Together, we are a force for good

As we redesign and rebuild our global economic system after the COVID-19 fallout and the global uprising against racism, the business community must lead with stakeholders at the heart to ensure an inclusive, equitable, and regenerative future.

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Together, we are resilient

Read inspiring and innovative stories of leadership from Certified B Corporations, the pioneers of responsible and resilient business. By harnessing the power of business, B Corps use growth as a means to a greater end: positive impact for their workers, communities, and the environment.

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Together, we are transforming the world

Businesses of any size, sector, and geographic region are invited to use resources created and curated by B Lab, the nonprofit behind the B Corp movement.

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Together, we Are Building an Inclusive Economy

In order to build a truly just, equitable, and inclusive economic system, the global business community must tackle structural and individual racism.

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About

B Lab is transforming the global economy to benefit all people, communities, and the planet. A leader in economic systems change, our global network creates standards, policies, and tools for business, and we certify companies—known as B Corps—who are leading the way. To date, our community includes over 3,500 B Corps in 70 countries and 150 industries, over 8,000 benefit corporations, and more than 100,000 companies manage their impact with the B Impact Assessment and the SDG Action Manager.

B Interdependent is an initiative from the B Lab Global Network to support businesses around the world by offering relevant and essential resources, and sharing inspiration and leadership from the B Corp community.

Using Business as a force for good

That means putting public health and safety ahead of profits. It means providing high-quality jobs, living wages, health insurance, paid sick leave, flexible work schedules, and more—all of which B Corps do every day, all around the world.

Building A new social contract

This is the time to build a new social contract between business and society—and the key to a resilient economy is both accountability to and prioritizing of workers, communities, and the environment.

Taking Collective action to address global challenges

Not only has COVID-19 created new societal problems, it’s exacerbating long-standing ones, particularly around inequality, poverty, and public health. These issues, and many others, are at the core of the Sustainable Development Goals, which B Lab and the B Corp community are continuously helping drive action toward.

Addressing racial Inequalities

With marginalized communities more likely to die from and be disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, and social unrest on a global scale stemming from inequities and injustices that Black people and marginalized communities experience, B Lab understands that there are inherent intersections between racial justice and COVID-19, and that we must embed dismantling structural racism in our pursuit of an inclusive, equitable, and regenerative economic system.

Principles

Building off of our Declaration of Interdependence, B Lab has developed the following guiding principles for all Certified B Corporations to operate responsibly and use their business as a force for good during COVID-19.

B Corps, however, are not the only businesses who should live into this guidance. All businesses can and should, and we encourage them to make transparent the specific ways that they are living into them.

At a minimum, all responsible businesses are expected to:

•    Adhere to the letter and spirit of health experts and local regulations as they advise businesses on whether and how to operate,
•    Not engage in any exploitative practices that may unfairly benefit them while risking harm to others (including competitors),
•    Manage all decisions with potential negative impacts on stakeholders with due respect and consideration of those stakeholders.

In addition to these minimum expectations, all responsible businesses should, to the extent possible:

•    Treat their most vulnerable stakeholders and those from marginalized communities as a priority in their decision-making,
•    Identify and deliver on opportunities to positively contribute, and optimize, their contribution to the immediate needs of society,
•    Think systemically and collaboratively, not only in understanding our social and environmental challenges, but in how to address them in ways that can extend beyond their own operations,
•    Continue to consider and manage the long term social and environmental performance of their business.

Stories

Inspiring and innovative stories from B Corps in response to COVID-19
Europe

An appreciation to medical workers

Swiss private bank and B Corp Lombard Odier joined forces with Swiss financial services companies, Pictet, Mirabeau and Bordier, to offer 33,000 meals to the staff of HUG, the largest university hospital in Geneva, as an appreciation of their efforts during the pandemic.

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Latin America

Providing people with disabilities the access to critical health information

Specializing in the design and implementation of language learning experiences, Uruguayan B Corp 4D Lab is working to collect, produce and disseminate accessible information about COVID-19 for people with disabilities and their families.

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Africa

Shaping resilient brands through a crisis

Ugandan B Corp Mighty Ally is offering tips on brand management in a crisis and free virtual office hours to answer any questions on your social sector brand or crisis communications during COVID-19 to help shape resilient organizations and scalable brands.

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Australia and New Zealand

Understanding climate change as an ever-present threat

As a carbon neutral company, B Corp tour operator Intrepid Travel has a deep understanding of the persistent threat of climate change. To help others in rebuilding responsibly during the pandemic they created a free 10-Step Quick Start Guide to Decarbonise Your Travel Business.

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Asia

Solving for the alienation of quarantine

Recognizing the feelings of alienation quarantine can bring, Korean B Corp Tree Planet, launched a one for one program where for every companion plant purchased, another one was sent to a friend or family member of the customer.

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US and Canada

Prioritizing the health of employees

American B Corp North Coast Organics, personal care product company, enacted an extra three to six week paid leave package for every staff member. If a staff member remains healthy or does not have to take care of a loved one, this extra time can be used for holiday or be paid out at the end of the year.

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UK

Banding together to aid local communities

UK B Corp Neighbourly set up a COVID-19 Community Fund, backed by partner businesses, to offer a series of micro-grants of up to £400, to support good causes that are helping communities most affected by the pandemic.

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Asia

Removing barriers to information accessibility

In order to ensure that China’s visually impaired population had access to the information they needed to stay safe, Chinese B Corp ShenZhen LianDi launched an online audio Chat Program, the very first of its kind in the country, that enables people with visual impairments to access to critical information needed for self-protection, health and support.

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Latin America

Using technology to open access to medical assistance

As the only B Corp health company in Peru, Doktuz has adapted its Mobile Health Application to provide all Peruvians with the tools to identify symptoms of COVID-19.

More about DoktuzSistema B Peru
Africa

Providing access to clean water

In an effort to flatten the COVID-19 curve, Kenyan B Corp Aqua Clara donated 58 and 100 handwashing stations to Bomet and Nyamira counties respectively to be distributed to various health facilities in the counties to ensure everyone is practicing effective handwashing.

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UK

Strengthening a sense of community through food

A producer of homemade-like frozen food, UK B Corp COOK started the Kindness Fund to provide meals to frontline NHS workers and vulnerable community members. Having met their goal of 100,000 meals, they're continuing to give meals at a smaller scale throughout the summer.

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US and Canada

Caring for people experiencing food insecurity

B Corp Goodr, a sustainable food waste company that believes that hunger isn’t a scarcity issue, but a logistics issue, introduced an emergency one time pick-up request option for businesses looking to donate surplus food to a local non-profit. If you don’t have food to donate, supporters can help by sponsoring grocery or prepared meal deliveries.

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Australia and New Zealand

Ensuring the financial literacy of young students

Banqer, a financial education program used in schools, offered New Zealand secondary schools the high school version of their program at no cost until the end of May 2020.

More about BanqerB Lab Australia & New Zealand
Europe

Offering restaurants a lifeline

Danish B Corp Too Good to Go, a social impact company, launched the initiative “We Care Meals,” making its platform available to all food companies to seamlessly offer customers take-away options.

More about Too Good to GoB Lab Denmark

Resources

COVID-19 Best Practice Resources for Businesses Impact
Regional COVID-19 Resources from the B Lab and Sistema B Global Network
JEDI Resources
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) resources that were curated with a racial-, equity- focused lens
Global

Business Action for Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion During COVID-19

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US and Canada

B Lab US & Canada

Tackling Racism As Accountable Business Leaders

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Global

Culture Amp

Guide on how to prioritize employee experience during a crisis

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US and Canada

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

COVID-19 resources & opportunities for women-owned businesses

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Partner Resources
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