The B Impact Assessment

Everything you need to know


What is the B Impact Assessment?


The B Impact Assessment is an online assessment that allows your business to receive a B Corporation Certification, but can also be used as a tool to help your business measure, manage, and make a positive impact on the way your business affects the environment, communities around you, and your customers and employees.


You will need a minimum score of 80 on the assessment to become B Corp certified, the test consists of five sections: governance, workers, community, environment, and customers. In each section you will be asked a series of questions about your company’s processes regarding that specific section. Once you finish the assessment you can compare your score to thousands of other businesses and find where you might have room to improve. Lets dive into what each of these sections mean.

Governance in the B Impact Assessment

This section of the B Impact assessment evaluates your business’ mission and your ability as a business to protect your mission. It also evaluates engagement around your businesses impact on the environment. This section will recognize companies who regularly and formally consider stakeholders when making decisions in their company whether it be through their corporate structure or their governing documents.


Not only will improving your governance structure put you on the right track to becoming B Corp Certified, but it will also help build brand trust within your consumer base, attract impact investors, and help you maintain the mission of your business for the long term.

Workers in the B Impact Assessment

This section of the B Impact assessment evaluates your contributions as a company to your employees. Everything from their financial security, health and safety, to their career development, engagement and satisfaction. This section will recognize companies with models designed to specifically benefit their employees, such as those that have development programs that help and support people with barriers to becoming employed.


Not only will improving your worker structure put you on the right track to becoming B Corp Certified, but it will also help increase productivity in the workplace, improve client health, and allow for better business outcomes

Community in the B Impact Assessment

This section of the B Impact assessment evaluates your company’s impact on the community around you. This section will focus on your supply chain management, the level of diversity in your team, your impact on the economy, the inclusion and equity within your organization, civic engagement, and charitable actions/donations. This section will recognize companies with models designed to address specific problems in their communities such as working to alleviate poverty by trade sourcing, charitable actions/donations, and focused economic development.


Not only will improving your community structure put you on the right track to becoming B Corp Certified, but it will also help increase your brand awareness, improve your community structure, and create a work culture of positivity and helpfulness.

Environment in the B Impact Assessment

This section of the B Impact assessment evaluates the environmental practices your company makes. It looks at the direct  impact your company’s operations make on the climate, air, water, and biodiversity in the world around you and, if applicable, your supply chain and distribution channels. This section will recognize companies whose production processes are environmentally innovative, and those companies that produce products or services that have a positive impact on the environment.


Not only will improving your environment structure put you on the right track to becoming B Corp Certified, but it will also help reduce your costs, increase the retention of employees while attracting new ones, and improve the reputation of your business.

Customers in the B Impact Assessment

This section of the B Impact assessment evaluates the way you treat your customers through your products and services, marketing, and the privacy of data and security.  This section of the assessment also recognizes products and services that address social problems for or through its customers, including health and educational services and products and providing to underserved customers. It also recognizes all businesses that improve the social impact of their business.       


Not only will improving your customer structure put you on the right track to becoming B Corp Certified, but it will also increase the loyalty of your customers, allow your prices to be raised, and prevent outside data threats.


What are my next steps?

Now that you have familiarized yourself with each of the sections of the B Impact Assessment, you’re on the right path to becoming a B corporation certified business. If you’re still struggling to find a place to start, let us help.