B Consultants Program

An in-depth training program for consultants committed to supporting companies to improve their social and environmental impact, and to become Certified B Corporations (B Corps).

Who is the B Consultants program for?

This program is for experienced consultants who provide services to businesses in Australia and New Zealand and who are: 

  • Committed to using business as a force for good

  • Experienced providing consulting services to businesses

  • Familiar with sustainability, the B Impact Assessment and/or the B Corp movement (beneficial)

 

You do not need to work for a B Corp yourself, however it would be an advantage for you to have undertaken the B Impact Assessment.

 

What will I learn?

  • How to help your clients to navigate the B Impact Assessment (BIA) - the first step towards becoming a B Corp

  • Understand the B Corp Standards and legal requirement for businesses to comply with in order to become a B Corp

  • How to support your clients to identify impact improvements opportunities and set goals in all areas of their business, including their operations and business model

  • How to communicate the benefits and process of joining the Certified B Corporation community to your clients.

Outcomes & benefits

During the B Consultants Program:

  • Hands-on experience leading companies through the start of the B Corp Certification process

  • Mentoring by highly-experienced B Lab Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) team members (available to launch program participants only)

  • Connection and networking with the community of B Consultants in Australia and New Zealand

On completion of the B Consultants Program:

  • Promotion of the person who has completed the program as a B Consultant on B Lab ANZ's website and other communications channels

  • Potential opportunities to facilitate training and deliver consultancy services on behalf of B Lab ANZ

  • Certificates of completion for B Corp Short Course and B Consultants Training Program

Becoming a B Consultant

Before the program

The B Consultants program:

There are three components to the program:

 

  1. B Consultant Live Virtual Workshops: Participants will take part in interactive workshops on: Inside the Global B Corp Movement; Using the B Impact Assessment (BIA) to drive business improvements; Understanding impact business models (IBMs); Marketing and delivering services using the BIA and B Corp certification. There will be 4 x 2 hour workshops. 
     

  2. Online Learning Space: Participants will have access to on-demand resources, templates and group discussions via Thinkific. Self-guided learning will be approx. 1-2 hours per workshop topic.
     

  3. Applied Learning: Participants must do one (or both) of the following: complete a BIA or complete an impact improvement plan for a company registered in the BIA. The BIA is the key component of the B Corp certification process. An impact improvement plan identifies the areas in the BIA where there is opportunity for the company to improve to increase their B Impact Score so that they are eligible for B Corp certification. B Lab will review the completed BIA and/or impact improvement plan and provide feedback in a one-on-one session with each participant. These activities need to be completed within 6 months of the workshops.

B Lab ANZ wishes to ensure that companies receive effective and appropriate support to engage with the BIA and the B Corp certification. In the unlikely event that B Lab is not satisfied with the level of participation or activities completed by a participant, they will be asked to continue their learning in a subsequent B Consultant Program.

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Ongoing commitments

In ordering to maintain your B Consultant status, you must demonstrate ongoing commitment through the following steps:

  • Attend a B Consultant Webinar (1 every 12 months, AUD$330)

  • Provide one mentoring session to a future B Consultant Program participant to provide feedback on a BIA and/or impact improvement plan they have completed

  • Mentor 1 or more B Consultants to complete two BIAs within 18 months of completing the B Consultant workshops

  • Engage with the B Local in your city though attending B Local events and participating in other activities

  • For consultants in businesses <AUS$100m revenue: complete B Corp Certification for your business within 18 months of the B Consultant workshops (if not already a Certified B Corp)

  • For consultants in businesses >AUS$100m revenue: complete the B Impact Assessment for your business within 18 months of the B Consultant workshops (if not already a Certified B Corp)

B Lab ANZ will continue to promote B Consultants while these commitments are met.

Key dates

  • Applications now open

  • Applications close: 15th November 2020

  • Successful applicants notified: Early December 2020

  • Self-guided learning available: Mid-December 2020 to February 2021

  • Become a B Corp workshop available (optional, complimentary): February to July 2021

  • B Consultants Live Virtual Workshops: 16th and 18th February 2021

  • Applied learning: available February through to July 2021

Applications

B Consultants Program fee:

  • AUD$1500 for consultants employed by a B Corp

  • AUD$2500 for other consultants

  • AUD$1000 for a second consultant from your business

Two scholarship places will be available for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and/or Maori consultants that provide consulting services to Maori and/or Indigenous businesses. These scholarships are offered as part of B Lab Australia and New Zealand's commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion.

Successful applicants are requested to pay the fee in two monthly installments (50% on registration and 50% one month later).

Successful applicants are requested to pay the fee in two monthly installments via credit card.

There will be a maximum of 25 participants.

Frequently asked questions

Who is the B Consultants program for?

The B Consultants program is for people that have experience providing consulting services to businesses, and are committed to supporting companies to improve their social and environmental impact, and to become Certified B Corporations (B Corps). It is helpful to have experience with the B Impact Assessment, the B Corp Certification and/or sustainability, but it is not essential. We are looking for participants from a range of locations, industries, and B Corps or aspiring B Corps.

What will I be able to charge as a B Consultant?

B Consultants will be able to set their own fees for services that use the skills and knowledge gained through the B Consultants program.

What will participants be able to do when they complete the B Consultants program?

People who complete all elements of the B Consultants program will be listed on the B Corporation Australia and New Zealand website. B Consultants will be able to build the skills and knowledge they learn into their consulting offerings. Some participants may be invited to deliver training and/or services on behalf of B Lab Australia and New Zealand.

Can I take the B Consultant Program with my colleague or colleagues?

Definitely! Companies who would like to have more than one employee trained as B Consultants will only pay a discounted fee of $1,000 for every additional participant.

What are my ongoing commitments as a B Consultant?

To become a B Consultant participants will need to complete all aspects of the B Consultants program (listed above).

B Consultants will need to stay up to date with the latest developments in the B Impact Assessment and the B Corp Certification via an annual webinar, provide a mentoring session to a subsequent program participant, engage with the B Corp community in your area, and work towards your business becoming a B Corp.

Who is recognised as being a B Consultant and how are they recognised?

The B Consultants Program is for individuals.  People who complete the B Consultant program and meet the ongoing commitments (see above) are recognised as B Consultants and listed on the B Corporation ANZ website. You can include your current employer in your B Consultant listing. If you leave your company and continue to meet program requirements, you can still be recognised as a B Consultant.

B Lab respectfully acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, the traditional custodians of the land on which we work, and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

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