you would select “N/A.”
  • Convene a team to steward the process: Involve people, either with a formal B Corp Committee or loosely, in the process (and later improvement) of your assessment score.

Public Transparency

All Certified B Corps share their B Impact Report publicly on their B Impact Reports on bcorporation.net. The B Impact Report is the summary of a company’s scores on the B Impact Assessment by category and contains no question-level information.

Companies with material items in their Disclosure Questionnaire or background check may be asked to make incremental information transparent on the their online profile. See Disclosure Questionnaire above for more information.

Public companies and wholly-owned subsidiaries are subject to additional transparency requirements.

VIEW SUBSIDIARY REQUIREMENTS

Recertification

In order to maintain B Corporation Certification, a company must update their assessment every three years, provide additional documentation to verify their answers, and achieve at least 80 out of 200 available points. This process ensures that companies who become certified B Corporations continue to engage in a high level of impact with their stakeholders, even as the business grows or changes. The B Impact Assessment is updated every three years; recertification gives companies the opportunity to set improvement goals against the most-up-to-date standards and benchmark their performance over time.

Meeting the Legal Requirement

The value of meeting the legal requirement for B Corp certification is that it bakes sustainability into the DNA of your company as it grows, brings in outside capital, or plans succession, ensuring that your mission can better survive new management, new investors, or even new ownership.

Currently, B Lab East Africa does not require companies registered in East Africa (apart from Kenya) to change their company’s constitution and other documents as a condition to B Corporation certification.

KENYAN B CORPS:

For companies registered in Kenya applying for certification, a legal path has been determined. Click here to learn more about the legal path for Kenyan B Corps.

B Lab E.A. will be running a session in September with TrustLaw Foundation to discuss the steps to making amendments in Kenya. Kindly sign up by emailing Lucy@b-labeastafrica.net.

Annual Revenue

$0 - $149,000

$150,000 - $1.9 MM

$2 MM - $4.9 MM

$5 MM - $9.9 MM

$10 MM - $19.9 MM

$20 MM - $49.9 MM

$50 MM - $74.9 MM

$75 MM - $99.9 MM

$100 MM - $249.9 MM

$250 MM - $499.9 MM

$500 MM - $749.9 MM

$750 MM - $999.9 MM

$1 B+ *

Annual Fees

$250

$500

$1,500

$2,500

$5,000

$10,000

$15,000

$20,000

$25,000

$30,000

$37,500

45,000

$50,000+**

* Depending on the structure of the company**

* * To learn more about B Lab’s approach to pricing for large companies, click here. If your company earns >$1B, contact B Lab for more information about associated costs.

Resources for Certification

1. Download the complete certification guide: From articulating the business case for Certification and engaging your leadership team to completing the B Impact Assessment and meeting the legal requirement, the guide is a perfect starting place for your company. Small/Medium Business Guide.

2. Going through the BIA and need some support? You can email or call us to get one-on-one support from B Lab E.A.

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