B Corp Kickstarter

A clear direction and action plan to simplify the process of becoming a certified B Corporation

“Society’s most challenging problems cannot be solved by government and non-profits alone. By harnessing the power of business, B Corps use profits and growth as a means to a greater end: positive impact for their employees, communities, and the environment. The B Corp community works toward reduced inequality, lower levels of poverty, a healthier environment, stronger communities, and the creation of more high quality jobs with dignity and purpose.”

If you want to become part of a global community that believes business can be a force for good, then you’re in the right place.

The combination of third-party validation, public transparency, and legal accountability help Certified B Corps build trust and value.

But where do you start?

The B Corp Kickstarter is for you if:

→ You’re committed to becoming a certified B Corporation within the next 12 months

 

→ You believe that business should exist for more than just profit

 

 You’ve started completing the B Impact Assessment but you’re scoring below the required 80 points

 

→ You’re prepared to make the necessary changes within your business but aren’t sure how to move forward

 

→ You have some operational procedures in place but you’re not sure if these fulfil the B Corp requirements

 

→ You’re committed to balancing purpose and profit but limited time means this keeps getting pushed down your “to do” list

 

→ You want clarity on quick wins that will boost your score

Together, we’ll build a tailored action plan that will simplify the process of becoming a certified B Corporation.

1) THE BIA

A first pass at the B Impact Assessment is the best place to start. We’ll work together so you’re comfortable using the online tool and are on the right track before we start to build you up to 80 points.

2) BASELINE SCORE

Getting a clear understanding of your baseline score is essential. This helps us to understand whether we’re starting the journey to 80 points from 30 or 60. While both starting point are perfectly valid, it’s important to set expectations around the timings and amount of work that will be involved. 

3) ROADMAP TO 80

Once we’re clear on your baseline score we can start to build your roadmap to achieving 80 points, starting with quick and low cost wins.

4) B CORP ACTION PLAN

Together we will create a tailored, comprehensive action plan which will set out your journey to B Corp certification, including timelines and resources required.

5) ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE

Where appropriate, I will provide you with additional tools to assist you in writing procedures or calculating your carbon emissions, for example. 

6) FOLLOW ON SUPPORT

If you decide at this stage that you would like additional support, I am more than happy to help. The B Corp journey can vary quite a lot for different companies based on size and complexity. By completing this initial phase of the process, however, it gives everyone involved much more clarity on the time and resources that will be required.

Benefits of becoming a B Corporation

 

» Set yourself apart from the competition

» Join a community of like-minded businesses for support

» Measure and track your social and environmental goals

» Protect your brand mission by ensuring it remains central to business decisions, especially as you scale

» Attract and retain the top talent in the marketplace

» Attract clients that align with your values

» Boost customer loyalty and trust

If you’re after more of a light touch level of support, give the B Corp Bootcamp a go. Prices start from just £180 a session.

THE PROCESS AND HANDY LINKS

 

1. Meet the legal requirements

2. Complete the B Impact Assessment

3. Verify your answers with a B Corp analyst

4. Provide evidence in support of your assessment

5. Sign the B Corp Agreement

6. Pay the annual fee

Why not get started by downloading the B Corp Checklist to learn about eligibility requirements, the process and what types of questions you’ll need to answer in the impact assessment.

Following receipt of your action plan, you can implement any recommendations yourself or we can discuss additional support options for implementing your action plan during your review call.

I understand that it can feel quite daunting getting started but it doesn’t need to. Get in touch for a free, no obligation chat to discuss your sustainability goals.

Nancy has been a huge help in getting Herb UK B Corp status. She is always professional and responsive in all her communications. If you want to create a more sustainable future then talk to Nancy.

Raoul

Managing Director, Herb UK