Where can I see how many points each question is worth

Because there are over 50 variations on the Assessment based on the size, industry, and geography of your company, each question is worth a slightly different amount for different businesses.

The best way to see the individual question weightings is by logging into the B Impact Assessment > Clicking “Step 3: Improve Your Impact” > Clicking “My Customized Improvement Guide.”   Click here to see the overall section weightings.

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What is considered a "good" score

Any score higher than 0 points is a good score, as a positive score indicates that the company is doing something positive for society and the environment. The Assessment rewards practices that go beyond standard business practice; therefore, every point earned on the Assessment reflects incremental, positive impact.

Most companies score between 40 and 100 points out of the 200 points available. 

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It is important to note that every company has a different purpose for being in business – some intend to focus solely on making a return, while some intend to create social impact simultaneously with financial returns. There are three distinguishable types of businesses that perform differently on the Assessment based on their intent for being in business:

  • Ordinary Businesses – Whose primary objective in business is to generate high financial returns. They may be interested in the possibility of using their business to serve a higher purpose, but are not actively pursuing this objective.
  • Sustainable Businesses – Whose primary objective is to both pursue positive impact and generate returns. They may be actively pursuing their impact objectives, but may or may not have taken the steps to measure and evaluate how their business impact society and the environment.
  • B Corporations – Businesses that are primarily trying to solve a social or environmental issue through their enterprise. All B Corps measure their impact and achieve at least 80pts on the B Impact Assessment to validate that they have achieved a significant threshold of impact. They also expand their corporate duties to include the consideration of the interests of all stakeholders, not just shareholders. B Corps are typically focused on improving and sustaining their impact over time and generating profit simultaneously.
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Is there a version for small businesses

Yes.  You will receive questions that are tailored to the size (number of employees) and type (sector) of business when you register on the B Impact Assessment.  Please indicate the appropriate number of employees at this time, so that we can provide you the most appropriate Assessment.  

Most businesses that use the B Impact Assessment are firms that have between 0 and 50 employees.

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How much does the Assessment cost

The Assessment is a free, public service provided by B Lab, a non-profit organization.

If your business is interested in becoming a Certified B Corporation, there is additional time and cost involved to verify your company’s practices with B Lab Staff.  Learn more about the time or cost involved in becoming a Certified B Corporation here»

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How long does the Assessment take

For most small businesses, the Assessment normally takes between 1-3 hours to complete a rough baseline. The time involved largely depends on the size, age, and complexity (number of operating locations) of your company. For your convenience the assessment can be saved and revisited at anytime to allow for easy access.

We strongly encourage that you estimate your answers the first time or mark questions as "Revisit This".

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