The Center for Social Innovation & Enterprise is collaborating with New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR) and launched UNH’s first “B Impact Clinic” in the Spring of 2019.
The B Impact Clinic gathers teams of cross-discipline undergraduate students to serve as consultants for New Hampshire companies that are working to complete their B Impact Assessment. The BIA is an open-access, rigorous assessment tool, which is widely regarded as a comprehensive way to assess a company’s impact. Company leaders who want to address their social and environmental impact can receive help from UNH students. Students are matched with companies to help them complete the assessment, become B Corp certified, recertified, or to simply understand how they perform.
What is a B Corp?
Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.
B Corp certification is about a decade old. There are now 2655 companies across 150 industries that are certified including Patagonia, Danone, Ben & Jerry’s, Cabot, Seventh Generation and Eileen Fisher. New Hampshire is proud to be home to several leading B Corps including Stonyfield, W.S. Badger, Pete and Gerry's Organic Eggs, ReVision Energy, Veris Wealth Partners, and Mascoma Bank. There are a number of certified B Corps in the surrounding states as well. Companies are certified based on a lengthy and rigorous assessment process, and are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment.