Completing the assessment is different for everyone. It will likely take a few attempts before you reach 80+ points, submit, and become a B Corp.
You will most likely need to spend time making improvements.
Learn from other B Corps about what they did .
Attend workshops or work with a B Consultant for additional support.
Steps for completing the assessment
Block out time in your calendar do a first attempt at the assessment. Try to answer as many questions as you can and bookmark those you need to come back to later.
Gather missing information for bookmarked questions and engage colleagues to support you. Use the learn function or the knowledge base to get a better understanding of questions that are unclear.
If your score is below 80 points, set goals and use the improvement report to make a plan. Most companies come in below 80 points on the first try, but continuous improvement is what defines a B Corp!
Learn from other B Corps
Hear how B Corps navigated their journey to certification, which improvements were key, and their top tips, including open-sourced guides and policies you can use yourself!
Tips for completing the BIA
SET IMPROVEMENT GOALS
Use the 'star' icon to set goals, get email reminders, and review your Goal Report.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to complete the assessment?
What if I don't know all my answers?
Estimate your answers and bookmark questions to revisit later. We recommend getting someone with deep knowledge of a company's operations to do the first pass, as they'll likely have access to the information needed.
What if some questions aren't relevant to my business?
It is common for small companies to feel that questions such as governance structures and measuring carbon emissions are more relevant for larger businesses, even when on the correct track. They are intentionally designed to be aspirational. Consider some of these questions as reach targets or future improvement opportunities.
If you have reviewed the previous BIA Set Up section of this guide, you can be confident that you're on the correct Assessment Track.
Who do I need to engage before starting?
Engage your leadership team early on, as this often leads to important conversations about the direction of the business. If you are still articulating the value proposition of certification, we recommend completing the Intro to B Corp Short Course (1 hour) to hear directly from local B Corps on why they certified. B Corp certification is a transformational journey - the reasons for certifying now could change down the track as a company matures in their impact journey.
When there is commitment to certify, certification becomes a team sport. Commonly you would to involve team members in HR, Operations & Finance, and Legal. At this stage, you can assign questions and deadlines to different team members.
As a small business, achieving 80 points seems out of reach. Should we continue?
We are certain that B Corp certification is available to those committed to meeting the performance requirement one day - therefore achieving certification is a question of when, not if!
What is the N/A score?
What evidence is needed? Do I need to have all my documents ready when I submit?
It is not a requirement, but some companies use the activity section below each question to make notes for other team members or upload documents for information sharing. The activity section was developed to support teams to collaborate. Some users prefer to keep the documentation in a folder and organise it by impact area for easy access.
What information do I need to have to complete the assessment?
A payroll register and employee roster
Latest Profit & Loss Statement
Anything you formally 'track' e.g. energy use, employee attrition, or waste production
A list of your "significant suppliers”. This includes the top 80% of suppliers and vendors based on expense
A breakdown of revenue from your various products and services
Any sustainability or corporate social responsibility goals, including annual reports and progress tracking
An employee handbook
Can the list of questions be downloaded?
Yes, questions can be filtered and then downloaded into a PDF or spreadsheet format. Click on the Questions Filter from the left menu, then click on Filter on the top right. The filter menu will appear on the right of your screen to enable you to select the types of questions you would like to filter. Once you are happy with the list of questions selected, you can click “Download or Print PDF."