The Certification Process - B Lab UK

Certification overview

Certified B Corporations, or B Corps, are companies verified by B Lab to meet high standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. Find out more about B Corps and the path to certification.

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Why become a B Corp? 

B Corp Certification is your commitment to using business as a force for good whilst giving you tangible benefits. Research shows that B Corps out-perform their UK peers across several business metrics. By joining the movement you become part of a wider community of companies who are using business as a force for good

Take our introductory training 

We have a range of tools, training and resources to support you in your journey to becoming a B Corp. If you're new to the movement, we recommend our free 90-minute introductory training to help you get started. 

7 steps to certification

Becoming a B Corp is a rigorous but rewarding process. Our seven steps give you all the information that you need to become a B Corp, from pricing to eligibility all the way through to becoming part of the community.

  • Who can certify? 01

    Any for-profit company that has been operating for 12 months or more can become a B Corp. Find out more about our eligibility criteria.

  • Pricing 02

    Eligible companies must submit their B Impact Assessment, paying a submission and verification fee during the certification process, and then paying an annual fee as a member of the B Corp community. Eligible entrepreneurs who face systematic barriers to business ownership can receive a 40% discount on the annual fee.

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    The B Impact Assessment

    Completing the BIA is the first step to certification. The tool helps you measure and manage your impact, and all B Corps must score 80+ to certify. Get started with the BIA.

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    B Corp Legal requirements

    A big part of certification is known as the legal requirement. It involves amending your company's legal structure and/or articles of association to show your commitment to being a responsible business. By doing this, you can earn up to 10 points on the B Impact Assessment.

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    The review process

    Once you've completed the BIA and Disclosure Questionnaire, you’re on the way to becoming a B Corp. The review process is conducted in two stages - Evaluation, led by B Lab UK, and Verification, led by B Lab Global. Find out more about it.

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    Reporting your impact

    All certified B Corps in the UK need to write an annual impact report. Read our guide to find out how to get started.

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    Joining the community

    The UK is now home to the second largest B Corp community in the world. From the B Hive network to B Local's there's a range of activities and initiatives that you can get involved in. Connect with other B Corps.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Have a specific question? Not to worry, someone else has likely had a similar query. Head to our FAQs to get answers to your specific questions.