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Road to B Corp | More than a certificate

2024

Navigating the B Corp certification process may seem challenging for many organizations, but the positive impact it yields outweighs the associated hurdles. In our experience, the key to sustainable transformation lies in leveraging the B Impact Assessment (BIA), a powerful tool created by B Lab.

This tool, helps  businesses understand and improve their sustainability impact, is more than just a checklist; it is a first step towards a shift in how we look at ourselves and our environment.  Whether focused on diminishing our ecological footprint, elevating employee well-being, or making meaningful contributions to the community, the BIA not only provides insights into your current position but also empowers you to articulate a clear ambition for your organization’s sustainable journey.

B Corp: More Than a Certificate

B Corp represents a movement of companies worldwide committed not only to profit, but also to the well-being of people, communities, and our planet. B Corp certification is more than just a stamp of approval; it’s a commitment to your customers, employees, and stakeholders that your company operates according to the highest standards of responsible business.

The Power of the B Impact Assessment Tool

The B Impact Assessment (BIA) tool is a comprehensive self-evaluation that helps your company gain insight into its current impact across various domains: environment, community, employees, customers, and governance. This tool is particularly valuable for all businesses, regardless of size or sector, as it provides concrete insights into areas for improvement. It enables companies to work step by step towards increasing their positive impact.

CSRD and BIA: A Valuable Starting Point

For companies gearing up for compliance with the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), starting with the BIA is an excellent starting point. While the CSRD imposes specific requirements for reporting sustainability data, the BIA provides a solid foundation by identifying and assessing key areas of impact. The overlap between CSRD obligations and BIA domains can stimulate internal discussions about sustainability within your organization, fostering broader understanding and engagement.

Elemental’s Approach: From Quickscan to Roadmap

At Elemental, we often begin with a quickscan session, where we walk through the BIA tool together with a team from your organization. This results in an initial assessment of where your organization stands in terms of sustainability. Next, we define your company’s ambition: what do you aim to achieve in terms of sustainability? By linking this ambition to the various impact areas of the BIA, we create a roadmap of initiatives towards that ambition. This clarifies areas where further work is needed to achieve the desired levels of impact.

Sustainability should not be an afterthought; it is an essential component of modern business. The B Impact Assessment tool offers a practical and accessible way to start making a difference. Whether your goal is B Corp certification or improving your sustainability performance, the BIA is an excellent starting point.

Take the First Step towards Sustainability Today: Discover how the B Impact Assessment Tool can help your organization make a difference. Are you ready to embark on your sustainability journey? Reach out to us for a personalized quickscan session and take the first step towards a more sustainable future.

Want to know more about our approach? Contact Justin van der Starre (justin.vanderstarre@elementalstrategy.com)

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