Business Magazine

B Corps: The May Update

Posted on the 25 May 2011 by Blab

B Corps: The May Update 

B Lab has been busy this spring. New Jersey and Virginia passed Benefit Corporation legislation, the community grew to over 400 B Corporations, and B Lab has launched the public beta of GIIRS and Version 3.0 of the B Impact Assessment. With so much going on, it’s easy to lose track. Here’s an update on what you may have missed since our recent Annual Report.

Benefit Corp Legislation: 4 Down, 46 to Go

Virginia and New Jersey have joined Maryland and Vermont in creating a new corporate form for the new economy. Both states passed the legislation unanimously. Learn more about the status of other states moving forward on our Policy Page.

Learn More Now.

Gaining Momentum: 400 B Corps and Counting

Over 400 B Corporations are now using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Lab certified 38 B Corps in Q1-2011. We are thrilled to welcome companies, such as Revolution Foods, Namaste Solar and W.S. Badger Co, Inc. To all B Corporations, thank you for your continued leadership and support. To other leaders, please join us.

In May B Lab will launch the B Academy, an informative monthly webinar series aimed at new companies considering B Corp certification. If you’d like to invite a friend or peer company to participate, contact thelab@bcorporation.net for more details.

In The News: Inc Magazine and the New York Times Take Notice

The B Corp community is gaining recognition. Inc Magazine features Cascade Engineering, a Michigan B Corp, in the May issue as a leader in social enterprise. Be sure to look for the B Corp callout, which also mentions method, Norwood Marble and Granite, Traditional Medicinals, Guayaki and Numi Organic Tea. Read it here.

The NY Time’s author, Tina Rosenberg, also highlighted B Corps in her Fixes column. In two articles, she argued the case for B Corps and included voices from across the community. Thank you to everyone who commented, showing the power of our collective voice.

A Scorecard for Companies With a Conscience

Ethical Business With a Better Bottom Line

In the March/April 2011 Edition of Sierra Magazine, the Certified B Corporation log was named one of the nine most trustworthy eco-certifications.

Sierra Club names B Corp One of the Most Trustworthy Eco-Certifications

Pro Bono Legal Services for
B Corps: TrustLaw Becomes a Service Partner

B Lab is excited to announce a new Service Partnership with TrustLaw, a program of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, providing legal pro bono services to B Corps. TrustLaw is an international vehicle for pro bono legal support and a hub of legal information, run by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of the world’s leading provider of news and information. At the heart of the project is an ambitious electronic platform called TrustLaw Connect, designed to create a new “marketplace” for international pro bono work.

Learn more on our services page.

Continuous Improvement: Public Beta of Version 3.0 of B Impact Assessment is Launched

Your feedback is needed. After a private beta involving 200 companies in 30 countries, the public beta for Version 3.0 of the B Impact Assessment is occurring now through June 2. Help us create a more accurate and useful tool to assess corporate social and environmental impact. Version 3.0 offers a new Emerging Markets track and expanded social enterprise model metrics. Check out the public beta

GIIRS: World Beta

The GIIRS public beta is also taking place and all B Corps are eligible for a free GIIRS Rating. GIIRS is a ratings agency that provides comparable and transparent social and environmental performance data on enterprises seeking investment capital. By participating in the public beta, your company will become more visible and attractive to impact investors. Want to learn more? Visit giirs.org

Spread the Word

As always, please spread the word through email, Facebook and Twitter!

B the Change and let us know what you think!


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Video: SalomonTV Takes Us on a Dream Trip to Nepal

    Video: SalomonTV Takes Dream Trip Nepal

    If you could go on a dream trip, where would it be? For trail runner Tyler Courville, it would be a visit to Nepal to go running with National Geographic... Read more

    The 23 May 2017 by   Kungfujedi
    OUTDOORS
  • 5 Ice Cream Shops Keeping Chicago Cool This Summer

    Cream Shops Keeping Chicago Cool This Summer

    There’s no better sweet treat during summertime than ice cream. When the sun is out and temperatures climb higher, warm desserts just can’t compete. Read more

    The 23 May 2017 by   Urbanmatter Chicago
    TRAVEL
  • Coqui Coqui Residences

    Coqui Residences

    The chill and laid back subtle bohemian modern rustic elegance of the Coqui Coqui residences is undoubtedly the best way to drift away on a hectic Tuesday... Read more

    The 23 May 2017 by   Myparadissi
    HOME, INTERIOR DESIGN
  • First Look: Christian Actress Meagan Good In Election Night Romance

    First Look: Christian Actress Meagan Good Election Night Romance

    ChristianNews We have the first look pics of Christian actress Meagan Good in an election night romance drama starring opposite Omari Hardwick. Read more

    The 23 May 2017 by   Firstladyb
    SPIRITUALITY
  • Sedo Weekly Sales Led by Leem.com

    Sedo released their weekly sales and Leem.com was the top sale at $30,000. OnlyYou.com sold for $27,000. Songs and movies have both been titled Only You, so thi... Read more

    The 23 May 2017 by   Worldwide
    BUSINESS, TECH
  • Combining Posts

    Combining Posts

    Due to illness (not mine) it's been a while since I've been out either on the patch or further afield, today I finally made it out for a morning stroll around... Read more

    The 23 May 2017 by   Ashley Crombet-Beolens
    ENVIRONMENT
  • Sir Roger Moore – Always Living in the Fast Lane…

    Roger Moore Always Living Fast Lane…

    Today at the age of 89 years, the film actor and former "James Bond", Sir Roger Moore passed away, after a short battle with cancer. He was the longest serving... Read more

    The 23 May 2017 by   Solarisastro
    BODY, MIND, SPIRIT, SPIRITUALITY

Magazine