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B Corp Handbook Instructor Guide

The B Corp Handbook Instructor's Guide is designed as a resource for academics who are interested in using the second edition of The B Corp Handbook as a teaching tool both inside and outside the classroom.

Purpose of the Guide

Dear Instructors,

Thank you for your interest in exploring The B Corp Handbook Instructor’s Guide. The guide is designed as a resource for academics who are interested in using the second edition of The B Corp Handbook inside and outside the classroom. The handbook is an essential teaching resource in preparing the next generation of business leaders to build a more sustainable and inclusive economy. It is well suited for courses related to entrepreneurship, business strategy, social entrepreneurship, sustainable business, business ethics, and many other topics. The guide may also be a resource for Net Impact student leaders seeking opportunities to engage with their local business community.

The B Corp Handbook can be taught at the graduate and undergraduate level. Depending on the needs of the course, the handbook can be used in its entirety or by section. This guide will explore how B Corps and the B Economy are driving progress toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs). As a result, it may be of interest to faculty teaching at signatories to the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).  As with the B Corp Handbook, the Instructor’s Guide weaves in a discussion of critical issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion.

You can explore the content of this online teaching resource below. Feel free to share with us below feedback on how we can improve the B Corp Handbook Instructor’s Guide. We look forward to hearing from you.

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The B Corp Handbook is the authoritative guide to the what, why, and how of B Corp certification. Coauthors Ryan Honeyman and Dr. Tiffany Jana spoke with the leaders of over 200 B Corps from around the world to get their insights on obtaining B Corp certification, improving their social and environmental performance, and building a more inclusive and resilient economy. The second edition has been expanded and updated to include a much stronger focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

About the Instructor’s Guide

  • Letter from the Authors of the B Corp Handbook – Hear from Ryan Honeyman and Dr. Tiffany Jana, coauthors of the second edition of The B Corp Handbook about the importance of the Instructor’s Guide.
  • Instructor’s Guide Contents – Read about structure of the Instructor’s Guide which is divided into four sections. Each can be used independently and contain a summary, discussion prompts, activities, resources and more.
  • Acknowledgement from The Authors of the Guide – Learn more about the NC State student leaders and members of the Global B Corp Academic network whose contributions made the Instructor’s Guide possible.


Even without the B Corp Handbook, instructors can start to explore the B Corp movement with the free introduction to the handbook.

“I hope that five years from now, ten years from now, we’ll look back and say B Corporations were the start of the revolution. The existing paradigm isn’t working anymore – this is the future.” – Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia

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