B Impact Clinic

B Impact Clinic
student and clients at presentation

60+

Hours per student spent engaged in experiential learning each semester


100%

Hands-on learning


100%

All participating client companies have improved their impact scores


What is the B Impact Clinic?

In the spring of 2019, we partnered with New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR) to launch UNH’s first B Impact Clinic. The B Impact Clinic gathers teams of undergraduate students from many majors and disciplines to serve as consultants for regional 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. Students help company leaders who want to address their social and environmental impact. Students are matched with companies to help them complete the BIA, become B Corp certified, re-certified, or to simply understand how they perform. 

 Learn about the details of the program in the dropdowns below.

 

This program is possible thanks to the generous support of the Henry David Thoreau Foundation!

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Important Dates & Reminders
 
 

STUDENTS
We accept applications on a rolling basis for future semesters.
Spring Participation Application Deadlines:
October 15: Priority
November 1: Final
Fall Participation Application Deadlines:
March 15: Priority
April 1: Final
Apply

 

COMPANIES
Applications accepted on a rolling basis; now booking for fall 2023.

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QUESTIONS? Contact Kat Hand at Kat.Hand@unh.edu

2021-22 Academic Year Impact

51  students
volunteered
over
2,856 hrs  

Creating 
> $81,000 of value
for the community

B Impact Clinic Evolution

Launch Fall 2018:
Planting the Seed

2  students
1 faculty mentor

1 client:

Koya Leadership Partners

Spring 2019-Spring 2020: Letting it Sprout

31  students
8 peer mentors

10 clients:

Grandy Oats, GWI, Lonza, Orvis, Jack's Pizza, Timberland
Kennebunk Savings, Piscataqua Savings, ADay, Hypertherm

Fall 2020-Fall 2021: Growing the Sapling

72  students
18 peer mentors

18 clients:

Coffee by Design, Laney & Lu, Luke's Lobster, Richardson Media, Stonyfield, Bristol Seafood, Prime Buchholz, L.L. Bean, Good Start Packaging, Dirigo Collective, Kikori, 36 Creative, Dean's Beans, Allagash Brewing, Redbird Media, Atlantic Sea Farms, Bona Fide, Placework

A Two Way Street of Impact

The Clinic has been both hands on and challenging and it's been a real pleasure of just having real world experience working to assess ethical business practices and systems, sustainability methods. 

Fall 2021 B Impact Clinic Student Consultant

I don't think this team will ever understand the impact that they made both for me personally, and for my business. They helped me create such a strong foundation to build our business on and their effort will positively impact Bona Fide forever. 

Fall 2021 B Impact Clinic Client

Watch Team Bona Fide present their end of semester reflections

More Details for Students

The Clinic is a real-world learning opportunity for students to step out of the traditional classroom to work with local companies and gain first-hand experience of what makes a truly sustainable business and successful B Corporation.

As an immersive learning project and an excellent educational platform, the Clinic is centered around “sustainable business”, due to the comprehensive and rigorous assessment that evaluates all aspects of the company’s operations.

Participants will meet weekly to collaborate on their project and participate in lectures and activities discussing how companies can benefit from a triple bottom line: people, planet, and profit.

  • Experience working with businesses in a professional environment on a project that will contribute to the company’s overall success
  • Experience working with peers from all years and different majors
  • Gain invaluable project management skills
  • Resume building
  • Expand your network to local NH and ME businesses
  • Earn credit: This opportunity is available for students to receive two independent study credits (via Dr. Fiona Wilson). This program also satisfies on Business in Practice (BiP) experience requirement for PAUL students.

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  • Meet weekly with clients/B Impact Clinic cohort
  • Spend approximately 1 hour outside of weekly meetings to prepare and complete follow-up work
  • Attend and prepare for the four major events of the semester (which generally run from 5:20-7:00 on Tuesday nights)
    • Student Orientation (first week of classes)
    • Client Kick-off (Second week of classes. Clients present their businesses and goals for the semester and students are able to rank who they would most like to work with)
    • Mid-Semester Check-in (a chance to meet in person with your clients to reflect on, and share with the cohort, what you’ve completed thus far and what your plan of action for the rest of the semester is)
    • Final Presentation Showcase (each team shares the work they completed and the lessons they learned from the Clinic in a 10 minute presentation to clients, UNH faculty and staff, family and friends)

More Details for Company Partners

Small teams of motivated, cross-discipline, UNH students serve as consultants for regional businesses seeking to elevate their social and environmental impact and help them complete the B Impact Assessment (BIA) to understand performance on a full range of sustainability dimensions, including workers, customers, community, environment, and governance. Companies can also use the tool to pursue B Corp Certification.

   PHASE 1
 

   PHASE 2

   PHASE 3

   PHASE 4

Complete a first pass through the B Impact Assessment

Meet student teams and begin to gather data

Student teams perform analysis and introduce recommendations

Student teams present final recommendations at the Showcase

  • Identify a single point person within your company to serve as a primary contact with the student team and commit at least 1 hour per week to the B Impact Clinic
    • This person must commit to weekly video calls with their student consultants. Ideally this would be done on Wednesdays from 5:10-6:00 (as this is when the Clinic meets) but timing can be flexible
  • Participating companies must complete the B Impact Assessment prior to the program start. While not every question has to be answered with 100% certainty, an initial pass through of all the questions you are able to answer is an invaluable time saver. This will allow for the students to dive into helping you with the intricacies of the assessment as well as documentation and suggested improvements as soon as possible.
  • In order to participate fully, company participants are expected to have a representative participate in person or virtually to each of the semester’s three key events:
    • Company Kick-off (in which clients present their businesses and goals for the semester to the student consultants)
    • Mid-semester meeting (a chance to meet in person with your student consultants to reflect on the progress you’ve made and plan for the final few weeks)
    • Final Presentation Showcase (each team shares the work they completed and the lessons they learned from the Clinic in a 10 minute presentation to clients, UNH faculty and staff, family and friends)

About the B Impact Assessment & B Corp Certification

The BIA is administered by the B Lab, a nonprofit that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. The assessment examines a company's impact on their workers, community, environment, and customers along with the company's governance structure and accountability. To become a certified B Corp a company must score 80 out of 200 available points.

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. 

Benefit corporations and Certified B Corporations are often confused. The B Corp Certification is a third-party certification administered by the non-profit B Lab, based in part on a company's verified performance on the B Impact Assessment. The benefit corporation is a legal structure for a business, like an LLC or a corporation. Benefit corporations are legally empowered to pursue positive stakeholder impact alongside profit. Some companies are both Certified B Corporations and benefit corporations, and the benefit corporation structure fulfills the legal accountability requirement of B Corp Certification. Learn more about the difference.

The standards for B Corp Certification are overseen by B Lab's independent Standards Advisory Council. Members of the Standards Advisory Council bring industry and stakeholder expertise to bear during the three-year update cycle for the B Impact Assessment, complaints made against Certified B Corps, and material disclosures made by companies pursuing B Corp Certification.

  • Melissa Duggan Headshot
    Spring 2022 B Impact Clinic
    Melissa Duggan (she/her) was a Business Administration major with a dual option in Marketing and Information Systems & Business Analytics. Melissa applied to the B Impact Clinic because she was passionate about sustainability and its role within companies. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors and listening to music. This was her first semester in the B-Impact Clinic and worked on…
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  • Isabella Cruz-Krahn Headshot
    Spring 2022 B Impact Clinic
    Isabella was a Forest Technology major with an interest in sustainability initiatives. She volunteered at various nature preserves, participated in the National Student Leadership Conference for environmental science, and worked with the City of Mequon Forestry department. Isabella was also a tutor for elementary students at the Durham Community Literacy Center. In her free time, Isabella enjoys…
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  • Moe Festa Headshot
    Spring 2022 B Impact Clinic
    Moe Festa (She/Hers) was a Business Administration major with a focus in Marketing and a dual major in Sustainability. This was her first semester joining the B Impact Clinic. Her pastimes included woodworking, snowboarding, and finding new ways to reduce her carbon footprint (such as making her own lotions and face creams). During the spring 2022 B Impact Clinic, Moe worked on the EmVision…
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  • Amanda Kelly Headshot
    Spring 2022 B Impact Clinic
    Amanda Kelly (She/Her) was a Business Administration major with a focus in management and a dual major in Sustainability. She participated in the clinic twice before, and ecstatically served as a peer mentor the Spring 2022 semester. She greatly enjoyed the clinic and the ability to work with students from different disciplines interested in socially responsible businesses. In her free time,…
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  • Tyler Distefano Headshot
    Spring 2022 B Impact Clinic
    Tyler Distefano (he/him) was a Political Science major in the College of Liberal Arts. His studies focused on American political systems, foreign policy, and comparative government. Spring 2022 was his first semester in the B-Impact Clinic, where he brought his new knowledge in sustainability into the political world. He has held internships with regional planning commissions and nonprofits in…
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