Guide to becoming a B Corp

5. What you'll need

To answer most questions you'll need documents, policies, metrics and more.

Important information you'll want to have on hand.

  • A payroll register and employee roster

  • Latest Profit & Loss Statement

  • Anything you formally 'track' e.g. energy use, employee attrition,  waste production

  • Understand the legal requirement

  • A list of your "significant suppliers”. This includes your top 80% of suppliers / vendors by dollar volume

  • A break down of revenue from your various products and services

  • Any sustainability / corporate social responsibility goals. This includes reports and progress tracking

  • An employee handbook

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How to approach completing

the assessment

  1. Take a first pass through the assessment and use the bookmark feature to flag questions to go back to later.

  2. Once you’ve gathered company info you didn’t have the first time, go through a second time and answer questions based on the evidence you have.

  3. If your score is still below 80, you will need to spend some time improving/ implementing practices.

  4. There may be questions that are not relevant or you're not able to get points in. Even high performing companies will not earn points in every question.

How to answer questions in the BIA

If a question is not relevant

Answer not applicable, don’t know or none of the above.

Answer only on current and past performance

Do not answer based on plans that your company has in the future.  

Have evidence to support your answer

Most questions requires that your company has some form of written policy or evidence to get points.

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Want to learn more about the BIA?

Head to our Knowledge Base (basically the Wikipedia of the BIA) that has a bunch of self-help articles, best practice guides and resources to help you on your B Corp journey. 

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