Industries flagged for eligibility review
As an increasing number of companies apply for B Corp Certification, B Lab and its Standards Advisory Council must develop models for how to effectively evaluate the impacts of many different industries, policies, and practices.
Determining industry eligibility for certification
As an increasing number of companies apply for B Corp Certification, B Lab and its Standards Advisory Council must develop models for how to effectively evaluate the impacts of many different industries, policies, and practices. For high-impact, controversial industries, this is done through an Eligibility Review. This review is a formal analysis and stakeholder engagement process regarding a specific industry’s B Corp Certification eligibility by B Lab’s independent third party governing body, the Standards Advisory Council (SAC). The outcome of this process conveys an Eligibility determination, alongside any standards or remediation actions applicable to companies operating in this sector. Examples of eligibility review outcomes and standards can be accessed here.
Industry review calendar for 2022
As a body of independent members from third party organisations and expert stakeholders, the Standards Advisory Council (SAC) has a limited capacity to meet and review industries each calendar year, particularly in light of the significant amount of research, stakeholder engagement, and Board of Director oversight that goes into each review cycle. The review calendar for 2022 has been fully scheduled, and will include the industries listed below:
Until an Eligibility Review for the flagged industry is conducted and the standards have been published by the SAC, companies that operate directly in the industry will need to await its outcome before proceeding with B Corp certification. B Lab UK greatly appreciates the interest and commitment of companies from all industries to join the B Corp movement, and thanks all interested parties for their understanding as B Lab develops its standards with the time and rigour the process requires.
Topics shortlisted for 2023+
- Palm Oil
- Automotive Production Industry and Related Automotive
- Companies with Ties to Colonialism
- Large Financial Services Companies (1B+ in revenue)
- Prescreen- Monopoly Creation and Tobacco Distribution
- Social Media & Technology