There are around 80 tracks available for the B Impact Assessment, depending on a company's industry, size and geography.

Key points

  • Your track is determined by a company's location, size, sector, and industry. Ensure these are correct from the start, as it will determine the assessment questions.

  • If you're in financial services, education, or real estate industries, read the end of this section carefully. 

How to create your company's profile

Watch this short video if you have yet to create a B Impact Assessment. 

If you already have an existing BIA
  •  Watch this video to check your current assessment track.
  • Read the rest of this page to confirm that you are on the correct track 

 

What determines my assessment track?

Market

Market is based on the country of incorporation. Companies headquartered in Australia or New Zealand are automatically selected into the 'Developed- Global' market.

Size (Employees)

Size is determined by a company's full-time equivalent (FTE) workforce. This is calculated based on full-time, part-time, casual, and temporary employees who are on the payroll.

FTE calculation

For the assessment, an employee's full-time equivalent is equal to the number of hours worked per week divided by 40, multiplied by the number of months worked in a year divided by 12.

 

For example, a person working 20 hours per week for 12 months would be 0.5 FTE.

Founders or working owners

Founders or working owners are not counted if they are the only employees on a company's payroll. These companies should opt onto the zero workers track.

Independent contractors

Only include independent contractors if they have been contracted for more than 20 hours per week for more than 6 months of the last year. In this case, they are recognised in FTE as a part-time employee.

Workers employed through a temp agency who are not on your payroll should be excluded. 

Sector

MANUFACTURING

A company that manufactures >10% of its own products for sale or manufactures products for sale by another company or brand.

 

Examples: contract manufacturers, assembly lines, breweries, livestock producers

SERVICES WITH MAJOR ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT

 A company that works in a service industry with a material environmental footprint due to its facilities, supply chain, or the intensity of its operations in delivery of services. Usually involves the operation of a physical space.  

 

Examples: hotels, restaurants, landscaping companies, universities

WHOLESALE  &
RETAIL

 A company that sells physical products and does not own or operate the manufacturing processes or facilities responsible for the creation of those physical goods.

 

Examples: grocery stores, e-commerce retailers, consumer goods companies that do not manufacture products, wholesalers of physical goods

AGRICULTURAL GROWERS

A company that operates a farm, agroprocessing facility, or sources crops directly from farmer-growers for a majority of raw input materials.

 

Examples: fruit or vegetable farms, farmers' markets, coffee plantations, coffee roasters

SERVICES WITH MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT

 A company that earns revenue through the provision of non-physical services. The company does not sell a physical product or does not own/operate a retail, wholesale, or manufacturing facility.


Examples: law firms, marketing & communications agencies, software companies

Industry

Be mindful to select your industry carefully. You can browse all industry categories here.

 

If the following industries might apply to your business, take care to choose the correct industry. You may have additional questions on your assessment. 

  • Financial institutions and services

  • Real estate Design and Building 

  • Educational institutions and services 

Remember to contact B Lab if:

  • Your company operates in 2 or more industries, in 5 or more countries, or has 10 or more subsidiaries.

  • You need to change your assessment track 

  • You're unsure about your assessment track

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