B Corp Certification process

Certification

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.

Why Companies Certify

B Corps set the gold standard for good business and inspire a race to the top, creating performance standards and legal structures being used by thousands of other businesses around the world.

The B Corp movement is one of the most important of our lifetime, built on the simple fact that business impacts and serves more than just shareholders -- it has an equal responsibility to the community and to the planet.

Logo for Patagonia Works - Rose Marcario, CEO, Patagonia Works

When your company certifies as a B Corporation, you join a community of business leaders who share your belief that business can solve social and environmental problems. Connect online, meet in person at events, or build client and vendor relationships within a powerful community of practice.

Tom Henning

More than ever, people want to do business with people and organizations they trust. This fundamental truth speaks to the heart of why earning our B Corp status is important for us.

More and more of the workforce makes decisions about where to work based on the positive impact their work creates and how well an employer treats their team. There’s no better way to attract and engage mission-aligned talent than to verify your values with B Corp Certification.

Tiffany Jana

My biggest surprise was the social capital B Corp community membership gave me with millenials... I no longer search for high-potential staff; they now come to me.

Logo for TMI Consulting - Tiffany Jana, TMI Consulting

Maintaining B Corp Certification through the B Impact Assessment is a powerful mechanism to help your company set goals for improvement, create more positive social and environmental impact, and track performance over time.

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Taking the Assessment... showed us where we needed to improve to become the role model we want to be.

Logo for Oliberte Limited - Tal Dehtiar, Oliberte Limited

The third-party validation that comes with B Corp Certification helps your company stand out and stand by your mission. The B Corp seal on a product, website, sales materials or business card instantly communicates that a company is a verified leader when it comes to positive impact and empowers individuals to confidently vote with their dollars.

Andrea Walker

Aligning our company with B Lab and this powerful movement has been incredibly rewarding. As a bank, we often get perceived as a company that makes profits at the expense of people and the planet, but this certification has helped us differentiate ourselves and show how we are doing the exact opposite. It's provided a credible basis to tell our story of how we are dedicated to healing the banking system for good.

Logo for Beneficial State Bank - Andrea Walker, Beneficial State Bank

Make sure your company is built on a solid legal foundation for the long term. The B Corp legal framework helps you protect your mission through capital raises and leadership changes and gives you more flexibility when evaluating potential sale and liquidity options.

Certification Requirements

Note: The Certification process and requirements may differ based on size and structure. Please be sure to review the process and requirements below that best correspond to your company's size and structure.

COMPLETE THE ASSESSMENT

Used by over 50,000 businesses, the B Impact Assessment (BIA) is a free, online platform that evaluates how your company interacts with your workers, customers, community, and environment. Complete and submit the BIA to begin the performance requirement of certification.

MEET THE LEGAL REQUIREMENTS

Use our Legal Requirement Tool to determine how your company can integrate stakeholder consideration into your governance structure. Your company's specific legal requirement and timeline will depend on location and structure.

VERIFICATION & TRANSPARENCY

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.

Get all the details on how to meet the requirements for B Corp Certification.

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SIGN AGREEMENT AND PAY ANNUAL FEES

To finalize certification, sign the B Corp Declaration of Interdependence, sign your B Corp Agreement, and pay your annual certification fees. Fees vary by region. Listed below are the fees for companies based in the United States and Canada.

Fees vary by region. Listed below are the fees for companies based in the United States and Canada. Companies in Latin America, East Africa, Europe, the UK, Australia or New Zealand, should see Global Partner websites for local pricing. If your company is registered outside any of these regions and is not in the United States or Canada, download your pricing schedule here

Alongside this new pricing schedule, new discounts will be available for companies including a discount for companies with greater than 50% business ownership from underrepresented backgrounds. Sign up to stay informed as the discount structure is released. Scroll down to see what your certification fee covers.

Annual Sales Annual Certification Fee
$0 - <$150,000 $1,000
$150,000 - $499,999 $1,100
$700,000 - $999,999 $1,300 
$1 MM - <$1.4 MM $1,400
$1.5 MM - <$1.9 MM $1,600
$2 MM - <$2.9 MM $1,800
$3 MM - $4.9 MM $2,000
$5 MM - $7.4 MM $2,500
$7.5 MM - $9.9 MM $3,750
$10 MM - $14.9 MM $6,000
$15 MM - $19.9 MM $8,500
$20MM - <$29.9 MM $12,000
$30 MM - <$49.9 MM $16,000
$50 MM - $74.9 MM $20,000
$75 MM - $99.9 MM $25,500
$100 MM - <$174.9 MM $30,000
$175 MM - 249.9 MM $35,000
$250 MM - $499.9 MM $40,000
$500 MM - $749.9 MM $45,000
$750MM - $999.9 MM $50,000
$1B+ Based on size and complexity of your business**

*Starting October 1, pricing for US and Canadian markets will be in local currency with US companies paying in USD and Canadian companies in CAD.
**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.

Companies who submitted their B Impact Assessment before October 1, 2019 and certify by March 1, 2020 will be eligible for pricing according to our previous pricing schedule. 

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What do my certification fees cover?

Certification fees are calculated according to the revenue of your company and based on principles of inclusivity, transparency, and fairness. As a non-profit organization, your certification fees only cover a portion of B Lab’s operating expenses. Forty percent of B Lab’s expenses are covered via philanthropy with the remainder coming from earned revenue streams including B Corp Certification.

In general, B Lab costs associated with B Corp Certification are broken into four groups:

  • Verification and standards: Much of the annual fee you pay goes to cover costs associated with verification, including expenses related to staff time for the review process and developing the standards underpinning the certification.
  • Technology platforms: In addition to the certification we offer the B Impact Assessment as a free tool for companies to measure and improve their impact. These fees support the ongoing development and improvement of this tool alongside the B Hive, B Analytics, and our back-office administration platforms.
  • Licensing fees: This is what you pay us to license the growing ‘B’ brand on your products, services, and marketing platforms and to support efforts to grow brand awareness.
  • Local and global movement building: Depending on the size of your company, the surplus from your fee goes to cover costs associated with growth and engagement efforts both in market and in service to a growing global movement.

DOWNLOAD THE COMPLETE 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 guides below are perfect starting place for your company. Based on your company size, download our best practice guides below.

Does Your Company Fall into One of These Categories?

B Corp Certification comes with additional considerations for certain businesses.

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Companies with less than one year of operations

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LARGE COMPANIES

Companies that are publicly-traded or have between $100M and $4.9B USD in annual revenues

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LARGE MULTINATIONAL AND PARENT COMPANIES

Parent companies that have over $5B USD in annual revenue

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RELATED ENTITIES
 

Parent companies, subsidiaries, franchises, and other affiliated entities

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Ready to Get Started?

Register for the B Impact Assessment and start answering your questions about your company's operations and business model. Along the way, you'll be able to set goals for improvement, compare your performance to similar companies, and learn best practices pulled straight from the Certified B Corp community.

B Impact Assessment

More Questions?

Certified B Corporations pay an annual certification fee, which licenses them to use intellectual property like the Certified B Corp logo. This fee starts as low as $500 and scales with revenue. You can see the full pricing schedule on the Certification page. Access to the B Impact Assessment is free. Your company may also be subject to additional costs depending on size and structure. 

The length of the certification process varies based on a company's size and complexity. Completing the B Impact Assessment requires a minimum of several hours. The verification process to finalize a company's score typically takes from several weeks to a few months. Large multinationals or companies with many related entities should expect a longer process.

B Corp Certification is based in part on a company's verified performance on the B Impact Assessment, which asks questions about a company's past fiscal year. This means that companies with less than one year of operations are not yet eligible for B Corp Certification. Instead, they may pursue Pending B Corp status, designed to set a start-up on the path to full Certification.

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