Multiple governing bodies and advisory bodies oversee the work of B Lab, the global B Corp Movement, and the requirements for B Corp Certification.
Standards and Governance
Board of Directors
B Lab is governed by a dynamic process of broad, transparent,?multi-stakeholder engagement. The Board of Directors establishes Advisory Councils to ensure continuous incorporation of best thinking and practices into B Lab's mission and activities. The Board also has ultimate decision-making authority on recommendations coming from the Advisory Councils and oversees strategy, budget and operations.
Global Governance Council
The Global Governance Council oversees the global growth of B Lab and the B Corp Movement. The 11-member council has representatives from each global partner organization, including B Lab US & Canada, and B Lab’s Independent Board of Directors. The responsibilities of the GGC include global expansion, policy strategy, amongst others.
Co-Chair: Bart Houlahan,
Co-Chair: Mele-Ann Havea,
Juan Pablo Larenas,
Standards Advisory Council
B Lab’s Standards Advisory Council (SAC) is an independent multi-stakeholder council composed of experts on sustainable business from around the world that are responsible for overseeing the performance standards for B Corp Certification, including the B Impact Assessment. It consists of two subcommittees, one focused on the overall certification requirements and standards (the Main SAC), and another focused on specific application of the standards for large companies (the Multinational Company Subcommittee).
The Main Subcommittee oversees the overall performance requirements for B Corp Certification, the content and scoring of the B Impact Assessment (BIA), the development of position statements on Controversial Issues, and Disclosure Review eligibility cases for companies under $1B in revenue (including those identified by B Lab’s public complaints mechanism). They are also responsible for approving addenda to the BIA created by expert working groups, and adjudicating any appeals regarding interpretation of the BIA.
The Multinational Subcommittee of B Lab’s Standards Advisory Council is responsible for applying the Performance Requirements of the B Corp Certification and Movement Builders program for large companies, including evaluations of company compliance with Baseline Requirements for B Corp Certification for $5B+ Parent Companies, Disclosure Review eligibility for $1B+ companies, and participation as a B Movement Builder.
Main Standards Advisory Council
Carlos Eduardo Lessa Brandao,
Jessica Yinka Thomas,
Katsonai (Kaye) Materake,
Thomas van Craen,
Multinational Company Subcommittee
Marie de Muizon,
Tarcila Reis Ursini,
Advisory and Working Groups
The B Impact Assessment is tailored to a company's size, sector, and market. When the need arises for more nuance in assessing the impact of particular topic areas, models, or industries, B Lab convenes expert working groups to develop standards for approval by the Standards Advisory Council. See a list of active and?past working groups.