B Corp Recertification Process Steps

Modified on Tue, 06 Feb 2024 at 10:56 AM

The Recertification process requires you to do the following in preparation for your recertification review:

  1.  Verify the legal requirement has been met
    Review the legal pathway for your company given your corporate structure and region. Information  about your required legal change can also be found in your signed B Corp Agreement or Certification Memo, if one was provided.
    If your legal pathway was determined at the time of your last certification term and you have not yet sent the completed legal document to B Lab, please send documentation as soon as possible (via a support ticketto verify that the legal requirement has been met and to be able to move forward with the recertification process. Any changes to your company’s existing B Corp legal requirement (amendment to corporate documents or corporate structure) must be re-reviewed during your recertification process. Failure to have the B Corp Legal Requirement complete and up-to-date at recertification may put your company’s certification at risk of being made inactive.  

  2. Complete the current version of the B Impact Assessment (BIA)
    Your company will need to update the B Impact Assessment with current information about your company. To do this, login here: https://app.bimpactassessment.net/login. Your company already has an account with archived data.  Please do not create a new company account. If you have forgotten your password, you can reset it by following the "Forgot My Password" steps when logging in.  Once you login to your original account, you can add new team members to give them access to the company's account.  

  3. Submit an updated B Impact Assessment at least 6 months prior to recertification date – Note that this submission requirement is being implemented in 2024, and will first impact B Corps due for recertification in 2025**.  
    Once you have updated the B Impact Assessment with updated company information and current metrics and practices, you’ll need to proactively submit the assessment for review.

  4. Provide documentation to support assessment answers (Evaluation & Verification Queue stages)
    After submitting your assessment for review, you will receive instructions about preparing for the verification process and uploading supporting documentation to the B Impact Assessment platform, as well as any other relevant next steps.  

  5. Verification of B Impact Assessment (Verification stage) 

Once your assessment and supporting documentation (if requested) are ready for review, you will be assigned a Verification Analyst and the Verification stage will begin.  Depending on your company profile and changes in company information since your previous review cycle, the Verification stage may include scheduling a review call and/or a request for additional documentation. In order to have an equitable review process and maintain sufficient levels of service for all companies, we offer up to two rounds of review in the Verification stage. That means that all supporting documentation must be provided within the two rounds, and additional follow-up information will not be considered for review. This stage typically takes several months to conclude after the assessment has been submitted. Once our team is prepared to wrap up the  recertification process, we will send you an updated B Corp Agreement outlining the terms of certification, for signature by your team. 

Completing  the criteria above will ensure that your B Corp Certification remains in good standing. Failure to do any of these steps within the timelines communicated may result in  certification being made inactive. If you have any questions about the status of your certification, legal requirement or recertification requirements, please reach out to the B Lab Partner in your region, or submit a ticket to the B Lab Global Support Team here

**Please note that this submission requirement does not apply to companies undergoing 

recertification on the Large Enterprise (LE) or Multinational Company (MNC) approach.

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