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Becoming a B Corp Everything you need to know about achieving B Corporation status

Becoming a certified B Corporation can be good for your business, your employees and stakeholders and the world and environment around you.

When your business displays the B Corporation logo, it’s a sign of your commitment to an inclusive, equitable and regenerative economy. B Corporation status shows that your company’s aims and purposes are aligned with ESG-focused values and benefit wider society and the environment.

  • What is B Corp?

    A Certified B Corporation, or ‘B Corp’, is a company that has been publicly certified by B Lab as having high standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability.

    • B Corps commit to positively impact all stakeholders - workers, communities, customers and the planet.
    • B Corps take account of the interests of all stakeholders, not just shareholders, when making decisions and in the way they run their businesses.
    • Becoming a B Corp allows your business to display the B Corp logo, which is a very public demonstration that the aims and purpose of your company are aligned with ESG-focused values and benefiting wider society and environment.
  • What is B Lab?

    B Lab is a global not-for-profit organisation created in the United  States in 2006, with the mission to inspire and enable people to use business as a force for good.

    • There are B Labs across the world, including in the United States, Australia, mainland Europe and East Africa, together forming the B Global Network. B Lab was launched in 2015.
    • Globally, there are more than 5,500 B Corps across 86 countries, covering 158 industries with more than 485,000 workers.
    • In the UK there are now more than 1,000 B Corps, spanning 58 industries.
  • Top tips
    • Consider first whether B Corp status is right for your business – discuss with your senior leadership team.
    • Have an initial call with B Lab about certification - they will assign you a case officer to guide you through the process.
    • Identify your B Corp team – you will need buy-in from representatives across your organisation, including those with responsibility for HR, Real Estate and HSE, and Legal & Compliance.
    • Recognise that it’s going to take time  and resources - ensure you have the commitment to what you need from the outset.
    • Data management is a big part of the process - make sure you are organised and your systems are fit for purpose.
    • It’s an iterative process  – achieving the 80+ points score required to pass the B Impact Assessment can take time and may require your business to adopt new or changed policies and procedures. 
    • There may be scoring advantages to be had – for example, an element of employee ownership of the business can mean extra weighing when it comes to your score.
    • It's not a one-size-fits-all process - the larger you are as an organisation and depending on your industry, the more questions you may need to answer.
    • Don't let your listed status put you off - two UK B Corps are currently listed on the London Stock Exchange.
    • Don't stop once you achieve certification - B Corps need to recertify every three years. On average, UK B Corps increase their score by thirteen points in their recertification cycle.
    • Commitment is key - a successful B Corp certification is more likely to come to those who demonstrate patience, discipline and commitment to the process and working diligently through the B Corp requirements.

How we can help

We offer a range of services that can help you secure your B Corp certification including:

  • Governance advice — policy drafting (e.g. bribery, corruption and money laundering), corporate governance structures and associated boardroom training.
  • Sustainable procurement and contracting advice.
  • Green advertising and greenwashing avoidance.
  • Carbon offsetting and biodiversity investment.
  • Renewable energy and decarbonisation solutions.
  • Circular economy advice and product stewardship.
  • Supply chain due diligence.
  • Net zero buildings and sustainable development.
  • Environmental compliance and sustainability advice, associated training and horizon scanning.
  • Sustainable claims handling and dispute resolution.
  • The provision of tech-enabled solutions using AI and other platforms.
  • Advice in relation to human and business rights.
  • Employment practices and risk management advice.
  • Data privacy and security advice.

If you are interested in becoming a B Corp, we can help you along the journey by guiding you through the process and the preparation needed. For further information, contact Simon Colvin or Nick Fothergill via the details below or fill in our enquiry form and someone will be in touch.

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