Multiple governing bodies and advisory bodies oversee the work of B Lab, the global B Corp Movement, and the requirements for B Corp Certification.
Standards and Governance
Board of Directors
B Lab is governed by a dynamic process of broad, transparent, multi-stakeholder engagement. The Board of Directors establishes Advisory Councils to ensure continuous incorporation of best thinking and practices into B Lab's mission and activities. The Board also has ultimate decision-making authority on recommendations coming from the Advisory Councils and oversees strategy, budget and operations.
Global Governance Council
The Global Governance Council oversees the global growth of B Lab and the B Corp Movement. The eight-member council has representatives from each global partner organization, including B Lab US & Canada and B Lab's Independent Board of Directors. The responsibilities of the GGC include global expansion, policy strategy, and approval of new global partners.
Co-Chair: Bart Houlahan,
Co-Chair: Mele-Ann Havea,
Juan Pablo Larenas,
Standards Advisory Council
Oversight of the B Impact Assessment is the responsibility of B Lab's Standards Advisory Council, an independent committee of 20-22 members, each with deep industry or stakeholder expertise. The Standards Advisory Council is divided into two subgroups — one to oversee the content and weightings for the version of the B Impact Ratings System that is appropriate for companies and funds in developed markets; the other for the version that is appropriate for companies and funds in emerging markets.
The Standards Advisory Council’s responsibilities include:
- Approving changes made to the B Impact Assessment as part of its three-year update process
- Determining eligibility for B Corp Certification in cases where companies make material disclosures on the Disclosure Questionnaire
- Reviewing material complaints against Certified B Corporations
- Approving addenda to the B Impact Assessment created by specialized Advisory and Working Groups
Decisions made by the Standards Advisory Council may be appealed to the Board of Directors.
Developed Markets SAC
Thomas van Craen,
Emerging Markets SAC
Carlos Eduardo Lessa Brandao,
Advisory and Working Groups
The B Impact Assessment is tailored to a company's size, sector, and market. When the need arises for more nuance in assessing the impact of particular topic areas, models, or industries, B Lab convenes expert working groups to develop standards for approval by the Standards Advisory Council. See a list of active and past working groups.