In May 2014, the number of Certified B Corporations rose to more than 1,000 worldwide.
- 1,020 B Corporations
- 34 Countries
- 60 Industries
- 1 Unifying Goal: to redefine success in business
B Corporations are certified to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. The B Corp certification is to sustainable business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk. Impact Makers is proud to be a Founding B Corp. We were originally certified in 2007.
Benefit Corporation Legislation – in 24 States
Benefit corporation legislation creates a new corporate form that empowers business leaders and investors to make decisions that are in the best interests of society as well as their bottom line.
- 24 states passed benefit corporation legislation
- 14 are working towards it
- 500+ registered benefit corporations
Benefit Corporations and Certified B Corporations are often, and understandably, confused because they share much in common, but have a few important differences. Certified B Corporation is a certification conferred by the nonprofit B Lab. Benefit corporation is a legal status administered by the state.
Virginia B Community
Virginia is currently home to:
- 16 Certified B Corps
- 44 Benefit Corporations
The local B Corp Community includes 16 Certified B Corps that have operations based in Virginia (see their B Corp profiles) and representatives from several large B Corps based elsewhere, including New Belgium Brewing Company and 3Degrees. A few of the 44 Virginia Benefit Corporations include ScoutComms, Impact Insurance Agency, and Rx Reporting Solutions.
To be involved on a local level, join the Virginia B Community mailing list.
What’s Your Company’s Impact?
Take the free B Impact Assessment to measure what matters most – the impact of your business on society and the environment.
- 15,000+ businesses have taken the assessment
- 3 steps:
- Assess to Get a Baseline
- Compare Your Impact
- Improve Your Impact
Knowing your company’s impact can help improve your business by attracting employees, getting press and recognition, and gaining a competitive advantage.