Here's everything you need to know about certification wait times and how to navigate your review process.
How to use this guide
This page is designed for companies who have submitted their BIA but have not yet been assigned to an analyst.
Due to record demand in certification, we currently have around 100 companies sitting in what we call 'Evaluation Queue' waiting to be assigned to an analyst.
This page is designed to give you:
the most up-to-date information around current wait times from submission
teach you how to navigate your review process and see if you have any outstanding tasks that need completing
give you tips on how you can use this wait time to prepare your assessment so it has the best chance of progressing.
Current wait time from submission - 8 months
What does the wait time mean for my business?
Due to growing interest in certification, we currently have a backlog of companies waiting to be assigned.
In order to increase transparency, we are updating the above wait time on the 1st day of every month to give you the most recent guidance from our global team. This wait time is from your time of submission.
To check the date you submitted watch the video here.
Why is there a wait time?
Watch this video from B Lab co-founder Bart Houlahan to learn more!
The review process
Below is a rough timeline for the review process and it's various stages from submission to certification.
The following timeline is a guide only. Actual times depend on:
whether a company drops below 80 points
a company's response time to queries and documentation requests
demand for certification
A review may be closed if the company does not respond to requests after a period of time.
You are here
Submit and pay submission fee
Read more about the submission fee here.
Due to record demand for certification, you will spend a few months in a queue before you're assigned an analyst for evaluation. You can still edit your assessment in this stage, so use this time to improve your score. Australian companies can also complete the legal requirement.
You will be asked to start uploading documents to support answers in your assessment.
You will be assigned an analyst who will work with you to review your assessment. Additional documentation will be requested via the Verification Report. In some cases, a review call is conducted.
Should you drop below 80 points during Verification, a 3-month improvement phase is added to this timeline.
Final internal review
Your disclosure questionnaire will be reviewed and a background check is conducted by the Analyst. The final step is a peer review before certification is finalised.
Sign the B Corp agreement, pay your annual certification fee, and get welcomed into the B Corp community!
If for any reason you have chosen not to proceed with the B Corp review process, please email: email@example.com
What can you do while you wait?
There are things you can do during your wait time to refine your assessment so that it's in the best shape possible when you get assigned to an analyst. Below are some of the things you can do!
Get your assessment ready
Improve your score while you wait
Did you know your assessment is still editable? Use this time to make improvements in your business with the following resources:
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any fees associated with the review process?
Companies that certify under the Large Enterprise approach are subject to additional fees due to additional verification requirements. Companies with annual revenue above A$100 million and either a) operate in 2 or more industries or 5 or more countries, or b) have 10 or more subsidiaries should contact us to complete discovery and scoping.
What if my score drops below 80 during the review?
If I don't certify, can I still use the B Impact Assessment?
How do I check where I am in the review process?
Watch this video to see how you can check your status and whether you have outstanding actions to complete.
Does the legal requirement apply to me?
Currently, there is a legal requirement for all companies in Australia. The legal requirement must be met in order for companies to maintain certification.
Companies with less than $5 million revenue must complete the legal requirement before certification.
Companies with annual revenue of $5 million or more have 12 months from certification to complete the legal requirement.
Publicly listed companies or other companies with complex structures may have more than 12 months to meet the requirement.
Read more here.
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