The business community has seen a shift in recent years. Many companies are using business as a tool for social and environmental change. Businesses are leveraging their work to build healthy, equitable, and regenerative communities. This trend is being reflected in several recent movements and certifications like the B Corporation.

B Corporation Definition

The basic definition of a B Corporation or certified B Corp is a for-profit company that uses its business as a force for social and environmental good. For example, an ice cream company that uses its flavors to create awareness on critical social issues. Or a toilet paper company that donates 50 percent of their profits towards clean water and toilets for everyone. Every B Corp company considers the impact of their business decisions on not just shareholder value but all stakeholders across the value chain.

Becoming a Certified B Corp

Each certified B Corp has completed a multi-question, robust assessment of their social and environmental performance as an organization and supplied documentation to validate their answers on the assessment. The assessment is then reviewed for high levels of accountability and transparency by the oversight organization, B Lab. Once the organization passes the review, or sometimes during the process, companies also amend their governance documents.

B Corporation Requirements

First, an organization must complete the B Impact Assessment or BIA. The BIA is an entirely free and online benchmarking and measurement framework for non-financial data metrics used by over 50,000 companies worldwide. It looks at five different areas of a company: governance, workers, community, environment, and customers. There is also a sixth company disclosure area that identifies any potentially sensitive industries, practices, fines, or sanctions of a company that are not explicitly called out in the rest of the assessment.

After completing the B Impact Assessment, companies undergo a multi-step verification process to review all the documentation provided and answers given. Each assessment must garnish a minimum of 80-points for certification.

In addition, B Lab performs a background check of the organization. Background checks include a review of public records, news sources, and search engines for company names, brands, executives/founders, and other relevant topics.

Once a business passes certification, B Lab creates a public page sharing the B Impact Report summary of a company’s scores on the B Impact Assessment by category. There is also an annual fee all certified B Corps must pay to B Lab to support the organization. It is based on a sliding scale by revenue.

What are the benefits of becoming certified?

There are several benefits to becoming a certified B Corporation. Here are the top five benefits that are most often touted.

Who are some of the top B Corp companies?

When writing this article, there are 4,762 companies, in 77 countries, in 155 different industries, all operating with one unifying goal of using business as a force for good. Many companies are consumer brands that most folks use every day, like Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Tom’s Toothpaste, Patagonia, Method Soap, and Athleta. Professional service firms like Sensiba San Filippo, Wendel Rosen Law Firm, or Beneficial State Bank are also B Corps. There is more than likely a B Corp for anything you need. I highly recommend consulting the B Corp Directory anytime you want to make a purchase.

Certified B Corporation List

For a list of the currently certified companies, along with their B Impact Report, visit and click on the “Find a B Corp link” at the top of the page.

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