Whether you own a business yourself or just enjoy supporting them, you might have heard the term “B-Corp.” But do you know what it means?
We’re sharing the definition and how it applies to several Indy businesses. Plus, we’re giving you the details on how to achieve “B-Corp status” with your own business.
What is a “B-Corp?”
A B-Corp, or “Benefit Corporation” is a certification businesses can receive if they fulfill the following requirements from B Lab:
- Achieve a B Impact Assessment score of 80+
- Complete a legal commitment to be accountable to all stakeholders — not just shareholders
- Allow performance information to be measured against B Lab’s standards
It’s essentially incorporating third-party oversight so that businesses live up to their mission to give back to the community. One well-known example of a B-Corp is the shoe brand TOMS, which donates one pair of shoes to those in need for every pair sold.
Who has the certification?
There are a number of different Hoosier businesses with this status, including:
- Selfless.ly — a “virtual foundation” that allows company leaders to increase their impact + offer philanthropy as a benefit to their employees
- Black Onyx Management — a research firm that helps build an infrastructure for continued equity and inclusion within organizations like Fortune 500 companies and major non-profits
- NEXT Studios — an entrepreneurial innovation studio housed in the 16 Tech Innovation District that helps under-served founders turn their ideas into new startups
How can I get my business certified?
- Gather supporting documentation + data
- Take the B Impact Assessment
- Verify your business with a B Lab analyst
- Sign the B Corp Agreement
Are you a B-Corp business? Let us know for a chance to be featured in an upcoming newsletter.