What are B Corporations?
In short, a B Corporation is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk.
B Corporations are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.
Today, there is a growing community of more than 1,000 Certified B Corps spanning 33 countries and over 60 industries, working together toward one unifying goal: to redefine success in business.
North Carolina B Corps Community
NC State is an active participant in the North Carolina B Corp community, an informal network of Certified B Corporations and like-minded allies, dedicated to promoting business as a force for social and environmental good, both in North Carolina and around the world.
The community organizes events. We advocate for mission-driven businesses. And we raise awareness about how businesses can do more to improve their social and environmental impact and invest in their communities.
NC State B Corp Programs
The Poole College Business Sustainability Collaborative is working with a number of NC State and community partners to provide opportunities to connect students, faculty, and staff to the growing NC B Corps community. The goal is to work on experiential learning projects that will help to build the community.
The NC State B Corp Clinic
The NC State B Corp Clinic is a collaboration between the BSC, the NC State Entrepreneurship Clinic, the NC State Net Impact Chapters and HQ Raleigh to connect aspiring B Corps in the HQ network to teams of students and mentors to work through the certification process.
B Corp Champions Category in eGames
The B Corp Champions Category in the Lulu eGames is a new track in our NC State student business plan competition, designed to support aspiring student entrepreneurs in building the next generation of B Corps. $10,000 in prize money and expert judges are made possible thanks to the generous support of some NC B Corp Champions, including Seventh Generation, The Redwoods Group, Murphy's Naturals, and HQ Raleigh.
The Comprehensive Business Case for Sustainability, Harvard Business Review, October 21, 2016
It Pays to Become a B Corp, Harvard Business Review, December 06, 2016
Another Look at the Benefits of B Corp Certification, B the Change Media, December 13, 2016