In order to become B Corp certified, we need to demonstrate that we “meet the highest verified standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability”. In social impact measurement speak, it’s aligning our long-term goals, purpose and values with concrete project plans and indicators of change, with built-in measurement to ensure we’re on track (like building our own MEL framework).
To become certified, companies must achieve 80 out of 200 points on the B Impact Assessment, covering 5 impact areas:
From there, they submit their application and wait up to 9 months to receive formal certification. That’s where Clear Horizon is right now – we’ve submitted our application and we’re awaiting accreditation. But a great part of the B Corp initiative is that it’s not static – to improve our score, we can keep working on ways to demonstrate that are making a positive impact. As an organisation that values continuous learning and improvement, that’s a welcome challenge.