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The Certification Process

What the certification process entails.

  • Why is taking a whole company approach so important?

    Fundamentally, there are two approaches to becoming a B Corp: managing it like a project, or navigating it as a whole company.  Managing it like a project is a mistake. Given most companies are curren...

  • What is B Lab's Scoping Process?

    In the case of certifying companies with multiple, related entities, we take all clients through a Scoping Process with B Lab. (For more information, see: Can you certify a business if there are subsi...

  • What are the phases for becoming certified?

    The certification process is roughly divided across five phases: Intro & Exploration Discussing internally the idea of B Corp, what it involves and starting to build collective commitment to the idea....

  • Can you certify as a sole trader or a company with no employees?

    Yes, you can. When you open a B Impact Assessment account, you can choose the 0 worker track. This is designed specifically for companies with no hired employees. Under these circumstances, the worker...

  • What is a Brand Review?

    A Brand Review is how B Lab reviews secondary brands that are managed by the same governance structure and people as a Certified B Corp. Introduction Most companies have a primary brand: the usual tra...

  • What is the Discovery Phase Questionnaire?

    B Lab's Discovery Phase Questionnaire (DPQ) - not to be confused with B Lab's Disclosure Questionnaire - is a series of questions B Lab uses to discover some basic starting point information for a pot...

  • Can you certify a business if there are subsidiaries or related entities involved?

    Most businesses applying for B Corp certification are simple contexts where only one operating and legal entity is involved. However, for some applicants (and an ever-increasing number) the business i...

  • What are the steps and cost of B Corp certification?

    1. B Impact Assessment (BIA) A business must first undertake an assessment: a self-answered, online questionnaire that covers the entirety of an organisation. From an operational perspective, it cover...

  • What is involved with the legal change?

    If You Are Not A UK Based Business If you are not a UK business you may still find the below interesting to read through as it will give you a flavour of the intent behind the legal component of B Cor...