Why is the qualifying bar 80 points to become a B Corporation
Setting this threshold is admittedly a work in progress, but here is how the Standards Council arrived at 80.
Since each impact area (ie. Workers, Community, or Environment) is worth roughly 40 points, achieving 80 points total would mean that the company has to excel in multiple areas to achieve B Corp Certification.
Philosophically, the Standards Council aims to recognize those companies as B Corporations that create positive impact in multiple impact areas, instead of just one. As an example, a company that achieves 80 points is more likely to be one that produces chairs from recycled metals AND pays fair wages to its employees (amongst many other practices). In this way, the Assessment is asking businesses who might only be using recycled metals in manufacturing but not necessarily creating positive impact elsewhere to aim higher while simultaneously acknowledging that this one practice alone is creating positive impact.
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