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B Corp Certification is based on three essential pillars: Verified Performance, Public Transparency and Legal Accountability. The three pillars of B Corp Certification make it unique, material, and credible. This is your complete guide to the requirements to become a Certified B Corp.

Complete 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 BIA assesses the impact of both your company’s day-to-day operations and your business model—both what you do and how you do it. The questions on your company’s B Impact Assessment are determined by company size, sector, and market, with around 200 questions total.

  • TIP:  Engage your team. Ask for help with answering questions in the BIA, and talk together about how you could increase your positive impact on people and planet. You can even appoint a B Corp champion, to rally everyone to the cause.

Get your score. 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.

Submit. After completing the B Impact Assessment and Disclosure Questionnaire, hit Submit to request an Assessment Review.

Schedule an Assessment Review and Submit Initial Documentation: A B Lab Standards Analyst will reach out to schedule a time to review the B Impact Assessment over the phone. The wait time between assessment submission and the assessment review varies depending on volume, with an average of between 2-4 weeks.

Submit Initial Documentation: Once the Assessment Review is scheduled, a company must upload supporting documentation for six to eight randomly selected questions related to company operations. These documents must be provided before the Assessment Review takes place, otherwise B Lab may postpone the call until documentation has been provided.

Complete an Assessment Review: An Assessment Review typically takes 60 to 90 minutes. This is a time for the company and a B Lab Standards Analyst to review questions or answers that may have been unclear and adjust the self-assessment to ensure that it captures the company’s unique circumstances and impact as accurately as possible. This call typically results in score adjustments.

Submit Additional Documentation: After the review, an additional one to six responses focused on the company’s business model will be selected for documentation. At this time, B Lab also reserves the right to ask for clarifying documents based on the initial review. An additional one to three weeks may be required to resolve any outstanding questions about documentation.

 

Complete an Assessment Review: An Assessment Review typically takes 60 to 90 minutes. This is a time for the company and a B Lab Standards Analyst to review questions or answers that may have been unclear and adjust the self-assessment to ensure that it captures the company’s unique circumstances and impact as accurately as possible. This call typically results in score adjustments.

Background Checks: Companies pursuing Certification are subject to background checks by B Lab staff. Background checks include a review of public records, news sources, and search engines for company names, brands, executives/founders, and other relevant topics. The results of background checks undergo the same review process as items selected in the Disclosure Questionnaire. If the company’s score is 80 points or above after the verification process, then the performance requirement has been fulfilled.

 

Sign Term Sheet and Pay Certification Fees: In order to certify, companies also sign their 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 below the fee structure.

 

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.

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.

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.

Resources for Certification

1. UPCOMING MASTERCLASSES / WEBINARS
Learn more about the certification session by joining our live masterclass sessions. Fill in this form if interested

2. Frequently Asked Questions View All

3. TALK TO B LAB

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Who can certify?

For-Profit Companies of Any Size

Any Industry / Geography

Companies over 1 year old

ANNUAL SALES

$0 - $149,999

$150,000 - $1,999,999

$2 MM - $4,999,999

$5 MM - $9,999,999

$10 MM - $19,999,999

$20 MM - $49,999,999

$50 MM - $74,999,999

$75 MM - $99,999,999

$100 MM - $249,999,999

$250 MM - $499,999,999

$500 MM - $749,999,999

$750 MM - $999,999,999

$1B+

ANNUAL FEE

$500

$1,000

$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.

B LAB EAST AFRICA IS OFFERING A 50% DISCOUNT FOR COMPANIES CERTIFIED IN THE REGION UNTIL DECEMBER 31ST, 2018. JOIN NOW TO ENJOY THIS DISCOUNT!

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