B Corp stands for Benefit Corporation. B Corporations get certified by the non-profit organisation B Lab. Companies with B Corp Certification voluntarily aim for the highest standard of social and ecological achievements, responsibility and transparency. By doing so, these companies together move our economy in the direction of greater inclusivity and sustainability.
Companies with B Corp Certification also commit to acting within a legal framework: whenever a decision is made, the company needs to take into account that decision's impact on employees, customers, suppliers, society and the environment.
Around the world today, almost 2800 corporations are B Corp Certified, across 150 sectors and 64 countries. Since its founding in 2007, B Corp has been particularly successful in the United States, South America, Canada and Australia. As of 2015, European companies can get certified too. That year, sixty organisations took the initiative, including several from Belgium and the Netherlands. Today, Europe counts over 500 B Corps, of which more than 75 in the Benelux.