B Corps by the Numbers

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In May 2014, the number of Certified B Corporations rose to more than 1,000 worldwide.

  • 1,020 B Corporations
  • 34 Countries
  • 60 Industries
  • 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 LabBenefit 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:
  1. Assess to Get a Baseline
  2. Compare Your Impact
  3. 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.


Questions? Reach out to B Lab or a B Corporation, like Impact Makers.